“Pulling Teeth” featuring Greg Silva

Theme: “Pulling Teeth”
Storyteller: Greg Silva

Having gotten lucky and survived colon cancer, writer and improv artist Greg Silva took the audience from despair to stitches with his hilarious tale of having to poop by 5 p.m. in order to go home following surgery. “I tried thinking happy thoughts,” Greg said. “But no luck. My bags were packed — but so were my intestines.”

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“Pulling Teeth” featuring Poonam Desai

Theme: “Pulling Teeth”
Storyteller: Poonam Desai

School psychologist Poonam Desai kicked off the night by charming the audience with her winning smile — and the story of the metal her mouth once endured to acquire it. With wit and grace, Poonam chronicled her adventures in orthodontia as well as her personal journey of achieving balance between two cultures.

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Meet The Cast of “Icing On The Cake”

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Don’t miss these upcoming stories told live @ Dallas City Performance Hall on Tuesday, May 10.

For its season finale, Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) has baked up something astonishing. Sweeter than chocolate and richer than cheesecake, “Icing on the Cake” is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite. Taking the Dallas City Performance Hall stage on Tuesday, May 10 at 8 p.m., our seven storytellers will mix it up and deliver the goods. From reality show 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 all ingredients to be amazing. Give your sweet tooth what it craves and follow this recipe: 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:

  • Former full-time trial attorney Bill Holston finds purpose in fighting for human rights.
  • Through pink cake and pee, Megan Mayo’s well-organized plan for her husband’s birthday is dashed.
  • On his birthday, Jacob Longoria is rejected, fired, and assaulted — can it get worse?
  • Writer Penny Taylor’s life is layered thick with cakes, cupcakes, and creativity.
  • On a crazy road trip with his sons, John Stanton gets more than he bargained for.
  • Personal chef Alyssia Birnbaum wins big on a network television reality cooking show.
  • And when Valerie Stokes’ twins are born micro-preemies, everything hangs in the balance.

Join us on Tuesday, May 10, at 8 p.m. at Dallas City Performance Hall. $25 indivudal 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!

Oral History: Pulling Teeth

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On Wednesday, April 13, the cast of “Pulling Teeth” took to the Dallas City Performance Hall stage and delivered just what the dentist ordered: seven crowning tales of transformation and change. Funnier than laughing gas and deeper than a root canal, our “Pulling Teeth” storytellers led the audience on a wild ride that drilled deep, aligned smiles and filled the cavities within. From literal to metaphorical, these “Pulling Teeth” tales went down easy. 

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It’s Showtime!

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Dallas’ beloved live storytelling series for adults returns tonight with the penultimate show of its 5th season at the stunning Dallas City Performance Hall in the heart of the Arts District. This month’s “Pulling Teeth” theme will really help you sink your teeth into spring. Funnier than laughing gas and more effective than Novocain, “Pulling Teeth” is just what the dentist ordered.

THE SHOW:

Oral Fixation’s fifth season, continues with “Pulling Teeth.” There, eight Dallasites will explore both the literal and the figurative meanings of having a “Pulling Teeth,” with tales of braces, cavities, drug addictions and dying parents. Oh, and poop. The prognosis is positive, but you must fill your prescription.

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, 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.

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: Pulling Teeth

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This past Saturday, the Oral Fixation “Pulling Teeth” cast gathered at The Grove. Excitement, anxiety, and wisdom all came together to crown weeks of writing, rewriting, and still more rewriting. Following some great brick-oven pizzas from the Oak Cliff restaurant, Nova, this crew was ready to start practicing!

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With tales of braces, retainers and a seeming Medieval-torture device called The Expander, school psychologist Poonam Desai broke the ice with grace and humor.

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Writer and improv artist Greg Silva had the cast in stitches, explaining in detail the various ways he once attempted to cajole his colon back into operation after a surgery. He also showed the cast his commemorative large intestine tattoo. “You don’t see one of those every day,” remarked one cast member.

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Former teacher and Hockaday alum Anna Lassiter fought back tears over a difficult memory — but then in minutes had everyone laughing at her creative attempts to control a troubled student.

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Author Yasmin Waring impressed all with her Bugs Bunny impression, only to then touch everyone with bittersweet memories of her father’s final days.

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OF Veteran Peter Luby took us to a dentist’s office in Morocco, where he ended his cavity-free life — without the benefit of Novocain!

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With sass and wit, Tracy Hawkins wowed the cast with her tale of overcoming addiction and getting her smile back.

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With a voice made for public speaking and storytelling, dentist, professor, pastor and painter Stan Cobb took cast members on a decades-long ride that spanned cities, friends, pulled teeth and lots of change.

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If you want more details on any of these great tales — and also want to see something that will truly inspire you, move you and make you laugh aloud — join us on Wednesday, April 13, at 8 p.m. for “Pulling Teeth” at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. Buy your tickets now! ($15 student tickets are available at the door with valid ID.) #DoNotMissThisShow

Check out our entire batch of “Pulling Teeth” rehearsal photos in the gallery below:

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Peter Luby

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Veteran storyteller Peter Luby hoped joining the Peace Corps would “test his mettle and sharpen his sense of humor.” Later this month, he returns to the Oral Fixation stage in “Pulling Teeth,” where he’ll talk about how the experience tested his limits and led to his first-ever cavity. 

Peter Luby is a grant writer and Oral Fixation’s membership coordinator. He lives in Fort Worth. He and his wife Britt welcomed their first son, Martin, to the world just five weeks ago. So he’s tired. And happy.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Yasmin Waring

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Yasmin Waring is absolutely fearless, a trait she inherited from her daddy. And this month, she takes the Oral Fixation stage in “Pullin Teeth” to talk about transitioning from his child to his daughter. 

Yasmin Waring’s parents were both STEM professionals. Her father Joseph was a mathematician, and her mother Betty a nurse. And the sum of their efforts resulted in a child that still, to this day, counts using her fingers. She did, however, earn a Master’s degree, a law degree and Steve Wozniak’s bad ass business card.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Anna Lassiter

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Anna Lassiter is a teacher that never likes to give up on a student, no matter how unruly they become. Later this month she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Pulling Teeth” to talk about Julio, who pushed her to her limit.

Anna Lassiter grew up in Dallas, and is back after 11 years away. She spent five of those years teaching, and the three years since trying to catch her breath. On the weekend, you can find her reading, settling Catan and snacking.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Tracy Hawkins

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Tracy Hawkins loves to laugh. But for awhile there, thanks to her meth habit, showing her teeth was something she was too embarrassed to do. In a few weeks, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Pulling Teeth” to talk about how she got her smile back.

With four children and eight grandchildren, Tracy Hawkins loves her life packed full with family, camping, dancing and four-legged friends: a chow named Buddy and a rabbit named Olivia Bunny Benson. Close to becoming a licensed chemical dependency counselor, Tracy looks forward to helping others find their way.

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