“Too Many Cooks” Featuring Michael Serrapica

Theme: “Too Many Cooks”
Storyteller: Michael Serrapica

Being a Bronx-raised Italian, Michael Serrapica grew up with a large family of eaters. There was an audible “mmmm” from the crowd as they salivated over the delicious foods that Michael and his relatives shared at their 1965 Thanksgiving gathering, their most gluttonous meal to date. He ended the evening perfectly, reminding everyone that the reason that we all get together for the holidays is to be together.

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“Too Many Cooks” Featuring Sally Salas

Theme: “Too Many Cooks”
Storyteller: Sally Salas

Everything Sally Salas knows about parenting she learned from Google, a service which really came in handy during all those kitchen talks with her stepdaughter. As a stepmother, one of the many tall tales to dispel from outside influences on her impressionable preteen daughter, was that watermelon causes menstrual cramps.

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“Too Many Cooks” Featuring Amy McCarthy

Theme: “Too Many Cooks”
Storyteller: Amy McCarthy

At first, learning to cook was just an excuse Amy McCarthy used to get out of P.E. class. And in her immediately relatable tale, she talks about how those Home-Ec classes not only soon became a passion, but led to a career in food writing.

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“Too Many Cooks” Featuring Jim Kuenzer

Theme: “Too Many Cooks”
Storyteller: Jim Kuenzer

An OF vet, Jim Kuenzer, took everyone back to the ’80s on a road trip with his college buddies. The audience laughed out loud at this journey with a car full of “sous chefs” on a haphazardly planned escapade to New Orleans.

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“Too Many Cooks” Featuring Maria Fisher

Theme: “Too Many Cooks”
Storyteller: Maria Fisher

Maria Fisher, brought the laughs with the tale of her first restaurant kitchen experience that resulted in a knife vs tongs brawl, and taught her how to be prepared for anything. If nothing else, it’s an interesting peek at the chaos that goes on behind closed kitchen doors at your favorite restaurants.

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It’s Showtime!

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Dallas’ beloved live storytelling series for adults returns tonight with the third show of its 5th Season at the stunning Dallas City Performance Hall in the heart of the Arts District. This month’s “Too Many Cooks,” theme is the perfect way to whet your appetite this Thanksgiving eve. It’s the perfect way to entertain those out of town guests and family members, too.

THE SHOW:

Oral Fixation’s fifth season, continues with a family-friendly “Too Many Cooks”-themed show. There, six Dallasites will explore both the literal and the figurative meanings of having “Too Many Cooks” in their proverbial kitchens, avoiding P.E. class, getting caught in a flood, big Italian Thanksgiving feasts, last minute college road trips and a look at what really goes on behind the closed doors of your favorite restaurant kitchens. Needless to say, this smorgasbord of storytelling is not to be missed!

THE VENUE:

Have you ever been to our new venue 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, Savor and Stephen Pyles. You’re going to want to make a habit of catching up with friends at our shows and hitting the town.

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JOIN THE FUN:
Flex passes and $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 Round-Up: Too Many Cooks

The cast of "Too Many Cooks" at rehearsal getting ready for their big show this Wednesday 11/25 at Dallas City Performance Hall. Get your reserved seats now http://bit.ly/1OaQ9lh — with Michael Serrapica, Amy Elizabeth McCarthy, Jim Kuenzer and Julia Cotton at The Grove, Dallas.
The cast of “Too Many Cooks” at rehearsal getting ready for their big show this Wednesday 11/25 at Dallas City Performance Hall. Get your reserved seats now http://bit.ly/1OaQ9lh — with Michael Serrapica, Amy Elizabeth McCarthy, Jim Kuenzer and Julia Cotton at The Grove, Dallas.

After what may have felt like too many weeks of prep and anticipation, the cast of “Too Many Cooks” got together to give each other a taste test of their stories for Oral Fixation’s November show! This month, with Nicole on maternity leave, Assistant Director Julia Cotton took the reigns as Director for this months show.

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“I’m ready to see how this works in front of a crowd!”  said Michael Serrapica, who was all smiles as he arrived with the ninth version of his story in hand, ready to share with his cast mates. Read more

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Lara Hastings Laschen

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Lara Hastings Laschen is always down to do-it-herself whenever possible — even when it comes to saving her home from one of the worst floods of the century. This month, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage to share one of her toughest DIY battles in “Too Many Cooks.”

Lara Hastings Laschen is an award-winning journalist and writer who is drawn to her wild dogs, her bearded husband and bargain hunts. An avid DIY-er, she is constantly scrubbing paint from underneath her fingernails and searching for the most fun and interesting way of doing things.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Amy McCarthy

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At first, learning to cook was just an excuse Amy McCarthy used to get out of P.E. class. For this month’s “Too Many Cooks” show, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage to talk about how it has since become both a passion and a career. 

Amy McCarthy is a freelance writer living in Dallas, focused on food, cocktails, music and culture. Her writing has appeared at the Dallas Observer, Playboy, Vice, Salon, Cosmopolitan, TIME and Paste Magazine, among other outlets.

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