Becoming a “spokesperson for abortion” wasn’t a role Stewart ever imagined she’d play, but now that the local and national spotlights are fixed on her, she welcomes the opportunity to destigmatize abortion.
“Today, when I heard the SCOTUS decision, I was elated. I also think there’s a lot more to be done.”
While Wendy Davis was filibustering three years ago in Austin, Nicole Stewart was five months pregnant in Dallas, facing a life-or-death decision.
Oral Fixation, Dallas’ live version of the Moth Radio Hour, wrapped up its most recent season earlier this month, but you can relive these homegrown stories via the wonders of YouTube.
“We should believe in a woman’s right to make a decision for herself, and this is really what this is about: It’s about civil liberty.”
“Abortions happen to women but men don’t realize it affects them, too. It’s their wives, their daughters, their sisters. It’s something that affects us all.”
That’s what Oral Fixation ultimately is: compelling theater. But it’s also more than that. Each new show and theme might inspire someone from another untouched part of Dallas to share their tale. One thing’s for sure: We’re going to keep listening.
The series typically doesn’t have casual fans. Once someone performs in Oral Fixation, they are definitely part of a close-knit community, staying in touch and attending all the performances.
We lucked out with the night’s theme. Oral Fixation director Nicole Stewart described the show as the “best of season four” in her brief introduction.
“I rented a darling cottage on Ellsworth and got my footing teaching Pilates from the sunroom. Soon I birthed the live storytelling series that’s come to define my role in Dallas arts and culture. And I met my husband.”
This weekend, the Dallas Museum of Art and Oral Fixation will host an evening of personal story telling from immigrants who have made North Texas their home, as part of the Soluna International Music & Arts Festival.
“Ultimately, my goal in sharing these stories is for the citizens of Dallas to give our immigrants more compassion and respect for the journeys that have brought them here.”
Nicole Stewart said the latest proposal on abortions was insulting to her family. “For someone else to dictate the terms of our grief … we both were devastated.”
When Monic Reynoso pushed her wheelchair up to the microphone on the stage of the Texas Theatre this past January, she knew that the story she was about to tell would be the one thing she had spent years trying to put behind
How the lover of personal stories created one of the fasting growing performance events in Dallas, Oral Fixation: An Obsession with True Life Tales.
If you’re a sucker for true life storytelling, you’ll be in good company at Oral Fixation‘s tale-telling events, which were created by neighbor Nicole Stewart as an outlet for her “obsession with true life tales.”
Nicole Stewart experienced the power of storytelling as catharsis first-hand. A story she told in the third season of Oral Fixation about her own struggle with pregnancy and an abortion prompted an outpouring of support from her community, encouraging her “to make gutsier programming decisions.”
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll sigh in agreement and you will certainly be left wanting more. Season four will undoubtedly continue this tradition. It officially kicks off Monday, October 13.
With a name like Oral Fixation, it’s easy to turn heads. But Dallas’ live storytelling series is doing more than that: It’s selling out shows.
As the founder of Dallas’ hit storytelling show Oral Fixation, Nicole participated in Dallas’ own Pecha Kucha Night, where presenters utilize 20 slides for 20 seconds each to cover a vital topic.
“In choosing to put bold, raw stories onstage about abortion, abuse, disability, racism and more, I push the envelope about what is taboo in our society. I hope that Dallas is becoming a safer space to “come out” about the various issues our citizens deal with.”
Nicole Stewart is not shy with her pen. She clutches a bright pink ballpoint in her hand, scribbling a question on the script in front of her, circling one sentence here, underlining another there and labeling a paragraph with a star.
Nicole Stewart talks to KERA’s Anne Bothwell about the reasons she shared her most personal story, and why you might want to consider telling yours.
The day after the abortion, I made a statement to my husband that would change my life even further: “I’m going to share our story.”
Once I knew from traumatic personal experience that there can be loving reasons for a late-term abortion, I felt I couldn’t stay silent.
“I was happily married and more than 20-weeks pregnant with a baby I wanted more than anything. So why was I sitting in a Dallas abortion clinic?”
