Jeffrey Mosser has directed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Bad Habit Productions, The Footlight Club, Boston University, Lesley University. Previously with Project: Project he co-created/directed What are You Doing Here? Other favorite productions include 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, T: An MBTA Musical, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Theatre for Two: The Wedding Party, and The 39 Steps. He has trained with ImprovBoston, Augusto Boal, Dominique Serrand, Giovanni Fusetti, Double Edge Theatre, Liz Lerman, and the inmates from Shakespeare Behind Bars located within a medium-security prison. His ten-minute play Love, Death, and Latex was a finalist for the 2012 Heideman Award, and has been performed at the Source Festival in Washington D.C. Jeff loves pumpkin carving and Alli Engelsma-Mosser (not necessarily in that order). http://jeffreymosser.me
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What was the first piece of technology you remember using? What was your favorite (or least favorite) thing about it?
The record player in my parents stereo — and by stereo I mean a 5′ x 3′ x 2′ piece of furniture that plays records, cassettes, and 8-tracks. I loved cleaning the albums with the little velvet brush, reading all the liner notes in the albums, and playing 33s at 78 speeds and vice versa to hear them super slow or super fast. There was a precision of the needle that was awesome. I loved how the needle could plunk itself down by itself in the perfect place.
What piece of obsolete technology do you still use? Why?
Moving frequently has persuaded me to part with several pieces of obsolete technology. Though I still have a CD player in my van that I will use on occasion
What is your favorite social network and why?
Throughout this year I’ve been weening myself from Facebook (nothing after 5pm or on weekends (unless I’m looking up event details) — and I’ve been fairly successful at it. I’ve been trying to live with Twitter and Tumblr, though I’m finding it less successful because why do I care about joining another network? My favorite social network is still a coffee house.
What has been your most moving experience with technology?
Were you overwhelmed, touched, in awe? It’s hard to think of a piece of technology that has been in my life that has caused me to be in awe, but I do think that YouTube has allowed us to see a lot of really great things that are happening everywhere because of technology. I am a huge fan of Kid President, TED talks, and Ze Frank for their use of technology to spread ideas.
If you could add one new button to Facebook, what would it be?
Something like the, “I’m glad you’re my friend button,” because if we’re going to truly going to stay constantly connected we should say something more meaningful than “Like.”
If you were to create a 5-song mixed tape to share with the world via the Internet, what would be on it? What would you title it?
Considering I made mixtapes in my heyday for friends and romantic interests, I understand what it’s like for your love to be unrequited. It’s like a tiger mauling you after you thought you could trust it. This mixtape “Band Aid For Your Heart” is for Roy of Sigfried and Roy to say, “Ray, I feel your pain… 16 years ago….” Click Here to Listen!
The Platters: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
King Harvest: Dancing in the Moonlight
OK Go: Get Over It