Meet the Cast: Mikey DiLoreto

mikey_newMikey DiLoreto is elated to be making his Project: Project debut. Recent credits include: Provoloney in Psycho Beach Party, Harold Gorringe in Black Comedy, Van in the Elliot Norton Award winning Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead and D in the IRNE-nominated/My Entertainment World-winning Polaroid Stories. Upcoming acting gigs include: Mickey Marcus in Zeitgeist Stage’s The Normal Heart (November) and Cupid in Happy Medium’s The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (December). Many thanks to the fantastic team of tireless writers, this awesome cast and crew, my ladies who lunch, the Mediums, the Daggers, the beasts, the Eastie gals, and Monsieur Jeff Mosser. He’s a proud founding of Happy Medium Theatre (HMT). #bragging #sorrynotsorry.

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Name:
Mikey DiLoreto

Position:
Actor, or Reverse Cowgirl

What was the first piece of technology you remember using? What was your favorite (or least favorite) thing about it?
A Speak and Spell. My favorite thing about it was the voice. So deliciously creepy and robotic.

What piece of obsolete technology do you still use? Why?
There are times during the Christmas holiday that I sneak downstairs to my cellar and do my best to set up my old Sega Genesis. Yup. There’s a huge “L” on my forehead.

What is your favorite social network and why?
Is Instagram a social network? If so, I love it. I can look like Ansel Adams and not even really try!

What has been your most moving experience with technology? Were you overwhelmed, touched, in awe?
I don’t know if it was necessarily moving, but I remember every movement of mine when 9/11 happened. I was in my Intro to Theatre Arts, and a Dean came in and said, “Evacuate now.” All these people were pulling out cell phones to call loved ones, but not one was getting through. And at the time I was one of 16 people in the world without a cell phone. So, I went over my best friend’s (Molly Kimmerling) house and called my Mom from *gasp* a land-line. I found a way to communicate via a means that was being phased out, and I found that a tad awe-inspiring/overwhelming.

If you could add one new button to Facebook, what would it be?
I’d add a “Stop posting on Facebook and answer my f*cking email” button.

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?
itsoknottolikeitI’d make it as eclectic and as smart as possible to show the world that some music can actually make you think and feel. I’d title it “It’s okay not to like it…” With that, I’d find one song (like Sweet Dreams), and find 5 different versions of it to show how much talent there is in the world and how much you change a person’s perception of meaning through song. Click Here to Listen!!

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Meet the Cast: Sheldon Brown

IMG_69793434563255Sheldon Brown is B.A Theatre Studies Acting major at Emerson College (Class of 2014). His credits include vocal performances in 99% Stone with the Theatre Offensive of Boston, Green Eyes with Company One & the Kindness. Numerous productions through Emerson College. His other credits include the Grand Inquisitor directed by Peter Brook through ArtsEmerson and the Shakespearean Jazz Show with the Outside the Box Festival & ArtsEmerson!

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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 first piece of technology I remember using may have been those kid computers you’d get as a child to  learn your alphabet and math.

What piece of obsolete technology do you still use? Why?
Nintendo 64 because it’s the best gaming system in the world and nothing beats Mario Kart and 007 Golden Eye!

What is your favorite social network and why?
The only social network I have is Facebook, wouldn’t say it’s my favorite thing but it’s amazing how relationships and ways of staying connected with people has change so vastly through Facebook.

What has been your most moving experience with technology? Were you overwhelmed, touched, in awe?
During the bombings, phones weren’t working and the only way to let people know you were safe was through social media. All you could see were constant statuses of people sharing that their safe, consoling each other, never such a huge sense of community. A community bound by fear, sadness, and love.

If you could add one new button to Facebook, what would it be?
The “NEXT!!” button which would tell people this is unimportant, no one cares, or more importantly don’t dwell on certain things. The “BOOM, *drops the mic” button is a close second!

If you were to create a 5-song mixed tape to share with the world via the Internet, what would be on it?
Click here to listen to Sheldon’s mix tape, “Feeling Good.”
Smile performed by Janelle Monae
How High the Moon by Ella Fitzgerald
Night Time is the Right Time by Ray Charles
Feelin Good by Nina Simone
Whipping Post by The  Allman Brothers

Meet the Team: Harry McEnerny V – P:P Core Member

Harry McEnerny VHarry McEnerny V is a founding member of Project: Project and a local actor in Boston.  Area credits include Lumberjacks in Love (Stoneham Theatre), My Fair Lady (Reagle Music Theatre), One Man, Two Guv’nors, and Avenue Q (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Wax Wings Productions), The Rocky Horror Show (Turtle Lane Playhouse), Bat Boy, Heart and Music, and Party Worth Crashing (Metro Stage), Book of Days (Bad Habit Productions), and others.  He has acted in two national commercials, a regional commercial, and two Hollywood films in the last two years.  Harry has appeared on the House Teams at Improv Asylum, and is a graduate of the training center there.  He is a resident actor with the Interim Writers Workshop in Cambridge.  Harry holds a B.A. in Theatre and Film from the University of Vermont.

