Rehearsal Roundup: “Push The Envelope”

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Nicole Stewart preps the cast of “Push The Envelope” on how to give a killer performance.

The Grove in Dallas’s historical West End was the perfect site for a cast of storytellers to make the final preparations heading into the first show of Oral Fixation’s 5th season!

One of the first to arrive, Wayne Applebaum was captivated by the stylish set up of OF’s new rehearsal facility. “This is an amazing space,” he said. “It’s giving me ideas about my tech consulting company offices.”

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There was an energy of breaking new ground as storytellers bonded over pizza provided by Nova, and shared tales of a therapeutic editing process. “Talk about pushing the envelope!” exclaimed Mary Kreider, as she recalled reaching an emotional breakthrough following several drafts of her story about mustering up the courage to stand a podium.

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Best of Season 4 Cast Announced at Season 4 Wrap Party!

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Recapping Season 4

Our Season 4 wrap party was a very special afternoon.  50 storytellers, members and sponsors mixed and mingled among the friendly sculptures at Dallas artist Brad Oldham’s studio store on Ross downtown near the Aquarium.  Deep Eddy provided delicious cocktails and Dive Restaurant offered light bites to celebrate the past season.  From adding a second performance at Texas Theatre and the free “Meet & Greet the Cast” event in Oak Cliff to record ticket sales averaging 400 a month to great sponsors and increased donations, it was a remarkable year.  The group gathered to hear the announcement of who had been voted to favorite storytellers of Season 4. Read more

Destination America

“Destination America” will be held at 7:30pm on Saturday 5/16 at Horchow Auditorium in the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood Street, Dallas, TX 75201. $5 self-parking is available underground in the DMA garage or park free at a meter on Ross. Tickets are $35 (public), $30 (DMA Partner), and $15 (student). Tickets can be purchased online via TicketLeap or via phone at (214) 922-1818.

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Oral Fixation is honored to present a Dallas Museum of Art organized event on Saturday May 16th at 7:30pm in Horchow Auditorium, part of the Museum’s Arts & Letters Live series, entitled “Destination America.” Every day we interact with men and women who have traveled far from home to make new lives in America. Ever wonder what it was that instigated such a major life change? Or what it was like growing up in another country? These are the types of questions that will be explored in this special edition of Dallas’s hit storytelling series Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales), produced by Nicole Stewart. The storytellers’ journeys and voices will inspire you, surprise you, and, quite possibly, break your heart.

In partnership with the Dallas Symphony Orchestras inaugural SOLUNA International Music and Arts Festival, Stewart will collaborate in chronicling the immigrant experience with Texas-born multimedia artist Monte Laster, who has been producing socially conscious work outside Paris for the last twenty years. Thanks to Big Thought, renowned Oak Cliff acoustic youth guitar outfit La Rondalla will perform throughout the evening.

Meet Ghazwan Altaie, an Iraqi humanitarian who recently moved to Dallas after spending 10 years as a refugee in Jordan, Cecilia Lazcano who after developing anxiety in reaction to the economic crisis in Mexico City received a full scholarship to complete her Masters in Dallas, Vietnamese-born Linh Matthews who at age seven boarded a pirate ship then floated on a raft to a refugee camp in Thailand before making her home in Highland Park, Mexican-born Francisco Moreno who will share how he has confronted his identity as an American immigrant through his work as a visual artist, Basil Sideris who was forced to flee his hometown of Tripoli during WWII to forage for food in rural Greece, Burmese refugee Se Da Oo Shay who at age 19 became the central communicator between the residents of Vickery Meadows and the media and police during the Ebola crisis, and Peter Thiong, a former Lost Boy of Sudan who was forced to flee his home at age 12 and endure brutal life in a refugee camp in Kenya for a decade before making his home in Dallas. These breathtaking stories are not to be missed.

 

 

Meet the Cast of “Happy Camper”

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Grab your s’mores supplies and gather ’round the campfire, because this month, Oral Fixation will send off its fourth season with an evening of true, personal tales on the theme, “Happy Camper.”  On April 20th, at the Wyly Studio Theatre, with an encore performance on April 22nd, at Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, both at 8 p.m., seven Dallasites will share their happy place. But first, some introductions are in order.

  • Ken Bethea shares how he quit his corporate gig at age 30 to pursue life as a musician with the Old 97’s.
  • Randy Brown remembers finding himself deep in the heart of the Grand Canyon without a lifeline.
  • Ryan Gifford-Robinson works as a counselor at a remarkable camp for disabled youth.
  • Self-described “weird kid” Xuan Nguyen  relives her dream of camping at a Vietnamese Catholic retreat.
  • Charles Scudder turns his passion for the Goatman ghost story into a career in investigative reporting.
  • On a mandatory 8th grade camping trip, Melissa Smrekar learns that “it’s really liberating to say no to shit you hate.”
  • Oral Fixation creator Nicole Stewart shares how getting kicked out of her summer camp in Colorado taught her it was OK to fail.

Join us on Monday, April 20, at the Wyly, or Wednesday, April 22, at Texas Theatre. Tickets are on sale now. More info to come on every storyteller as their profile is published in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to see you there!

“Slippery Slope”

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slippery-slope

What does it mean?

– In logic and critical thinking, a slippery slope is a logical device, but it is usually known under its fallacious form, in which a person asserts that some event must inevitably follow from another … A slippery slope argument states that a relatively small first step leads to a chain of related events culminating in some significant effect, much like an object given a small push over the edge of a slope sliding all the way to the bottom. (source: Wikipedia)

– a process or series of events that is hard to stop or control once it has begun and that usually leads to worse or more difficult things (source: Merriam-Webster)

– also known as “the camel’s nose” (source: The Nizkor Project)

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Oral History: “Train Wreck”

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For the second show of Season 4, seven Dallasites took the Oral Fixation stage to bare their souls and invite the audience into the times in their lives that were as messy and unsettled as a train wreck. Their performances, however, were anything but. In fact, that first night at the Wyly was a dazzling display of heart and bravery.

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The second night, at The Texas Theatre, was no less than that. The wild ride of emotions was certainly well-worth the trip. We laughed. We cried. We felt compassion and empathy. We are thankful to a cast who dared to share and reminded us that life goes on even after it goes off the rails.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Bri Crum

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She has a beagle named Nelly, after the rapper; played soccer from age 4 until college; and could live off coffee, Red Bull, and Skittles. And next month Bri Crum makes her Oral Fixation debut in the second show of Season 4, “Train Wreck.”

Bri Crum is a free spirit from California with a passion for family, friendship, romance, and wine. She lives for her 7-year-old daughter and is proud to be her soccer coach. Bri has fulfilled her entrepreneurial dream by founding lifestyle PR firm, Plan B PR, and creating/hosting TV show Inside Entertainment.

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“Outside the Box”

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outside the box

What does it mean?

– different, unconventional, or from a new perspective (source: Wikipedia)

– to approach a situation or problem in a new way (source: English Daily)

– free; not bound by old, nonfunctional, or limiting structures, rules, or practices (source: The Free Dictionary)

– typically used with “think” or “thinking”; based on the idea that limiting your thoughts is like thinking inside a box, which can contain only a certain number of ideas (source: The Free Dictionary)

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