The most entertaining and memorable live theater I’ve seen in years is the monthly event called Oral Fixation: An Obsession with True Life Tales.
Bored with the ballet, opera and symphony? We’ve found one local production that’ll keep you wide awake in your AT&T Performing Arts Center seat.
The way I see it, Wendy Davis stood up and spoke for me. The least I can do is stand up and tell my story. So here I am.
“By not being forthcoming about the truth of our life experience, we underestimate the abilities of others to empathize. And we rob ourselves of the opportunity to be comforted.”
Oral Fixation, the live storytelling series launched by Park Cities native Nicole Stewart, is going to feature another belle of the Bubble next Monday.
“I refused to allow my tiny son to slowly drown in the womb,” Stewart said during her performance.
The sonogram revealed a number of abnormalities in the baby boy. And Nicole was devastated. “This was the hardest thing I ever dealt with in my whole life,” she said.
This is the third season for the essay series, which outgrew its original space at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and this year moved to Hamon Hall inside the Winspear Opera House.
When Allison Hatfield first started going to “Oral Fixation” at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary museum a year ago, she was only there to support her friend Sara, who was sharing her story for that night’s “Cooking with Gas” show.
“Opening up to someone expands your point of view. It’s the most wonderful reminder that you are not alone, that you are understood, and that you are a member of the human family.”
When you start a conversation with a natural storyteller like Nicole Stewart, it’s hard to stop. Her questions draw you in, even when you’re the one who is theoretically doing the interviewing.
Nicole Stewart’s assembled a winning formula with her series — and one that’s found her project outgrowing the confines of its original home at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary.
It’s following has grown so large that Oral Fixation, Dallas’ only night dedicated to true stories, sells each show out in advance. From an intimacy standpoint, that’s been nice.
This past Tuesday evening I spent another night engulfed in the wonderful world of Oral Fixation. The “True Life Tales” showcased at the MAC Theater continue to showcase the open, intelligent, and moving works of our DFW community.
The storytelling series Oral Fixation is giving North Texans a live platform for personal essays. KERA’s Lyndsay Knecht followed series founder Nicole Stewart and D magazine writer David Hopkins through the editing process before his performance in November. She found it focused much more on personal discovery than dangling participles.
Nicole Stewart has grown her evening of storytelling by local writers, Oral Fixation, into one of North Texas’ hottest tickets.
I was 16 and running for my junior class’ student council vice president position the first time I can distinctly remember it happening.
Nicole Stewart created the now-monthly show “Oral Fixation: An Obsession with True Life Tales.”
The Allure of Dallas’ Fast-Rising Storytelling Series, Oral Fixation.
Oral Fixation is about telling true stories on stage before a live audience. Participants reveal their inner souls as they read their work onstage, sharing transformative moments of their life with the DFW community in an intimate setting.
When Nicole Stewart sparked up Oral Fixation earlier this year, we became instantly addicted.
“Earlier this year we attended the final performance of season one of Oral Fixation. What happened there left us longing for Brooklyn.
Now you can get in on a show that’s a little bit Dallas, a little bit NYC.”
If you haven’t yet checked out this “buzz-y” series, this is your chance to catch up before Season 2 begins on November 6 with the theme “Baby Steps.”
Oral Fixation is a curated night of real-life stories, but it’s no open mic. It is raw, emotional, often funny performances of true tales.
“I also feel alone a lot of the time, and I feel misunderstood,” she says. “I think when we are bold enough to share the truth of our experiences, then we feel less alone.”
Audience members experience the story of a stranger. Their highs and lows, and ultimately come to the conclusion that we all have our unique stories to tell.
“The quality of the writing at this week’s Oral Fixation was sometimes unpolished but consistently interesting. What was most impressive, however, was the sincerity of the writers, who had the courage to put into words and read aloud to a big audience the secret parts of their lives that were funny, sad, sexual and even shocking – but needing to be shared.”
“It’s the perfect night of live theater: Nothing but a bare stage, a bar stool and regular people’s real stories — all taking up little more than an hour. (Numb Butt doesn’t even set in until the 90-minute mark!)”