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Riding with Vanessa M. Buenger

We asked EL Stories X cast member Vanessa M. Buenger to take the famous Pivot questionnaire.  Join her aboard our train every Saturday night at 11 p.m. through June 22nd.  Tickets at http://www.greenhousetheater.org/index.php/el-stories

1. What is your favorite word? Facetious - I have such history with this word. I was like 6 or 7 years old, and during a conversation with my mom she told me she was just being being facetious. When I asked her what it meant, I always wondered why she didn't just say sarcastic. Then 10 years later, I took my SATs, and THERE IT WAS! That moment immediately came rushing back to my memory. So I'm pretty sure I got into college because my mom was fabulous enough to use  facetious instead of sarcastic.
2. What is your least favorite word? Fine - "I'm fine" usually means you aren't.  "You did fine" usually means you sucked, but no one wants to tell you. "I'll be fine" means you're gonna think about this forEVER, and it WILL get brought up again. "FINE!" ugh...we all know what that means. I just hate it. Worthless word.
3. What turns you on?
Humor. Sense of humor. I love to laugh! So make me laugh until my stomach hurts, and you have a friend for life.
4. What turns you off?
Lying. There is so much more power in truth.
5. What sound or noise do you love?
The overture to Porgy and Bess. As a child, my mom performed as Bess until I was about 4 years old. So, I grew up on the music from this opera. So, momma basically gave up that part of her life to raise me. When I was 19, she got the opportunity to tour as Bess again, and I drove to NC to see her, and I hadn't heard that music played live for 15 years. It brought tears to my eyes, and I'll never forget how it sounded. 4.5 years later, and it's still fresh. Chills galore!
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of people chewing their food. I know it's so pretentious of me, because I chew too. I just cant even take it though. I have to focus on something else.
7. What is your favorite curse word?
Fuck. Hands down. It is just so versatile.
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Beyonce... does that count?
9. What profession would you not like to do?
Telemarketer. I just feel so bad for the amount of times a day those people get cursed out / hung up on / pranked. I've just heard some horror stories.
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
"Good Job."


VANESSA M. BUENGER is an alumna of Towson University, holding a B.S. in theatre. Having only been in Chicago since September, EL Stories is Vanessa’s debut production in the Windy City. Theatre credits include Dreamgirls with Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Baltimore, Violet and The Wild Party with Baltimore’s Teatro 101, and Miss Julie and The Piano Lesson with Towson University. Vanessa dedicates this performance to Mr. Robert F. Chew, her loving boyfriend, Anthony, and her parents for all of their love and support.