Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Cheryl Norris
A Peace Corp alum who loves to laugh, Cheryl Norris shares her fateful tale of spinning the Wheel of Fortune (literally!) at our October show, “Go With the Flow.”
Cheryl Norris recently returned to her home state of Texas after spending 22 years in Chicago, where it was lovely but just too cold. Now it’s too hot. She has a very talented daughter, Rachel, her own consulting and training business, and two cute but annoying dogs.
How did you hear about Oral Fixation? I saw Oral Fixation at WaterTower Theatre recently, and it was a lot of fun. There is something charming about people reading aloud their own true stories. It gets people in the audience thinking about their own experiences.
What other story did you consider submitting to Oral Fixation and why? I thought about submitting a story about when I joined the Peace Corps right out of college. I went to Nepal. Before that I had traveled out of Texas only once, and that was to Oklahoma — not much culture shock there. Needless to say, my Peace Corps experience didn’t turn out as planned.
What is the weirdest compliment you’ve ever received? My Aunt Ruthie, who makes an appearance in my story for Oral Fixation’s “Go With the Flow,” would always say to me, “Cheryl Ann, sometimes you can look so pretty, but, sweetie, sometimes you just look like aaaawful!” My Aunt Ruthie was always very direct.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade and why would you recommend it? Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson. I laughed out loud through most of this book. Hilarious.
Sneak peek: “You know we would do it for you if we could, but what with my one kidney and your Aunt Margie’s heart problem, we couldn’t even make it to the boots of Big Tex, much less that game show tryout.”