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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“Slippery Slope” featuring Peter Luby

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Storyteller: Peter Luby

Self-proclaimed “not fun guy,” Peter Luby, describes what happened once he finally decided to let go and let loose. From a teenage romance founded on love letters and ice cream, Peter discovered how love can push people outside their boundaries in ways they could never imagine — including taking a literal leap of faith off a cliff.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Melissa Smrekar

oral_fixation_elephant (Melissa Smrekar)

It’s kind of easy to make fun of Fat Camp.  But what if you’re the counselor?  Before we hear this wacky true tale, let’s get to know this sassy storyteller.

Melissa is a fourth generation Dallasite with an affection for soufflés, sundresses, birthdays and books. Melissa currently works as the director of communications for a local nonprofit and spends her free time working on a collection of short stories and plotting the next stamp in her passport.

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“Miss the Boat” featuring Kenneth Farnsworth

Theme: “Miss the Boat”
Storyteller: Kenneth Farnsworth

Kenneth Farnsworth finds love while in college and gets married at the age of 21, despite his father’s warnings.

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“Miss the Boat” featuring Erin Burdette

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Storyteller: Erin Burdette

Erin Burdette finds healing and a fresh understanding on her  childhood through becoming a parent.

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“The Whole Enchilada” featuring Amanda Barbour

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Storyteller: Amanda Barbour

Amanda Barbour searches for truth and finds that her faith and sexuality can coexist as she falls in love and plans a wedding with her female partner.

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“Playing the Field” featuring Tramaine Townsend

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Storyteller: Tramaine Townsend

Tramaine Townsend shares the real story behind how he became a “player.”

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“Playing the Field” featuring William Adams

Theme: “Playing the Field”
Storyteller: William Adams

William Adams explores the cycle of hurt in teenage breakups in hopes of finding true love.

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“Playing the Field” featuring Shana Stein

Theme: “Playing the Field”
Storyteller: Shana Stein

Shana Stein looks at her lively and extensive dating life with raw humor and pathos.

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