Jump Off A Cliff

Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) is kicking off Season 6 with “Jump Off A Cliff”! Headlining this power-packed show is former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who sued Fox CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Carlson’s personal story will draw from her new book, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back, which highlights how she completely transformed her life by jumping off a cliff in her career—a transformation so impactful it inspired Oral Fixation to assemble this special show, featuring an all-female cast:

  • Mired in grief over the untimely death of her brother, Amy Pengra Button finds hope from an unlikely activity.
  • Attempting to find a new hobby, Dawynn Edwards awkwardly and hilariously braves a climbing gym.
  • Searching for connection, Anjelica Ruiz goes against the wishes of her mother and leaves Christianity.
  • Emma Vrabel—14, living with albinism, and attending a new school—discovers the power of self-advocacy.
  • After nearly two decades of stuffing her emotions, Latvian-born Tereze Gruntmane finds her voice.
  • For Rachel McEnany, when previous efforts to conquer her fear and anxiety fell short, she tried something completely different—falling to earth instead.

More info to come on all the storytellers as their profiles will be published in the coming days. In the meantime, please make plans to join us on Friday, November 3, at 8 pm in Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House $40 individual tickets can be purchased in person at 2403 Flora Street, by phone at 214.880.0202, or online via Ticket DFW. All tickets to “Jump Off a Cliff” include a copy of Carlson’s new book. Discounted Lexus Parking will be $10.

Share Your Story: “Jump Off a Cliff”

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What does it mean?

– jumping off a cliff as a form of sport (source: Wikipedia).

– taking a risk or leap of faith (source: The Dream Diary).

– wishing to give up or quit, feeling hopeless (source: Urban Dictionary).

– part of “go jump off a cliff,” as in “get out of here, go away” (source: Dictionarist).

Example Sentences:

Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down (Source: Ray Bradbury).

If your friends jump off a cliff, are you going to jump too? (source: The Phrase Finder).

Bro, I want to die, I want to jump off a cliff! (source: Urban Dictionary)

Love meant jumping off a cliff and trusting that a certain person would be there to catch you at the bottom (Source: Jodi Picoult).

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“Icing On The Cake” featuring Bill Holston

Theme: “Icing On The Cake”
Storyteller: Bill Holston

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc. Executive Director Bill Holston took the audience from the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama to the court rooms of Dallas, where he routinely helps survivors of torture who are seeking asylum. “There is no better feeling than knowing that I had a hand in saving someone’s life,” Bill said. His humility and commitment to others inspired us all.

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Icing On The Cake

Stories about getting even more than what you wanted, baking, wedding cake, birthday stories, an extra enhancement, a welcome wonderful surprise.

“Icing On The Cake” will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 5/10/2016 at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St, Dallas TX 75201. Individual tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone at (888) 454-4353, or online via PreKindle. Group and student discounts are available. Valet and self-parking is available at One Arts Plaza or park free at a meter on Ross. This show is made possible thanks to WORDSPACE.

Announcing Season 5 & More!


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WHOO HOO! It’s time to announce our Season 5 venue, dates, themes & a new partnership. Here’s all the info you need to know about your favorite live storytelling series for adults. We can’t wait to start receiving your story submissions and get the best in Dallas storytelling up on our stage! Drum roll please…
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Destination America

“Destination America” will be held at 7:30pm on Saturday 5/16 at Horchow Auditorium in the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood Street, Dallas, TX 75201. $5 self-parking is available underground in the DMA garage or park free at a meter on Ross. Tickets are $35 (public), $30 (DMA Partner), and $15 (student). Tickets can be purchased online via TicketLeap or via phone at (214) 922-1818.


Oral Fixation is honored to present a Dallas Museum of Art organized event on Saturday May 16th at 7:30pm in Horchow Auditorium, part of the Museum’s Arts & Letters Live series, entitled “Destination America.” Every day we interact with men and women who have traveled far from home to make new lives in America. Ever wonder what it was that instigated such a major life change? Or what it was like growing up in another country? These are the types of questions that will be explored in this special edition of Dallas’s hit storytelling series Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales), produced by Nicole Stewart. The storytellers’ journeys and voices will inspire you, surprise you, and, quite possibly, break your heart.

In partnership with the Dallas Symphony Orchestras inaugural SOLUNA International Music and Arts Festival, Stewart will collaborate in chronicling the immigrant experience with Texas-born multimedia artist Monte Laster, who has been producing socially conscious work outside Paris for the last twenty years. Thanks to Big Thought, renowned Oak Cliff acoustic youth guitar outfit La Rondalla will perform throughout the evening.

Meet Ghazwan Altaie, an Iraqi humanitarian who recently moved to Dallas after spending 10 years as a refugee in Jordan, Cecilia Lazcano who after developing anxiety in reaction to the economic crisis in Mexico City received a full scholarship to complete her Masters in Dallas, Vietnamese-born Linh Matthews who at age seven boarded a pirate ship then floated on a raft to a refugee camp in Thailand before making her home in Highland Park, Mexican-born Francisco Moreno who will share how he has confronted his identity as an American immigrant through his work as a visual artist, Basil Sideris who was forced to flee his hometown of Tripoli during WWII to forage for food in rural Greece, Burmese refugee Se Da Oo Shay who at age 19 became the central communicator between the residents of Vickery Meadows and the media and police during the Ebola crisis, and Peter Thiong, a former Lost Boy of Sudan who was forced to flee his home at age 12 and endure brutal life in a refugee camp in Kenya for a decade before making his home in Dallas. These breathtaking stories are not to be missed.



Meet the Cast of “Slippery Slope”


Happy New Year, Oral Fixation followers! Right around the time everyone was wrapping up 2014, we were ringing in the cast for the fourth show of Season 4. “Slippery Slope” is the theme for January, so let’s glide right into introductions.

  • Monic Reynoso, who was paralyzed from the chest down  in a car accident at age 19.
  • Robert Schmidt, who will share how a passion for strippers led him to adultery.
  • Amanda Rodenborg, who once carried an oppressive amount of credit card debt.
  • Jay Peeples, a U.S. solider who divulges his first time meeting the opposition in Saudi Arabia.
  • Donny Hornstein, who at one time led a life dominated by anger.
  • Peter Luby,  a self-professed “un-fun guy” who took incredible leaps of faith– literally– for love.
  • And Christine Zanjanipour, a thrill seeking gal goes on a winter adventure with her husband on a snowmobile through Yellowstone National Park during the worst storm in 40 years.

Join us on Monday, January 19, at the Wyly, or Wednesday, January 21, at Texas Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Plus: Meet the cast in person on January 14 at The Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Randy E. Aguebor


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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