Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Lulu Ward

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Lulu grew up in a place and at a time when sex education was nonexistent. Her experience directly relates to her upbringing and also informs the next several decades of her life. Hear her story in “Out From Under The Rug.”

Lulu Ward is an actor in Dallas. She was voted “Best Actress” in 2004 by the Dallas Observer, named Actor of the Year by the Dallas Voice in 2011, and named Outstanding Acting Performance in 2015 by the DFW Theatre Critics Forum for her performance in Tennessee Williams’s The Two-Character Play. Lulu teaches theatre at Collin College in Plano, TX.

 

Fixated Facts:

What would you name the autobiography of your life? The Misadventures of a Late Bloomer

What’s your favorite part about Oral Fixation? Theatre’s origins are in storytelling. As an actor, I am definitely drawn to the storytelling aspect of plays. My favorite plays all tell a great story. I think it’s fantastic that storytelling as an art still exists.

 

What do you want to be when you grow up? Patient.

What is your favorite smell? Puppy breath.

Sneak peak: “In the fall, at school, I told no one. I attempted to cleanse myself of the shame by being ‘The Perfect Little Girl.’ I didn’t date. I went to church every Sunday. I made straight A’s. I represented my town in Mississippi’s Jr. Miss Pageant. I became anorexic. I was 54 before I stopped trying to be “The Perfect Little Girl.'”

Don’t miss Lulu on the Oral Fixation stage on Wednesday, Sept. 21

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Elise Bilodeau

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When she was 16, Elise Bilodeau had no idea what her future would look like. Later this month, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Out From Under The Rug” to share her story of how an experience she had as a teenager changed her life.

Elise Bilodeau is a transient liberal, who mistakenly made Dallas home. She works at an abortion clinic and volunteers with TEA Fund and DARCC. Her favorite acquisitions while living in the South include an affliction for cheese fries, a dog named Boo, tattoos, and an appreciation for “family” near and far.

Fixated Facts:

How did you hear about Oral Fixation? 
Since knowing Nicole’s personal connection and commitment to reproductive rights and how she brought voice and vision to that with this platform, I have been inspired – though never realizing that would pull me into its’ orbit.

What’s your favorite part about Oral Fixation? It’s humanity in action–plain and simple. To bring voice to our lived experiences is why we are here.

What’s your favorite smell? Sunscreen–the presumption of safety coupled with the call of the great blue abyss.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Joan Didion–we’ve been in a one-sided love affair for a minute. She’s beauty, and she’s grace–she’s Miss United States.

What would you name the autobiography of your life? The Weather Channel

Sneak peak: “It’s perhaps no surprise I ended up pregnant at 16. But it was a surprise to me. And to my parents…My mother jumped quickly from shock to acceptance–acceptance of my future child and the belief that we could ‘get through this as a family.’”

Don’t miss Elise on the Oral Fixation stage on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Meet the Cast of “Out From Under The Rug” [DALLAS]

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Don’t miss these upcoming stories told live @ Dallas City Performance Hall on Wednesday, September 21.

This fall, Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) sweeps out the shame with “Out From Under The Rug: True Life Tales of Abortion.” Powerful, personal stories, “Out From Under The Rug” will tug at your heart strings with empowering tales from men and women whose lives have been affected by abortion and women’s rights activism. Taking the Dallas City Performance Hall stage on Wednesday, September 21 at 8 p.m., our eight storytellers will motivate, impact, and encourage audience members to join them in chipping away at the stigma of abortion. From renowned physicians to clinic workers, women’s rights advocates to clergy, and brave young women to devoted best friends, “Out From Under The Rug” will personalize stories that often get distorted by the political spotlight. In advance of the presidential election this November, our presenters will leave viewers with more understanding of real experiences from a variety of different perspectives. Do not miss this show! $25 tickets are on sale now! Keep an eye out for more details: storyteller profiles will be published in coming weeks. First, though, some introductions are in order:

  • Unitarian Minister Rev. Daniel Kanter reflects on his life, looking back to a moment in his youth and revealing how one decision shaped his future.
  • An abortion provider shares his story of how he came to support women’s rights through his career.
  • His best friend wants to have a baby (desperately), but when things go wrong, Clark Harding supports her through a difficult decision.
  • Not having any practical or even theoretical knowledge about sex, Lulu Ward gets pregnant at 15.
  • Raised in a Mexican Catholic family, Emily Cortez wavers between feeling guilty and believing she made a selfless decision after having an abortion.
  • After having an abortion as a teenager, Elise Bilodeau devotes her life to working in an abortion clinic and helping other women.
  • Caught up in a brittle on-again-off-again relationship, Britt Payne learns that her pregnancy will not create the stability and life she longs for.
  • Show host, Nicole Stewart, opens up about her own personal experience with a late-term abortion due to medical anomaly and her passion to protect women’s reproductive rights.

Join us on Wednesday, September 21, at 8 p.m. at Dallas City Performance Hall. $25 individual tickets are on sale now. More info to come on every storyteller as their profile is published in the coming days. We can’t wait to see you there!

“Icing On The Cake” featuring Jacob Longoria

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Storyteller: Jacob Longoria

With both hilarity and sweetness, Jacob Longoria entertained the audience with a tale about how his 28th birthday went wildly awry. Fired, rejected by a sexy neighbor, and then physically assaulted, he was “bleeding like a 1970s pro-wrestler!” That night, however, everything changed. Spotting the girl of his dreams, Jacob boldly asked, “Are you a single lady by chance?” Indeed she was, and today, she’s his wife!

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“Icing On The Cake” featuring Alyssia Birnbaum

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Storyteller: Alyssa Birnbaum

When personal chef, and Mama’s Gotta Eat owner, Alyssia Birnbaum shared her experience of auditioning and participating in the NBC reality cooking show Food Fighters, we were clutching our sides in laughter. “Casting agents were clearly more interested in each person’s story rather than their food,” she recalled. “And I had a great story: Biracial infertile mom who adopts and wants more kids! When it was my turn, I laid it on thick!”

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“Icing On The Cake” featuring Valerie Stokes

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Storyteller: Valerie Stokes

Communications Professional Valerie Stokes’ heart-wrenching story of her twin daughters’ micro preemie birth had many in the audience shedding tears. And when her daughters came home after more than three months in the NICU, we all rejoiced right along with her. “Today, I’m grateful, because it’s one more day with my girls,” Valerie shared. “Every day with them is the icing on the cake.”

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“Icing On The Cake” featuring John Stanton

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Storyteller: John Stanton

Management consultant John Stanton’s wild tale of a Colorado-bound road trip with two of his sons enthralled the audience with both beauty and laughter. From “the breathtaking landscape of orange and yellow clouds against sunlit, rough mountains” to the tales of “cactus butt” or the moment John realized that he’d become exactly the dad his boys need, we were all in, relishing the ride.

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“Icing On The Cake” featuring Penelope Taylor

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Storyteller: Penelope Taylor

With her detailed descriptions of cakes and cupcakes galore, freelance writer Penny Taylor had many in the audience wishing for actual dessert! Spinning tales of her life’s ups and downs and the many sumptuous concoctions along the way, she concluded, “There’s something I will always insist on: There must be cake.”

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“Pulling Teeth” featuring Stan Cobb

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Storyteller: Stan Cobb

With a story that spanned decades, Stan Cobb — dentist, painter, pastor, professor, and cowboy — shared his challenging tale of starting over at age 42. “I was jumping off a cliff and taking three people with me,” he said. With a Texas twang that filled the performance hall, Stan tied up our evening perfectly by reminding us all, “it is the people in our lives that matter most.”

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