The eternally cool and effervescent Mandy Aguilarreturned to the Oral Fixation stage, and invited the audience for a trip down memory lane with a story of the “never-ending slumber party” of life with her best friend, Diana. Mandy and Diana were cut from the same cloth: badass, aspiring artists who favored counter-cultural idea, while still following the rules and making good grades in school. Through a powerful female friendship, founded on championing one another instead of competing, Mandy and Diana succeeded in upholding the spirit of their non-conformist “2.5 Girl” pact — even if they failed at the literal letter of it. It was an excellent reminder that you can grow up, get an office job, get married and have a baby while still being a badass.
With a megawatt smile and an open heart, Kay Seitz tugs at the heartstrings with the story of losing her beloved dog, Bubbles. Amid the tears, though, she’ll remind you that healing and redemption can arrive in many forms — even in the form of a flea-infested Chihuahua in the back of a pickup truck. In the wake of the demise of her relationship, Kay found comfort and companionship in a regal rescue dog that, ultimately, opened her heart to love and be loved again.
Struggling writer Danny Fulgencio, describes falling in love with an equally lost but beautiful photographer. Though her parents viewed him as their “daughter’s rebellion,” the couple moved to picturesque Hawaii together. Nevertheless, their relationship was declining rapidly. Against the backdrop of paradise, the couple endured excruciating turmoil and heartache, including an unwanted pregnancy, as they struggled to make ends meet. Danny’s portrayal of love gained and lost takes the audience on a visceral journey that tugs at every emotion.
The hilarious and fierce Trish Batson introduced the Oral Fixation audience to her two personalities: “Black Trish” and “White Trish.” After her behavior during an argument at work led to unshakable repercussions — including being passed on by co-workers for promotions she deserved — Trish humbly learned how to balance both sides of her personality. Eventually, Trish managed to strike the perfect balance between harnessing her emotions while remaining true to herself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She never wanted to grow up, settle down in the suburbs, work for “the man” or have kids. And next week, Mandy Aguilar talks about her rebellious youth,
on the Oral Fixation stage, for “Two Peas in a Pod.”
Around her work friends, she’s “white Trish,” and when she’s with her family she’s “black Trish.” But this month, on the Oral Fixation stage, Trish Batson explains that these are really just two halves of the same person — “Two Peas in a Pod.”
Trish Batson was raised in Thunder Nation. Her mission is to be kind, make a lasting mark on humanity and see the world. She is a beach bum, a lover of cheese, a quilter, a baker and a dreamer. She’s also the proud parent of Cody Boom Boom, a fat wiener dog.