Season 3: It’s a Wrap!

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Season 3 was a monumental year for Oral Fixation. Not only did we move into the AT&T Performing Arts Center space in Hamon Hall, but even that incredible venue couldn’t contain the obsession!

After continually selling out show after show, Oral Fixation closed Season 3 in our new venue across the street, with more than 100 additional seats. Oral Fixation fans from across Dallas packed the Wyly for the best housewarming we could have imagined.

After a season defined by both hilarious and heart-wrenching tales, we asked you to tell us what your favorite stories were from Season 3. Hundreds of fans voted, and we were enamored by the eclectic range of selections that stood out to you. You selected seven storytellers who truly represent Oral Fixation: a range of ages, genders, religions, sexual preferences, and political beliefs. They were a quirky group, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Read more

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Amanda Rodenborg

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Love is a powerful thing.  It can even overcome conversion therapy.   Let’s learn more about a brave gal who listened to her heart and got “The Whole Enchilada.”

Amanda Rodenborg moved to Texas thirteen years ago after growing up in the Midwest. She is an enthusiastic, if not very accomplished, runner. A sometimes poet and craft beer aficionado, she shares a home in Dallas with her wife, Heather, and Libby the wundermutt.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Blake Friis

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This story highlights a profound truth: sometimes sibling relationships are tough.  It’s all in how you deal with it.  Let’s meet this big brother!

Blake Friis, if not for the lure of khakis and fluorescent lighting, may have become a fourth-generation farmer in rural Iowa, where he grew up doing the kind of chores that inspire young men to pursue lives of khakis and fluorescent lighting.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Melissa Smrekar

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It’s kind of easy to make fun of Fat Camp.  But what if you’re the counselor?  Before we hear this wacky true tale, let’s get to know this sassy storyteller.

Melissa is a fourth generation Dallasite with an affection for soufflés, sundresses, birthdays and books. Melissa currently works as the director of communications for a local nonprofit and spends her free time working on a collection of short stories and plotting the next stamp in her passport.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Drew Weininger

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Some stories keep you on the edge of your seat.  This haunting tale of a teenage prank gone wrong is gonna make you want to know more about this guy.

At the heart of Drew Weininger is a passion to reach out and connect with others. Born in rural Ohio, he is the son of two teachers and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  Creative by nature, Drew spends his time writing, sketching, and fulfilling his passion in numerous ways.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Allison Hatfield


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Buckle your seatbelts for a wild ride through a naked sketch party.  But first let’s get to know the woman with her clothes on. 

Allison Hatfield is a freelance writer and editor living in Uptown.  She prefers Dallas to NYC, cake to pie, and dogs to cats.  She is an English language aficionado and world champion sleeper.  Despite poor high school attendance and excessive college drinking, she has been fired only once and never spent a day in rehab.
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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Jamie Laughlin

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You may not think a first date could weirder than the classic Cameron Diaz/Ben Stiller matchup in “There’s Something About Mary.”  You would be wrong.  Now let’s meet the gal who makes puking on the first date cool.

Jamie Laughlin bosses words around professionally, both as an advertising copywriter and as a contributing author for the Dallas Observer.She’s a beekeeper, organic gardener and a hoarder of snacks. Jamie’s currently at work on early draft of “Opossum!” a rock opera starring her dog, Nacho.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Byron Sanders

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Prepare to be on an adventure as a Dad tells his story of when his wife struggled for her life as she delivered their second child prematurely. But first, let’s get to know Byron.

Byron Sanders serves as the Executive Director of the Dallas Education Foundation, a charitable non-profit that benefits Dallas ISD.  He also serves various leadership and education roles throughout the city.  His goal: engage with pursuits that improve others’ access to a quality and fulfilling life, wherever that may lead.
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“The Whole Enchilada” featuring Jeanne Henry

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Storyteller: Jeanne Henry

Jeanne Henry who has struggled with obesity her entire life faces her fears of never being accepted by her late mother.

Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts, Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams and now our YouTube Channel to stay up to date on the published stories. So if you missed out on any of the past shows, you finally get your chance to catch up on the action.

“The Whole Enchilada” featuring Jesse Hughey

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Storyteller: Jesse Hughey

Jesse Hughey shares how high the stakes are for him as he participates in a corn dog eating contest.

Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts, Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams and now our YouTube Channel to stay up to date on the published stories. So if you missed out on any of the past shows, you finally get your chance to catch up on the action.

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