“Pulling Teeth” featuring Stan Cobb

Theme: “Pulling Teeth”
Storyteller: Stan Cobb

With a story that spanned decades, Stan Cobb — dentist, painter, pastor, professor, and cowboy — shared his challenging tale of starting over at age 42. “I was jumping off a cliff and taking three people with me,” he said. With a Texas twang that filled the performance hall, Stan tied up our evening perfectly by reminding us all, “it is the people in our lives that matter most.”

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“Pulling Teeth” featuring Tracy Hawkins

Theme: “Pulling Teeth”
Storyteller: Tracy Hawkins

Having suffered the ravages of meth addiction, Tracy Hawkins gave the audience a primer on why meth destroys teeth and how she once convinced herself to make her own new teeth out of fake fingernails. “I looked like a beaver on meth,” Tracy told us. In the end, though, thanks to Attitudes & Attire, Tracy ended up with one of the world’s best smiles.

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“Pulling Teeth” featuring Peter Luby

Theme: “Pulling Teeth”
Storyteller: Peter Luby

OF veteran Peter Luby took audience members to Morocco, where he and his wife were once stationed in the Peace Corps, and things went awry. Peter hoped third-world suffering would build his character, but in the end, it was the act of having to look out for the woman he loved and getting her back home safely that did the trick.

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“Pulling Teeth” featuring Anna Lassiter

Theme: “Pulling Teeth”
Storyteller: Anna Lassiter

Captivating the audience, former inner-city school teacher Anna Lassiter exhibited tremendous courage when she told the audience about the tragic loss of a college roommate and the guilt she later harbored over finally giving up on a student she couldn’t save. “Sometimes a tooth is so rotten, it has to be pulled to save the rest of the teeth,” she said.

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“Pulling Teeth” featuring Yasmin Waring

Theme: “Pulling Teeth”
Storyteller: Yasmin Waring

When one of her baby teeth hung around into adulthood, author Yasmin Waring told audiences of how she nicknamed it Pippi — and blamed it for her own transgressions. After her father’s passing, however, Pippi finally went, too. “Baby tooth #T was replaced and officially crowned #29,” Yasmin told us. “She’s all grown up now. And so am I.”

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“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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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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