“Outside The Box” featuring April Swartz-Larson

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Storyteller: April Swartz-Larson

In the Dallas suburb of McKinney, it is definitely an outside-the-box idea to crown an openly gay student as homecoming queen. April Swartz-Larson’s coronation thrust her into the public eye, and the media has peppered her with questions about what it feels  like to be Texas’ Gay Homecoming Queen. On the Oral Fixation stage, however, April was able to tell her story in her own words for the first time.

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“Outside The Box” featuring Ernest McMillan

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Storyteller: Ernest McMillan

In his powerful, outside the box story, the draft dodging Dallasite, Ernest McMillan, talks about his journey from Black Power fugitive in West Africa in the ’60s, to community builder in Houston’s bloody Fifth Ward in the 2000’s before returning home.

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“Outside The Box” featuring Jenny Block

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Storyteller: Jenny Block

Author and Huffington Post writer Jenny Block details her journey of sex, love and marriage, describing how she and her husband settled into an open-marriage. She challenged the audience to consider the fact that outside-the-box choices are to be respected in the same way that “normal” choices are, whatever “normal” even means! As a straight, then bisexual, and now lesbian woman, Jenny shared how her sexuality has changed over time and how she and her husband make this very unconventional arrangement work for them.

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“Outside The Box” featuring Randy E. Aguebor

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Storyteller: Randy E. Aguebor

With an infectious smile and one-in-a-million voice, Randy Aguebor talks about the pressures of his family to have a conventional career in nursing, despite his lifelong dream to be a voice actor. This year, though, Randy decided to quit living in the box of everyone else’s expectations and started living for himself, embarking on a journey towards being man whose voice is heard around the world.

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“Outside The Box,” Featuring Maureen Brice Bordelon

Theme: “Outside The Box”
Storyteller: Maureen Brice Bordelon

The calm, cool, and collected Maureen Brice Bordelon described the day when her entire world was turned upside down, as a doctor diagnosed her youngest son with autism. Maureen recalled the moments that left her on the shower floor in tears, as well as the moment when she picked herself up and refused to be a victim of a disease she hates so fiercely. Our hearts broke with Maureen in those hard moments, but also we rejoiced alongside her when she described the first time her son, who might never have spoken, said, “Mama, I love you.”

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“Outside The Box,” Featuring Julia Cotton

Theme: “Outside The Box”
Storyteller: Julia Cotton

The charismatic and hilarious Julia Cotton reflects back to high school, where she aspired to date outside her box of band nerds. In particular, she yearned for the love of one “fine chocolate specimen,” an out-of-her-league football star named Darren.

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Oral History: “Outside the Box”

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After three-plus years of incredible shows featuring brave Dallasites, there was just something special about this month’s show, “Outside the Box.” Many of our fans agreed, leaving the Wyly on Monday and Texas Theatre on Wednesday remarking that it was one of the best shows they could remember. Our seven brave first-time storytellers, with stories as diverse as their personalities, bared their souls on stage with hilarious and heartbreaking tales of an atypical event, time, choice, or decision in their lives. Enjoy this glimpse into the box!

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Jenny Block

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She misses Buli and swing sets and would wear a tutu every day of the week if it was even remotely socially acceptable. And this month, Jenny Block shares the continuing story of her open marriage on the Oral Fixation stage for “Outside the Box.”

Jenny Block is the author of the Lambda Award-winning book Open: Love, Sex, and Life in as Open Marriage. Her writing appears in and on HuffingtonPost.com, Curve magazine, Dallas Voice, and Edge Media Network. Her new book, due out next year, is Oh Wow! Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Randy E. Aguebor

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He’s flexible enough for the splits and does a pretty good Elmo impersonation. But next week you will find Randy E. Aguebor speaking only as himself in his Oral Fixation debut for the last show of 2014, “Outside the Box.”

The product of hardworking parents and an excellent education, Randy E. Aguebor is the student who’d always get in trouble for reading novels during class.  Armed with a lifelong fascination with words and a voice described as dark, smooth, melodic, and reassuring, Randy is pursuing a career as a voice actor. 

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