“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

Theme: “Icing on the Cake”
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

Theme: “Icing on the Cake”
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

Theme: “Icing on the Cake”
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

Theme: “Icing on the Cake”
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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“Icing On The Cake” featuring Bill Holston

Theme: “Icing On The Cake”
Storyteller: Bill Holston

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc. Executive Director Bill Holston took the audience from the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama to the court rooms of Dallas, where he routinely helps survivors of torture who are seeking asylum. “There is no better feeling than knowing that I had a hand in saving someone’s life,” Bill said. His humility and commitment to others inspired us all.

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“Icing On The Cake” featuring Megan Mayo

Theme: “Icing On The Cake”
Storyteller: Megan Mayo

With heaping portions of sweetness and laughter, Megan Mayo kicked off the night perfectly. Her true tale of wrangling her toddler to help deliver her husband a semi-homemade birthday cake and surprise celebration resonated with every parent present. “Our finished cake didn’t resemble the picture on the box at all,” she lamented to loads of laughter.

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Oral History: Icing On The Cake

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On Tuesday, May 10, hundreds of people beat it down to Dallas City Performance Hall to partake in the sweetest treat of the day: the Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) Season Five finale, “Icing on the Cake.” And boy, did our seven storytellers deliver! Rich with all the right ingredients, their seven tales of transformation and change served up a multi-course evening that absolutely satisfied every appetite in the house!

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It’s Showtime!

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Dallas’ beloved live storytelling series for adults wraps up tonight with the final show of its fifth season at the stunning Dallas City Performance Hall in the heart of the Arts District. For this month’s “Icing on the Cake” theme, we’ve baked up something astonishing. Sweeter than chocolate and richer than cheesecake, “Icing on the Cake” is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite.

THE SHOW:

Oral Fixation’s fifth season, concludes with “Icing on the Cake.” There, seven Dallasites will explore both the literal and the figurative meanings of “Icing on the Cake,” from tales of reality show cooking adventures to road trip awakenings, creative cakes to birthday blues, cactus butts to bear caves, and human rights’ protectors to micro-preemie survivors, “Icing on the Cake” has every ingredient required to be amazing.

THE VENUE:

Have you ever been to Dallas City Performance Hall?  It is simply amazing. Located at 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201, the venue is situated between the Wyly Theatre and One Arts Plaza, across the street from Booker T. Washington High School in the heart of the Arts District.  From the comfortable built-in movie theatre-style seating to the fact you can bring your alcoholic beverages into the theatre to its state of the art lights, video and sound capabilities, it is going to rock your world! Valet and self-parking is available at One Arts Plaza, surface lots on Ross Avenue or park free at a meter on Ross. Surrounding dining options before the shows include Lark on the Park, Proof + Pantry and Savor.. You’re going to want to make a habit of catching up with friends at our shows and hitting the town.

TICKETS:

$25 individual tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone at (888) 454-4353, or online through Prekindle. Group and student discounts are available. Students show their ID at the door for $15 tickets.

Rehearsal Roundup: Icing On The Cake

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This past Tuesday evening at The Grove, the Oral Fixation “Icing on the Cake” cast brought together every ingredient necessary to cook up a simply divine rehearsal. Sweeter than buttercream frosting and richer than dark chocolate, it was a multi-layered night of practice, poignancy and the right kind of yucks. After some delicious brick-oven pies from the Oak Cliff restaurant, Nova, the crew was ready to mix it up good.

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With colorful tales of creative cakes that spanned decades and were packed with life lessons, freelance writer Penny Taylor kicked off the night. “Doing my story for the first time in front of others wasn’t easy,” she said. “I didn’t know I’d get that emotional.”

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Sharing his tale of a road trip gone awry, management consultant John Stanton regaled the group with hilarity, moments of clarity and animal adventures galore. “When a menacing 12-point elk blocked the road for his harem to cross, we sat in quiet awe while he stared and lowered his antlers.”

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Personal chef Alyssia Birnbaum’s story of competing in a network TV reality cooking show while pregnant had us all in stitches. “All I remember of filming the first two rounds was barfing into a bin under the counter,” the Mama’s Gotta Eat owner told us.

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Taking us from his boyhood in rural Alabama to the moment he began saving lives by representing victims of torture seeking asylum, Human Rights Initiative Executive Director Bill Holston inspired us all. “As I heard more stories about human rights abuses, I realized I could be a voice for international human rights right here in Dallas,” explained Bill.

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With her heart-wrenching and tumultuous story of giving birth to micro preemie twin girls, Valerie Stokes had us all on the edge of our seats, fighting back tears. “This is the first time some of this has ever been shared,” said Valerie, her own eyes welling up at the end of her tale. “That was not easy.”

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Jacob Longoria’s slice-of-life story of how everything went wrong on his 28th birthday offered some welcome comic relief. “I felt smooth walking into work, knowing my day could only get better,” Jacob shared. Not quite. From there his day got worse — much, much worse.

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Last in the lineup, Megan Mayo topped off the evening perfectly. Her bittersweet and funny tale of baking with her toddler and planning a much-deserved birthday celebration for her husband delivered the goods. “The energy of rehearsal was so positive,” said Megan. “This show is going to be amazing!”

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If your appetite is whet and you’re craving more, don’t delay ➽ BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW and join us on Tuesday, May 10, at 8 p.m. for “Icing on the Cake” at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. Reserved seats are $25, and $15 student tickets available at the door with valid ID. #ComeBeAmazed

Check out our entire batch of “Icing on the Cake” rehearsal photos in the gallery below:

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