Theme: “Icing on the Cake”
While she wasn’t necessarily doted on 364 days out of the year, Penelope Taylor’s birthdays always meant scratch-baked cakes from her mother. Next month she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Icing on the Cake” to describe how’s she’s continued the tradition with her own daughter.
The middle child of three sisters. Penelope Taylor was born in New York and lived in Manhattan for several years, but she’s been an adopted Texan since 1990. She’s the proud Mom of a beautiful daughter who’s a junior at Texas State. She’s a non-fiction writer, theater and music lover, foodie and avid traveler.
Theme: “Too Many Cooks”
Storyteller: Sally Salas
Everything Sally Salas knows about parenting she learned from Google, a service which really came in handy during all those kitchen talks with her stepdaughter. As a stepmother, one of the many tall tales to dispel from outside influences on her impressionable preteen daughter, was that watermelon causes menstrual cramps.
Theme: “Push The Envelope”
Storyteller: Donald Griswold
Donald Griswold tells the story of an emotional journey of how the adoption experience brought out the worst in him but eventually ended up saving his life.
After a painful chapter in his life, Donald Griswold struggled to save a Russian baby. This month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Push the Envelope” to talk about how his adopted daughter was actually the one that ended up saving him.
Donald Griswold is completing revisions on his first novel, Dying Light, and owns Dallas-based Dog Star Media. He is a sports fan, patron of the arts, loving father, dog lover and Dallas history aficionado. Avoid asking him about his favorite music, films and craft beers unless you want a lecture.
Theme: “Slippery Slope”
Storyteller: Robert Schmidt
All Robert Schmidt ever wanted was his father’s approval, and when he didn’t get it, he turned to strippers.While his secret life eventually led to infidelity and cost him his marriage, Robert speaks about how redemption is always possible.
Theme: “Train Wreck”
Storyteller: Bri Crum
Bri Crum offers a glimpse behind the cool-girl curtain letting the audience in on her secret that things aren’t always what they appear to be. By detailing her secret struggle with attention deficit disorder and depression, Bri reminds us of the powerful lesson to never judge a book by its cover.
Theme: “Go With the Flow”
Storyteller: Cheryl Norris
Cheryl Norris wants to hide from the world after her divorce but finds herself in front of a live studio audience on Wheel of Fortune instead.
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Returning to the Wyly Theatre and appearing for the first time at The Texas Theatre, Oral Fixation kicked off Season 4 with a double dose of “Go With the Flow”! Here’s how it all went down on that second night.
The energy was alive at The Texas Theatre as old friends and acquaintances mingled by the bar before finding their seats, tingling with excitement for what was to come. A new season brings anticipation of captivating stories and strong orators, and this night soared beyond expectations for Oral Fixation veterans and newcomers alike.