Share Your Story: “Jump Off A Cliff”

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What does it mean?

– jumping off a cliff as a form of sport (source: Wikipedia).

– taking a risk or leap of faith (source: The Dream Diary).

– wishing to give up or quit, feeling hopeless (source: Urban Dictionary).

– part of “go jump off a cliff,” as in “get out of here, go away” (source: Dictionarist).

Example Sentences:

Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down (Source: Ray Bradbury).

If your friends jump off a cliff, are you going to jump too? (source: The Phrase Finder).

Bro, I want to die, I want to jump off a cliff! (source: Urban Dictionary)

Love meant jumping off a cliff and trusting that a certain person would be there to catch you at the bottom (Source: Jodi Picoult).

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Introducing Mayela Gutknecht, “Out From Under The Rug” storyteller


After having two abortions, each at a different stage of her life, Mayela reflects on her life and her choices. Hear her brave story in “Out From Under The Rug.”

Mayela Gutknect has a Master’s degree in Advanced Public Health Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Beloit College, Wisconsin. As a Public Health Nurse in San Francisco, she home visits with pregnant women and mothers with newborns to promote safety, bonding, and breastfeeding.

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Meet the Cast of “In the Doghouse”


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

Go ahead and mark your calendars now, because if your better half finds out you missed out on nabbing tickets to see  Dallas’ always buzzy live storytelling series of adults when it returns to the Dallas City Performance Hall on October 21st, well, let’s just say you’ll really be in the doghouse. It’s something the performers from the second show of our fifth season know a thing or two about. Speaking of those seven Dallasites that will be sharing stories about getting on somebody’s bad side or, y’know, talking about actual dogs, some introductions are in order.
  • Oral Fixation veteran Allison Hatfield takes the stage with her online dating approach to finding Mr. Right — a canine that is.
  • Comedian Jim Kuenzer will have you snorting with laughter at his tale of middle school hijinks.
  • Pastor Pollo Corral will shock you with his no-holds-barred account of 40 days spent in captivity due to a mismanaged drug deal.
  • Dallas Comedy House star Christie Wallace expertly reveals how a special pup made her way into her heart.
  • Cathy Hutchison reacts to the terrifying moment of having to tell her mother she was pregnant out of wedlock.
  • Hal Karp takes it way back to a memorable childhood prank.
  • And crazed, expectant father Wayne Applebaum digs himself a deep hole with his overtaxed wife.
Join us on Wednesday, October 21st at 8pm at Dallas City Performance Hall. $25 indivudal tickets and season flex passes 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!

“Push the Envelope”

pʊš ðə ɛnvəlop

What does it mean?

to stretch established limits, as in technological advance or social innovation. (source:

to go further than the usual limits by doing something new, dangerous, etc.: We’re really pushing the envelope on this technology; a lot of other companies are just playing catch-up. (source Cambridge Dictionary).

-to approach the limits of what is possible or acceptable

Example Sentences:

My best friend likes to push the envelope when we go drinking by forcing me to drink too much.

My cousin is always pushing the envelope by criticizing his parents in rude ways.

Our teacher pushes the envelope by asking us to do activities that are very difficult.

A: Is everything okay?
B: Yes.
A: I don’t want to push the envelope, but what would you think if we started dating other people?
B: We’re married! That’s totally unacceptable!

(source: Idiom Meanings)

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


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

“Two Peas In A Pod” featuring Danny Fulgencio

Theme: “Two Peas In A Pod”
Storyteller: Danny Fulgencio

Struggling writer Danny Fulgencio, describes falling in love with an equally lost but beautiful photographer. Though her parents viewed him as their “daughter’s rebellion,” the couple moved to picturesque Hawaii together. Nevertheless, their relationship was declining rapidly. Against the backdrop of paradise, the couple endured excruciating turmoil and heartache, including an unwanted pregnancy, as they struggled to make ends meet. Danny’s portrayal of love gained and lost takes the audience on a visceral journey that tugs at every emotion.

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“Slippery Slope” featuring Amanda Rodenborg

Theme: “Slippery Slope”
Storyteller: Amanda Rodenborg

She has a heart of gold, and a singing voice to match. Here, Amanda Rodenborg shares the story of how she finally climbed out from under a five-figure credit card debt for “Slippery Slope.”

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Oral History: “Two Peas in a Pod”

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The wonderful cast of “Two Peas In A Pod” on 2/9 at The Wyly Studio Theatre

For our annual Valentine’s Day show, Oral Fixation presented “Two Peas in a Pod” on Monday evening at Wyly Theatre in AT&T Performing Arts Center, and on Wednesday evening at Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. For this special relationship-centric show, seven brave Dallasites gave us the feels as they detailed heart-tugging stories of love and companionship in every imaginable form.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Danny Fulgencio


His adventurous spirit has taken him to live all over the world, often with little to no money. And for his Oral Fixation debut this month, photographer Danny Fulgencio reveals the undoing of an ill-fated love affair for #TwoPeasInAPod. 

Danny Fulgencio is a photographer based in Dallas, TX. In 2010 he graduated from UNT’s Mayborn Graduate School of Journalism. His photography has been featured in the Village Voice, International Herald Tribue and Narratively, among others.  He serves at the pleasure of Advocate Magazines as chief photographer and photo editor. 

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