“Two Peas In A Pod” featuring Tami Stowe

Theme: “Two Peas In A Pod”
Storyteller: Tami Stowe

A chance encounter with a repairman led Tami Stowe to the love of her life, her best friend Brian. Wounded by the failure of past relationships, and seeking solace in the arms of food, Tami opened her heart and home to Brian. When Brian, a personal trainer, began to champion and encourage Tami in her life as a steadfast friend, she lost more than 100 pounds and, in the process, gained the love and loyalty she always deserved.

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“Two Peas In A Pod” featuring Robert Hunt

Theme: “Two Peas In A Pod”
Storyteller: Robert Hunt

The charming and eloquent Robert Hunt peels back the curtain and offers a peek into life as a twin. While their youth certainly included classic twin stunts — like switching places in class to see if the teacher would notice — growing up as a twin is also a process of allowing each other to create your own identities, Robert reveals. In doing so, Robert learns that he and his twin weren’t two of the same; they were always twice as much.

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“Two Peas In A Pod” featuring Kathryn Kowal

Theme: “Two Peas In A Pod”
Storyteller: Kathryn Kowal

The innately kind and compassionate Kathryn Kowal described her earliest memories, which were of being on the run from an abusive father with her mother and siblings. In recalling the bed they shared for the first 18 years of her life, Kathryn articulated the impenetrable bond she shares with her sister. These two little peas literally shared the same pod until they went to college, reminding us of the strong ties that bind a family together, even amid pain, heartache, and growing up.

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“Slippery Slope” featuring Robert Schmidt

Theme: “Slippery Slope”
Storyteller: Robert Schmidt

All Robert Schmidt ever wanted was his father’s approval, and when he didn’t get it, he turned to strippers.While his secret life eventually led to infidelity and cost him his marriage, Robert speaks about how redemption is always possible.

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“Slippery Slope” featuring Christine Zanjanipour

Theme: “Slippery Slope”
Storyteller: Christine Zanjanipour

Veteran Oral Fixation storyteller, and self-professed adrenaline junkie, Christine Zanjanipour, tells the story of a vacation adventure in Jackson Hole, Wyoming that includes an infamous bear and a snowmobile tour during one of the worst snowstorms the town has ever seen! Through this wild ride, Christine reminds us that the line between heart-pounding fun and genuine fear is a very slippery slope, indeed.

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“Slippery Slope” featuring Donny Hornstein

Theme: “Slippery Slope”
Storyteller: Donny Hornstein

An introspective Donny Hornstein detailed the great heartbreak of witnessing his grandfather’s sudden death when he was a young boy, an event which snowballed into a life defined by anger. For Donny, his deep-seated anger and attitude got him fired from many jobs, but ultimately led him to a program of healing and recovery.

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“Slippery Slope” featuring Jay Peeples

Theme: “Slippery Slope”
Storyteller: Jay Peeples

After 16 years in the Air Force Reserves, Jay Peeples had never looked the opposition in the eye. That all changed one night when Jay was on patrol in Saudi Arabia, and faced a potential attack from a pack of men in pastel disco shirts, as if they were plucked straight from Saturday Night Fever.

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“Slippery Slope” featuring Amanda Rodenborg

Theme: “Slippery Slope”
Storyteller: Amanda Rodenborg

She has a heart of gold, and a singing voice to match. Here, Amanda Rodenborg shares the story of how she finally climbed out from under a five-figure credit card debt for “Slippery Slope.”

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Oral History: “Two Peas in a Pod”

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The wonderful cast of “Two Peas In A Pod” on 2/9 at The Wyly Studio Theatre

For our annual Valentine’s Day show, Oral Fixation presented “Two Peas in a Pod” on Monday evening at Wyly Theatre in AT&T Performing Arts Center, and on Wednesday evening at Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. For this special relationship-centric show, seven brave Dallasites gave us the feels as they detailed heart-tugging stories of love and companionship in every imaginable form.

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