Meet the Team: Vicki Schairer, Co-Director, Founder, Core Member

VickiVicki Schairer (Co-Director) Vicki is a founding core member of Project:Project Theatre Ensemble. Directing Credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire (Wax Wings Productions); Rocky Road (BTM, Nora Theatre Company); Even As I Go (Swan Day 2013); Melancholy Play (Clark University Players Society); One Minute Play Festival Boston 2012 (Boston Playwright’s Theatre); What Are You Doing Here? (Project:Project); The Cracking Hour (Boston University); Comes a Faery and Perfect Strangers (BTM, Huntington Theatre Company); Robin’s Nest, My Mother the Nun (SWAN Day 2012); Pretty in Pink, Minot Light (SLAMBoston); The Murder of Lidice (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Runner the Novel the Play, Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, Measure for Measure (Brandeis University). Staged Readings include Owl Girl (Central Square Theatre); Raising David Walker (Independent); Meet Me In The Bathroom, Four Riffs: Calypso (Interim Writers). Production Managing credits include Romeo and Juliet directed by Paula Plum (Happy Medium Theatre) and The Mistakes Madeline Made directed by Krista D’Agostino (Holland Productions).

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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 tv that was so old it didn’t have a remote. The channel dial made a very satisfying click as your rotated the large knob. Very mechanical feeling. We played SNES on it. Duck hunt!

What piece of obsolete technology do you still use? Why?
I don’t even know…does the radio count?

What is your favorite social network and why?
I use Facebook the most, but that doesn’t mean it’s my favorite. I think tumblr would take the #1 slot.

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?
Title: Breathing Leaves (Click here to listen!)
1. This Head I Hold – by Electric Guest
2. Demons – by Imagine Dragons
3. Out of My League – by Fitz & the Tantrums
4. Royals – by Lorde
5. Concrete Bed – by Nada Surf
6. What you know – by Two Door Cinema Club
7. Natural Anthem – by Postal Service

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!!

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 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

Meet the Cast: Adam Thenhaus

IMG_1900Adam Thenhaus is elated to be doing HMICY with this fantastic cast & crew. Originally from St. Louis, Adam graduated from Saint Louis University with a B.A. in Theatre. Adam has worked with many companies in St. Louis such as St. Louis Shakespeare, Stray Dog Theatre and Insight Theatre. College: My Fair Lady (Col. Pickering), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Gaston). Community: The Lion in Winter (Richard), Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Lady in the Dark (Charley Johnson). Professional: Death of a Salesman (Howard Wagner), A Tale of Two Cities (C.J. Stryver), Lord of the Rings Trilogy LIVE! (Samwise Gamgee), Something’s Afoot (Clive), Distracted (Dr. Jinks, et al).

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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 tech I ever remember using is my older brothers’ Atari 2600. I played PacMan, Pong, Pitfall, the classics. I loved everything about it because A) It was a video game system which was awesome, of course, and B) It belonged to my older brothers, and as we all know everything that belongs to someone a bit older than you is cooler than anything in the world.

What piece of obsolete technology do you still use? Why?
I use 2. Whenever I get a chance to go home to St. Louis, I watch movies on my grandma’s old laser disc player. Over half of the movies she owned were children’s movies, but my family will always pop them in just for nostalgia’s sake. The other item I use is a fax machine. With my job I have to fax forms and various documents to many people who prefer it that way.

What is your favorite social network and why?
My favorite social network is Twitter. Initially I joined to receive a newsfeed from the famous/interesting people and publications I followed, but then it exploded. It’s like 6 degrees of separation where you think, “Oh you like that person too? Then I like you!” so then I follow them and it goes on. I have connected with so many people who interest me, and people who think I’m interesting, and let’s face it, that’s anybody…*crickets*…

What has been your most moving experience with technology? Were you overwhelmed, touched, in awe?
It’s funny how I was completely FLOORED when the iPhone was released. A friend had the first gen and I wanted to buy it off of him very badly. Finally the iPhone 3G was released and he handed over his old one. I could not get enough. It was the most sleek and splendid thing I ever poked and swiped. I have a 4S now, but I still have that old Edge-network, first gen model in all of it’s crashed glory.

