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.
On Tuesday, May 10, hundreds of people beat it down to Dallas City Performance Hall to partake in the sweetest treat of the day: the Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) Season Five finale, “Icing on the Cake.” And boy, did our seven storytellers deliver! Rich with all the right ingredients, their seven tales of transformation and change served up a multi-course evening that absolutely satisfied every appetite in the house!
Dallas’ beloved live storytelling series for adults wraps up tonight with the final show of its fifth season at the stunning Dallas City Performance Hall in the heart of the Arts District. For this month’s “Icing on the Cake” theme, we’ve baked up something astonishing. Sweeter than chocolate and richer than cheesecake, “Icing on the Cake” is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite.
Oral Fixation’s fifth season, concludes with “Icing on the Cake.” There, seven Dallasites will explore both the literal and the figurative meanings of “Icing on the Cake,” from tales of reality show cooking adventures to road trip awakenings, creative cakes to birthday blues, cactus butts to bear caves, and human rights’ protectors to micro-preemie survivors, “Icing on the Cake” has every ingredient required to be amazing.
Have you ever been to Dallas City Performance Hall? It is simply amazing. Located at 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201, the venue is situated between the Wyly Theatre and One Arts Plaza, across the street from Booker T. Washington High School in the heart of the Arts District. From the comfortable built-in movie theatre-style seating to the fact you can bring your alcoholic beverages into the theatre to its state of the art lights, video and sound capabilities, it is going to rock your world! Valet and self-parking is available at One Arts Plaza, surface lots on Ross Avenue or park free at a meter on Ross. Surrounding dining options before the shows include Lark on the Park, Proof + Pantry and Savor.. You’re going to want to make a habit of catching up with friends at our shows and hitting the town.
$25 individual tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone at (888) 454-4353, or online through Prekindle. Group and student discounts are available. Students show their ID at the door for $15 tickets.
This past Tuesday evening at The Grove, the Oral Fixation “Icing on the Cake” cast brought together every ingredient necessary to cook up a simply divine rehearsal. Sweeter than buttercream frosting and richer than dark chocolate, it was a multi-layered night of practice, poignancy and the right kind of yucks. After some delicious brick-oven pies from the Oak Cliff restaurant, Nova, the crew was ready to mix it up good.
With colorful tales of creative cakes that spanned decades and were packed with life lessons, freelance writer Penny Taylor kicked off the night. “Doing my story for the first time in front of others wasn’t easy,” she said. “I didn’t know I’d get that emotional.”
Sharing his tale of a road trip gone awry, management consultant John Stanton regaled the group with hilarity, moments of clarity and animal adventures galore. “When a menacing 12-point elk blocked the road for his harem to cross, we sat in quiet awe while he stared and lowered his antlers.”
Personal chef Alyssia Birnbaum’s story of competing in a network TV reality cooking show while pregnant had us all in stitches. “All I remember of filming the first two rounds was barfing into a bin under the counter,” the Mama’s Gotta Eat owner told us.
Taking us from his boyhood in rural Alabama to the moment he began saving lives by representing victims of torture seeking asylum, Human Rights Initiative Executive Director Bill Holston inspired us all. “As I heard more stories about human rights abuses, I realized I could be a voice for international human rights right here in Dallas,” explained Bill.
With her heart-wrenching and tumultuous story of giving birth to micro preemie twin girls, Valerie Stokes had us all on the edge of our seats, fighting back tears. “This is the first time some of this has ever been shared,” said Valerie, her own eyes welling up at the end of her tale. “That was not easy.”
Jacob Longoria’s slice-of-life story of how everything went wrong on his 28th birthday offered some welcome comic relief. “I felt smooth walking into work, knowing my day could only get better,” Jacob shared. Not quite. From there his day got worse — much, much worse.
Last in the lineup, Megan Mayo topped off the evening perfectly. Her bittersweet and funny tale of baking with her toddler and planning a much-deserved birthday celebration for her husband delivered the goods. “The energy of rehearsal was so positive,” said Megan. “This show is going to be amazing!”
If your appetite is whet and you’re craving more, don’t delay ➽ BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW and join us on Tuesday, May 10, at 8 p.m. for “Icing on the Cake” at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. Reserved seats are $25, and $15 student tickets available at the door with valid ID. #ComeBeAmazed
Check out our entire batch of “Icing on the Cake” rehearsal photos in the gallery below:
For 30 years, Bill Holston practiced law, representing banks and small businesses mostly. But it was the pro bono work he picked up on the side that was his real passion. Next month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Icing on the Cake” to talk about how his pro bono clients made him the humanitarian he is today.
Bill Holston has provided pro bono legal representation to clients from 20 countries. Bill was named Distinguished Alumni for Public Service for SMU School of Law in 2015. He is a Master Naturalist and has been married for 30 years to his best friend Jill, a public school teacher.
Don’t miss these upcoming stories told live @ Dallas City Performance Hall on Tuesday, May 10.
For its season finale, Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) has baked up something astonishing. Sweeter than chocolate and richer than cheesecake, “Icing on the Cake” is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite. Taking the Dallas City Performance Hall stage on Tuesday, May 10 at 8 p.m., our seven storytellers will mix it up and deliver the goods. From reality show adventures to road trip awakenings, creative cakes to birthday blues, cactus butts to bear caves, and human rights’ protectors to micro-preemie survivors, “Icing on the Cake” has all ingredients to be amazing. Give your sweet tooth what it craves and follow this recipe: Do not miss this show! $25 tickets are on sale now! Keep an eye out for more details: storyteller profiles will be published in coming weeks. First, though, some introductions are in order:
- Former full-time trial attorney Bill Holston finds purpose in fighting for human rights.
- Through pink cake and pee, Megan Mayo’s well-organized plan for her husband’s birthday is dashed.
- On his birthday, Jacob Longoria is rejected, fired, and assaulted — can it get worse?
- Writer Penny Taylor’s life is layered thick with cakes, cupcakes, and creativity.
- On a crazy road trip with his sons, John Stanton gets more than he bargained for.
- Personal chef Alyssia Birnbaum wins big on a network television reality cooking show.
- And when Valerie Stokes’ twins are born micro-preemies, everything hangs in the balance.
Join us on Tuesday, May 10, at 8 p.m. at Dallas City Performance Hall. $25 indivudal tickets are on sale now. More info to come on every storyteller as their profile is published in the coming days. We can’t wait to see you there!
Law student and avid bread baker, Dean Galaro, will make his debut on the Oral Fixation stage for “No Strings Attached!”
Dean Galaro is a native of Connecticut, but has always been a southerner at heart. He is in his first year of law school at SMU, and enjoys reading, cooking, and running. Dean moved to Dallas last August and got married in October.
He speaks his second language better than he understands it and will take the Oral Fixation stage for the first time next Tuesday.
Joel Page is a lawyer and a writer, with a smattering of published short fiction. He works as a public defender, writing appeals for prisoners who cannot afford their own representation. He lives in Dallas with his wife Peggy and his cats Woodward and Bernstein. Read more