“Jump Off A Cliff” featuring Rachel McEnany

Theme: “Jump Off A Cliff
Storyteller: Rachel McEnany

Even though Rachel McEnany came from long line of daredevils, she often found herself crippled with fear. When getting sober didn’t completely fix that problem, she tried something else entirely: jumping out of a plane. She overcame her fears, found the love of her life, and became the empowered woman she is today.

Performed in “Jump Off A Cliff” on November 3 in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX.

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“Jump Off A Cliff” featuring Emma Vrabel

Theme: “Jump Off A Cliff
Storyteller: Emma Vrabel

When 14-year-old Emma Vrabel took the stage, most in the audience likely knew little about albinism. But with courage, verve, and plenty of humor, Emma gave us all a lesson in humanity, her condition, and self-advocacy.

Performed in “Jump Off A Cliff” on November 3 in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX.

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“Jump Off A Cliff” featuring Dawynn Edwards

Theme: “Jump Off A Cliff
Storyteller: Dawynn Edwards

When Dawynn Edwards shared her hilarious and honest tale of seeking fitness and joining a climbing gym, she had everyone in stitches. “I was wearing a spandex tank top with yoga pants, and feeling scantily clad,” Dawynn said. “Forcing the loops of the harness into my crotch meant every nook and cranny of my personhood was on display.”

Performed in “Jump Off A Cliff” on November 3 in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX.

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“Jump Off A Cliff” featuring Anjelica Ruiz

Theme: “Jump Off A Cliff
Storyteller: Anjelica Ruiz

Blogger Anjelica Ruiz touched many with her brave and beautiful tale of converting to Judaism despite that faith having a dearth of Hispanics and more so, her mother not approving. In the moment she had to finally make a decision, Anjelica stood for one thing: herself.

Performed in “Jump Off A Cliff” on November 3 in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX.

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“Jump Off A Cliff” featuring Tereze Gruntmane

Theme: “Jump Off A Cliff
Storyteller: Tereze Gruntmane

Zaza Couture founder Tereze Gruntmane took the audience on a trip that spanned three children, multiple decades, and the ups and downs of life: from meeting her husband to overcoming adultery—to starting an international clothing line—to finding her own strength and voice.

Performed in “Jump Off A Cliff” on November 3 in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX.

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“Jump Off A Cliff” featuring Amy Pengra Button

Theme: “Jump Off A Cliff
Storyteller: Amy Pengra Button

Kicking off our season opener with a stunningly written story, Amy Pengra Button shared her tale of losing her brother Moss and then finding his spirit again by climbing aboard the very thing that took him: a motorcycle. At first she was frightened, but then, everything changed.

Performed in “Jump Off A Cliff” on November 3 in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX.

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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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Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Tereze Gruntmane

From age 18 until now, Tereze Gruntmane has learned much, including how to save a marriage and start an internationally successful clothing line. On Friday night, November 3, with a story that spans decades and embraces all emotions, Tereze will take us on her own “Jump Off A Cliff” journey.

Tereze Gruntmane came to the US from Latvia in 1996 with her husband and daughter. In addition to having two more children—each nine years apart—she is the founder/designer of ZAZA couture, a boutique children’s apparel line. Currently writing a book about being present in relationships and avoiding affairs, Tereze speaks her mind, even when unpopular.

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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 Gretchen Carlson

On July 6, 2016, longtime Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson sued Fox CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, lighting a match that set off a wildfire now seen in the headlines daily. On November 3, Gretchen will step onto Oral Fixation stage to tell us how jumping off that cliff transformed her life.

Gretchen Carlson is one of today’s most recognized news anchors and tireless advocates for female empowerment. She is also an accomplished violinist, Stanford University grad, and former Miss America. Her decision to speak up against sexual harassment sparked an international conversation about the problem and, in doing so, revealed that every woman has a story.

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