If you could add one new button to Facebook, what would it be?
I think I would add a sympathy button. “Liking” or giving a “thumbs up” to someone’s status saying they just broke their leg doesn’t quite express it correctly. I guess you could also add a “D’oh!” button in that case.

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?
My Mixed Tape Would Be Titled: GET IT IN YOUR BONES or SONGS I KNOW THE DANCES TO or HOW MY TEENAGE SELF IMPRESSED GIRLS INSTEAD OF LEARNING GUITAR (Click here to listen!):
Adam Thenhaus1) N’Sync – BYE, BYE, BYE
2) The Backstreet Boys – EVERYBODY (BACKSTREET’S BACK)
3) Michael Jackson – SMOOTH CRIMINAL
4) N’Sync – POP
5) Psy – GANGNAM STYLE (okay this is more recent, I’ll admit it. I can’t lie.)

Meet the Cast: Anita Shriver

IMG_2429Anita is #amped 2 b part of @Project:Project’s latest…#project. #theatre. She wants to live in a world where jokes are pithy, guacamole is homemade, and drinks are strong with extra cherries. As a designer, she’s studied under Julia Noulin-Merat and has worked in Pittsburgh, NYC, Boston, and London. Her favorite bits have been Carmen (MetroWest Opera), Giver of Light and Bovinus Rex (Guerrilla Opera), and the Haunted Experiences at the Bronx Zoo and Coney Island Aquarium, to which she will return this fall. She is head of design for Opera Brittenica in Boston. When she’s not designing, you can find her attempting to run a mile, trying new things on new menus, and writing postcards. Her next project is The Rape of Lucretia with Opera Brittenica opening October 18th in Boston, and October 28th in NYC.

Learn more about Anita:
http://www.behance.net/anitashriver
t: @AwkKegelSilence
i: anitathecheetah
f + p: anita shriver

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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 garage door opener. I loved it because I could fuck with my parents.

What piece of obsolete technology do you still use? Why?
I still use a record player so I can feel superior to others. But I know almost nothing about music, so I end up being not so superior.

What is your favorite social network and why?
I recently fell madly in love with Instagram. Seeing other people’s lives through rose colored glasses is such a beautiful escape from everyday life. But it also makes me look at my everyday life to find the beauty.

What has been your most moving experience with technology? Were you overwhelmed, touched, in awe?
I think, like a lot of people, my most moving experience was the day of the marathon bombings and subsequently the day they caught the perpetrators. It seemed so natural for Facebook to become a lifeline, which is weirdly life affirming. For a few days, it wasn’t the place to cyber stalk or bitch or brag, it was genuine connection, and that was comforting.

If you could add one new button to Facebook, what would it be?
I wish there was a fact check button. As much as I appreciate that Facebook can be a political and social watchdog, I still want people to be well informed. Don’t post your aunt’s letter to the editor about Syria and expect me to also be up in arms about it. A little bit of research and open-minded mess goes a LONG way.

If you were to create a 5-song mixed tape to share with the world via the Internet, what would be on it?
Oof…well if you refer back to an earlier question, I admit that I know very little about music and what’s cool, so my mix tape would have to be for someone who already unconditionally loves me and won’t share their honest opinions about my lame taste.

I would title my mix tape ‘mixxxx tizzape’ (re: lame)
1. Cee Lo Green’s ‘Fuck You’
2. Birdy’s cover of ‘Skinny Love’
3. Sir Mix a Lot’s ‘Jump On It’ (I would obviously rap over the lyrics since I know them all)
4. Billy Joel’s ‘We didn’t start the fire’ (again, I’d sing all the words over it)
5. Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit & Tie’.
Most likely whoever I gave that tape to would be confused and consequently stop asking for mix tapes.

Click here to listen to Anita’s “Mixxxx Tizzape” (without the dubbing over tracks tracks 3 and 4, of course)!