Having suffered the ravages of meth addiction, Tracy Hawkins gave the audience a primer on why meth destroys teeth and how she once convinced herself to make her own new teeth out of fake fingernails. “I looked like a beaver on meth,” Tracy told us. In the end, though, thanks to Attitudes & Attire, Tracy ended up with one of the world’s best smiles.
OF veteranPeter Luby took audience members to Morocco, where he and his wife were once stationed in the Peace Corps, and things went awry. Peter hoped third-world suffering would build his character, but in the end, it was the act of having to look out for the woman he loved and getting her back home safely that did the trick.
Captivating the audience, former inner-city school teacher Anna Lassiter exhibited tremendous courage when she told the audience about the tragic loss of a college roommate and the guilt she later harbored over finally giving up on a student she couldn’t save. “Sometimes a tooth is so rotten, it has to be pulled to save the rest of the teeth,” she said.
When one of her baby teeth hung around into adulthood, author Yasmin Waring told audiences of how she nicknamed it Pippi — and blamed it for her own transgressions. After her father’s passing, however, Pippi finally went, too. “Baby tooth #T was replaced and officially crowned #29,” Yasmin told us. “She’s all grown up now. And so am I.”
Having gotten lucky and survived colon cancer, writer and improv artist Greg Silva took the audience from despair to stitches with his hilarious tale of having to poop by 5 p.m. in order to go home following surgery. “I tried thinking happy thoughts,” Greg said. “But no luck. My bags were packed — but so were my intestines.”
School psychologist Poonam Desai kicked off the night by charming the audience with her winning smile — and the story of the metal her mouth once endured to acquire it. With wit and grace, Poonam chronicled her adventures in orthodontia as well as her personal journey of achieving balance between two cultures.
Jeffry Farrell’s tale of his friendship with mentor Kumar Pallana (of Bottle Rocket fame) spanned decades, from the Thanksgiving night they met to the morning Jeffry placed Kumar’s ashes in the Ganges River in India. Filled with life lessons, Jeffry’s story resonated with many in the audience.
With a harrowing tale of survival and fighting back against domestic violence, Nicole Fillion-Robin takes the audience from the depths of despair to the heights of empowerment. And when she informed them that her perpetrator now sits in jail, they broke into rapturous applause.
Once enmeshed in gang life, English Professor Darius Frasure recounts a turning point in his life where everything changed for him. “With most of my homies dropping out of school, committing suicide, getting locked up or dying,” he realized. “Leaving was the only way to secure my future.”
Brooke Lancaster takes audiences on a wild ride with a roommate and best friend that turns out to have a double life on the wrong side of the law. And the way she winds up finding out will really blow you away.