Introducing Carole Wall, “Out From Under The Rug” storyteller

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Carole Wall and her husband were excited to have a baby, but their lives changed forever after receiving devastating news during the 20-week sonogram. Hear Carole reflect on her experience with abortion in “Out From Under The Rug.”

Carole Wall was born and raised in Austin. She has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences and a master’s degree in Liberal Arts. She is the Manager of Grants for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and the mother of a 6-year-old daughter. 

Fixated Facts:

What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? I welcome any opportunity to discuss abortion and the way my life has changed since I took control over telling my story. We can’t necessarily write the plot of our lives, but we can write the chapters.

What is your favorite word? Any curse word will do when my daughter isn’t around.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Fulfilled.

What is the weirdest compliment that you’ve ever received? I have had more than one dental professional comment on the strength of my tongue. I don’t think it’s actually a compliment, but it’s definitely weird.

Sneak peak: Knowing that your daughter is dying is heartbreaking. When you are given the news that there is nothing that can be done to save your baby’s life, it feels like your soul has been ripped apart.  But we had a decision to make.

Don’t miss Carole perform on the Oral Fixation stage in the “Out From Under The Rug” Austin show on Monday, October 10th.

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Meet The Cast Of “Out From Under The Rug” [AUSTIN]

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Don’t miss these upcoming stories told live @ ZACH Theatre, Austin, on Monday, October 10.

This fall, Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) sweeps out the shame with “Out From Under The Rug: True Life Tales of Abortion.” Powerful, personal stories, “Out From Under The Rug” will tug at your heartstrings with empowering tales from men and women whose lives have been affected by abortion and women’s rights activism. Taking the stage at the Zach Theatre on Monday, October 10 at 8 p.m., our storytellers will motivate, impact, and encourage audience members to join them in chipping away at the stigma of abortion. From clinic workers to women’s rights advocates, from brave young women to mothers and fathers dealing with tragedy, “Out From Under The Rug” will personalize stories that often get distorted by the political spotlight. In advance of the presidential election this November, our presenters will leave viewers with more understanding of real experiences from a variety of different perspectives. Do not miss this show! $25 tickets are on sale now! Keep an eye out for more details: storyteller profiles will be published in the coming days. First, though, some introductions are in order:

  • Carole Wall was excited to have a baby but learned her daughter had a terminal condition 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Despite her grief, she elects to testify in the Capital and later forms a bond with Wendy Davis.
  • After having two abortions, each at different stages of her life, Mayela Gutknecht lives her dream as a Public Health nurse in San Francisco. 
  • Scott Ross shares a husband’s perspective of the tragedy of of a medically induced abortion due to fetal anomaly, and how it changed his and his wife’s lives forever.
  • Valerie R. Peterson chooses abortion after learning the baby she is carrying has a condition that is 100% incompatible with life. Her decision to terminate the pregnancy was complicated by Texas Bill HB2, so she becomes an advocate for women’s rights.
  • In 1972, before the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Sherry Merfish has an abortion at a clinic in New Mexico–the only location to offer an exception to US anti-abortion laws. Almost 40 years later, her daughter writes an Op-Ed called “My Mother’s Abortion.”
  • After having an abortion as a teenager, Elise Bilodeau devotes her life to working in an abortion clinic and helping other women.
  • Although she now identifies as queer, Shiloh Venable had an abortion many years ago and shares how this unique experience has shaped her life.

Join us on Monday, October 10, at 8 p.m. at the ZACH Theatre. $25 individual tickets are on sale now. More info to come on every storyteller as their profiles are published in the coming days. We can’t wait to see you there!

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Emily Cortez

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Emily Cortez struggled with feelings of shame and isolation, knowing that she was not prepared to have a child. Hear her personal story in “Out From Under The Rug.”

Emily Cortez is a third generation Texan from Dallas. Her hobbies include reading, writing, playing her flute and the occasional attempt to learn new cooking recipes. Currently, she keeps busy by running an online vintage boutique called 829 Vintage and is launching a project to help Mexico fight poverty.

Fixated Facts:

What’s your favorite part about Oral Fixation? Raw, emotional performances. Every story keeps you on the edge of your seat.

What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? I felt like it was important to show a woman who was sure of her decision, especially because I am Catholic and Hispanic. Our traditions are a bit outdated; I want women to know there are other options and choices in their lives.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why? Muttley from the Hannah Barbara cartoons. I think I laugh just like him (or so I have been told).

What is your favorite Dallas hangout? Wild Detectives and The Great American Hero (the best sandwich place ever).

Sneak peak: “There was an ongoing struggle within myself as to whether I should be feeling guilty or not. I felt the guilt reemerge sometimes because I realized there was no guilt anymore.”

Don’t miss Emily perform on the Oral Fixation stage in the “Out From Under The Rug” Dallas show on Wednesday, September 21st.

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Daniel Kanter

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Rev. Daniel Kanter looks back on a moment in his youth and tells the story of how one decision shaped his future. Hear Daniel reflect on his life and experiences in “Out From Under The Rug.”

Daniel Kanter is the Senior Minister of First Unitarian Church of Dallas. He serves as vice-chair of the national clergy advocacy board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and is active in multi-faith efforts to bring Dallas together around issues of race and equity. He is an avid cyclist, has two teenagers, and is married. 

