Oral History: Jump Off A Cliff

On Friday evening, November 3, over 220 people filled every seat in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House to christen Oral Fixation’s return to the Metroplex. After a year’s hiatus, we kicked off Season 6 with “Jump Off A Cliff,” a special all-women show headlined by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. From sisterly love and saving a marriage—to conquering a climbing gym and floating into faith—to standing up for oneself and taking a stand—#JumpOffACliff spanned the spectrum, sold-out, and pleased the crowd galore.

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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.

Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Rachel McEnany

When Rachel McEnany was a child, she dreamt of flying. At the same time, her waking life was often filled with fear. On Friday night, November 3, Rachel will step onto the Oral Fixation stage and take us along on her transformation from anxious little girl to fearless woman who loves jumping out of planes, a lot.

Rachel McEnany has an insatiable curiosity about the world at large. She grew up in the hills of Arkansas and would almost always rather be hiking. She loves skydiving, her puppies, and her husband, Paul, not necessarily in that order. Her credo is, “Be brave and be kind.”

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Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Dawynn Edwards

After a childhood of body shaming that included awkward P.E. and a girdle, Dawynn Edwards embraced herself and stayed active. Having already conquered tap dancing and hula hooping, she decided to raise the stakes. On November 3, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Jump Off A Cliff” and share some momentous moments from Rock Climbing 101.

Dawynn Edwards sporadically writes poetry and short stories when not maintaining the facade of a gainfully employed adult. She hopes to share her musings with a larger audience while traveling the world. Dawynn lives with her partner in Bedford, Texas, where they enjoy planning adventures and exploring local entertainment.

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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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Oral History: “Elephant in the Room”

Oral Fixation continued Season 3 with another incredible, sold-out show in Hamon Hall! 

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In case you missed out, here is a recap of the evening: 

Firstly, this show was a special one because for the first time in Oral Fixation history we had EIGHT storytellers! The story-hungry audience lined up in the Winspear Lobby to sip wine, socialize and wait for the show to begin.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Shama Shams

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The brave and lovely Shama Shams will return to the Oral Fixation stage with a powerful story for “Elephant in the Room.”

Shama is a mother of two girls, wife, Girl Scouts troop leader, Development Director for LifePath Systems and a writer. At the age of ten her family moved to Memphis from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Shama loves hanging out with her daughters and getting pampered by her husband.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On Steven Harrell

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Writer and elotes lover, Steven Harrell will make his debut on the Oral Fixation stage for “Elephant in the Room.”

Steven Harrell was raised in the suburbs and graduated with a degree in English from the University of Dallas. He and his wife, Allison, live in Oak Cliff with their sons, Eli and Theodore. He serves as the director of communications for a non-profit in Dallas.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On Marion Armstrong

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Oak Cliff dweller and coffee lover, Marion Armstrong, will make her debut on the Oral Fixation stage for “Elephant in the Room.”

Marion Armstrong was born and raised in Dallas. She moved back in 2012 after college and law school took her other places. She enjoys listening to live music, watching college football, and planning trips she may or may not ever take.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On Michael Moore

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Writer and video game lover, Michael Moore, will make his debut on the Oral Fixation stage for “Elephant in the Room.”

Michael Moore turned his childhood love for video games into a career in the IT world working in marketing, more specifically data architecting and design. He still enjoys the occasional video game, but now he spends more time writing. He is married and has two sons. Currently he resides in the Rockwall area.

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