Bringing Texans together to eradicate stigma & end restrictions on abortion by sharing abortion stories that have been swept under the rug.
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.
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 Our traditions are a bit outdated; I want women to know there are other options and choices in their lives.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.”
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stories about young love, best friends, criminal behavior, partying, bad influence, twosome dynamics, siblings, spouses, twins, adventure stories, road trip shenanigans, spring break.
“Partner In Crime” will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 2/2/2016 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.
“Push The Envelope” Podcast is now LIVE
New Podcast for “Push The Envelope” in Partnership with Dallas Media Outlet, CentralTrack.com, as One Continuous Podcast
The Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) podcast is back for Season 5! We will be releasing each Season 5 show once a month in collaboration with Central Track starting with #PushTheEnvelope. Check out our new updated format edited by former storyteller Emily Trube including music by the amazing Daniel Hart & Dark Rooms! Click below, fill your cup with something warm & enjoy!!