Fixated Facts:

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Erasmus, because he was a tenacious reformer of his time.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor, but that didn’t pan out freshman year of college.

What is your favorite Dallas hangout? The Old Monk, you can find me there with a pint on occasion.

What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade and why would you recommend it? Red, by Orhan Pamuk, because it is an incredible book on perspective and so fun to read.

Sneak peak: “At the clinic, and sometimes with my parishioners, I receive a kind of confession about mistakes and abortions and screwed up relationships, and I can sit there with some integrity, having been there myself. I know in receiving those stories we are both healed.”

Don’t miss Daniel perform on the Oral Fixation stage in the “Out From Under The Rug” Dallas show on Wednesday, September 21st.

Meet the Cast of “Out From Under The Rug” [DALLAS]

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Don’t miss these upcoming stories told live @ Dallas City Performance Hall on Wednesday, September 21.

This fall, Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) sweeps out the shame with “Out From Under The Rug: True Life Tales of Abortion.” Powerful, personal stories, “Out From Under The Rug” will tug at your heart strings with empowering tales from men and women whose lives have been affected by abortion and women’s rights activism. Taking the Dallas City Performance Hall stage on Wednesday, September 21 at 8 p.m., our eight storytellers will motivate, impact, and encourage audience members to join them in chipping away at the stigma of abortion. From renowned physicians to clinic workers, women’s rights advocates to clergy, and brave young women to devoted best friends, “Out From Under The Rug” will personalize stories that often get distorted by the political spotlight. In advance of the presidential election this November, our presenters will leave viewers with more understanding of real experiences from a variety of different perspectives. 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:

  • Unitarian Minister Rev. Daniel Kanter reflects on his life, looking back to a moment in his youth and revealing how one decision shaped his future.
  • An abortion provider shares his story of how he came to support women’s rights through his career.
  • His best friend wants to have a baby (desperately), but when things go wrong, Clark Harding supports her through a difficult decision.
  • Not having any practical or even theoretical knowledge about sex, Lulu Ward gets pregnant at 15.
  • Raised in a Mexican Catholic family, Emily Cortez wavers between feeling guilty and believing she made a selfless decision after having an abortion.
  • After having an abortion as a teenager, Elise Bilodeau devotes her life to working in an abortion clinic and helping other women.
  • Caught up in a brittle on-again-off-again relationship, Britt Payne learns that her pregnancy will not create the stability and life she longs for.
  • Show host, Nicole Stewart, opens up about her own personal experience with a late-term abortion due to medical anomaly and her passion to protect women’s reproductive rights.

Join us on Wednesday, September 21, at 8 p.m. at Dallas City Performance Hall. $25 individual 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!

“Icing On The Cake” featuring Bill Holston

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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.

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“Icing On The Cake” featuring Megan Mayo

Theme: “Icing On The Cake”
Storyteller: Megan Mayo

With heaping portions of sweetness and laughter, Megan Mayo kicked off the night perfectly. Her true tale of wrangling her toddler to help deliver her husband a semi-homemade birthday cake and surprise celebration resonated with every parent present. “Our finished cake didn’t resemble the picture on the box at all,” she lamented to loads of laughter.

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Icing On The Cake

Stories about getting even more than what you wanted, baking, wedding cake, birthday stories, an extra enhancement, a welcome wonderful surprise.

“Icing On The Cake” will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 5/10/2016 at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St, Dallas TX 75201. Individual tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone at (888) 454-4353, or online via PreKindle. Group and student discounts are available. Valet and self-parking is available at One Arts Plaza or park free at a meter on Ross. This show is made possible thanks to WORDSPACE.

Pulling Teeth

Eager to sink your teeth into spring? Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) has the show for you! Funnier than laughing gas and more effective than novocain, “Pulling Teeth” is just what the dentist ordered. Taking the Dallas City Performance Hall stage on Wednesday, April 13th at 8pm, our seven storytellers will align your smile, definitely strike a nerve, and if your soul has any cavities—they will not only be filled, but crowned. With more wisdom than wisdom teeth, more laughs than nitrous, and more depth than a root canal, this show has it all: Moroccan adventures and small town dentistry, stubborn baby teeth and stubborn colons, Big Daddy wires and Big Apple delinquents, meth-mouth makeovers and cowboy dentist do-overs. The prognosis is positive, but you must fill your prescription: Do not miss this show! $25 individual tickets are on sale now! Keep an eye out for more info: storyteller profiles will be published in coming weeks.

MEET THE CAST
As a first-year teacher in NYC, Anna Lassiter toils to save a troubled, violent kid. While comedian Greg Silva survives colon cancer—pooping proves problematic. Braces and retainers just about do Poonam Desai in. OF Veteran Peter Luby discovers the joys of third-world dentistry and marriage. Author and attorney Yasmin Waring struggles with both a stubborn father and a stubborn baby tooth. Dental school professor Stan Cobb discovers that pain can lead to enlightenment. And former meth addict Tracy Hawkins learns the power of second chances and special smiles.

“Pulling Teeth” will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 4/13/2016 at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St, Dallas TX 75201. Individual tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone at (888) 454-4353, or online via PreKindle. Group and student discounts are available. Valet and self-parking is available at One Arts Plaza or park free at a meter on Ross. This show is made possible thanks to WORDSPACE.

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