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What was the first piece of technology you remember using? What was your favorite (or least favorite) thing about it?
Wow… probably my Sega Genesis… I remember spending HOURS playing Mortal Combat and Aladdin… actually I still remember the special cheat code to skip a level in Aladdin… START, A, B, B, A, A, B, B, A.   Seriously… check it out… you can get right to Jaffar without collecting all those stupid apples…

What piece of obsolete technology do you still use? Why?
Hmm… tough one… I have a house phone.  No one uses those anymore right.  Actually – come to think of it, I don’t use it either.  Its actually unplugged at the moment because the only people calling it were telemarketers.  Ooo!  I think I still have a game boy somewhere…

What is your favorite social network and why?
Facebook, mainly because its the only one I use.  I’m not on Twitter or Instagram or anything like that.  Which kind of makes me uncool.  But c’est la vie.

What has been your most moving experience with technology? Were you overwhelmed, touched, in awe?
I guess that would be when I saw the Eiffel Tower light up at night.  At 11pm every night, it sparkles with thousands of timed lights… so awesome.

If you could add one new button to Facebook, what would it be?
I think everybody is going say that they would want a “dislike” button, but I’m going to be a bit hipster about this and chose the path less taken.  I’m thinking a button that would filter out all the crap I don’t care about from my newsfeed.  Yah know?  I’M SICK OF PEOPLE POSTING BUZZFEED ARTICLES ON FACEBOOK!  I can just GO to Buzzfeed myself if I really want to waste my time!  And the worst part about it is that its always kind of interesting, so I’ll click on it, and five hours later I have no idea what happened.

If you were to create a 5-song mixed tape to share with the world via the Internet, what would be on it?
Wow… ok… my first impulse here is to put on mostly showtunes… so thats what I’m doing! Its called… umm… “Sexy Showtunes and Other Myths.” Click here to listen! 

  • “Mixtape” from Avenue Q
  • “You and Me (But Mostly Me)” from Book of Mormon
  • “Little Tiny Mustache” by Stephen Lynch
  • “And I Am Telling You”  from Dreamgirls (as sung by Jennifer Holliday)
  • “As Long As You’re Mine” from Wicked

The first three are hilarious… the next two are just awesome.  It just kind of paints a picture of my life… Showtunes… funniness… love.  And AMAZING singing.

Meet the Cast: Zach Winston

HeadshotRecent performance credits include Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-good, Very Bad Day (Boston Children’s Theater), Such Times: A Sex-fest of Original Works (Heart & Dagger Productions), A Bright New Boise (Zeitgeist Stage Co.), Tigers Be Still (ZSC; Elliot Norton nomination- Best Play, Small/Fringe), True Believers, and A Skull in Connemara (Vagabond Theatre Group). Zach serves as Literary Manager for Vagabond Theatre Group and has worn various hats on every show including Stage Manager (Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension), Writer (The Unfortunate Cutthroats), and Assistant Director (Burning the Barn, and Burning Up the Dictionary, both of which received IRNE award nominations-Best New Play).

Meet the Cast: Louise Hamill

LH Headshot 2013Louise Hamill was recently seen in Black Comedy with Happy Medium Theatre, What Are You Doing Here? with Project:Project, The Stronger with Intermezzo, The Embryos and Trog and Clay (An Imagined History of the Electric Chair) with Fresh Ink Theatre Company, Beyond the Light with Heart and Dagger Productions, Macbeth with Boston Lyric Opera, The T Plays III and IV with Mill 6 Collaborative, and Bear Patrol with Vaquero Playground.  She is the Artistic Director of Fresh Ink Theatre Company, co-founder of Project:Project, and sings with the Metropolitan Chorale.  Louise has a BA in Theatre from Connecticut College and studied at the British American Drama Academy.

Meet the Team: Thomas Blanford – Sound Designer

Thomas Blanford joins Project:Project for the first time with this production of How May I Connect You?. He is a Boston based sound designer and composer. Recent credits include The Nina Variations (Brown Box Theatre Project), Fire on Earth (Fresh Ink Theatre Company), Grandma’s House (Wax Wings Productions), and The Merchant of Venice (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival). He also recently traveled to rural Kisii, Kenya with Boston’s folk trio Grimis to record and engineer I Am The One, an album featuring collaborations with Kenyan musicians.

Meet the Team: Jeffrey Mosser, Co-Director, Founder, Core Member

IMG_0798 (1)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
Toto: Africa
Goldfinger: Mable
OK Go: Get Over It