Theme: “Jump Off A Cliff“
Storyteller: Amy Pengra Button
Kicking off our season opener with a stunningly written story, Amy Pengra Button shared her tale of losing her brother Moss and then finding his spirit again by climbing aboard the very thing that took him: a motorcycle. At first she was frightened, but then, everything changed.
Performed in “Jump Off A Cliff” on November 3 in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX.
At the helm of Texas’ largest independent commercial real estate firm, Greg Miller was caught off guard when people he trusted attempted a coup. On Tuesday, December 19, come hear Greg’s inspiring tale of stepping up to protect his family’s 100-year-old legacy.
Greg Miller was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and is married with two children. He is President and CEO of Henry S. Miller Companies, a full service commercial real estate business started by his great grandfather in 1914. Greg loves coaching his sons’ football, basketball, and lacrosse teams.
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.
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 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!
A Peace Corp alum who loves to laugh, Cheryl Norris shares her fateful tale of spinning the Wheel of Fortune (literally!) at our October show, “Go With the Flow.”
Cheryl Norris recently returned to her home state of Texas after spending 22 years in Chicago, where it was lovely but just too cold. Now it’s too hot. She has a very talented daughter, Rachel, her own consulting and training business, and two cute but annoying dogs.
Neopolo Ruiz will come up from Austin to make his debut on the Oral Fixation stage for “Lost in Translation.”
Neopolo Ruiz was born in the Zapotec village of Oaxaca, Mexico. He married a Texas girl named Hope in 2001. He has three kids: Fernando (17), Diego (8), and Tara (5). He has been in the US for 7 years and currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Theme: “Home Is Where The Heart Is”
Storyteller: Nicole Stewart
Oral Fixation Founder, Nicole Stewart tells a heart-warming story of realizing the origin of her love for reading, performing and storytelling in a place from her childhood which lives on in her heart forever.
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