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In the Easy Chair with Lisa Utman Randall | In the Easy Chair

AGE: 54.

OCCUPATION: Executive director of the United Theatre.

RESIDENCE: Saunderstown.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born in Maryland, grew up in Maine.

RIGHT NOW, I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Starting my new job, planning a trip to Israel.

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Cooking vegan food, going to live music and performing arts events, visiting galleries and museums, traveling, running, reading, hanging out with family and friends.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: My kids! Two amazing young adults who I have had the privilege to raise and release into the wild.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: My leadership in the arts sector and for being a kind human.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: I don’t have a bucket list.

I ALWAYS CARRY: Paper and pen.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A writer.

FAVORITE AUTHORS: Some authors who have impacted me are Richard Brautigan; JD Salinger; Lisa Starr; Jack Kerouac; Gertrude Stein; Toni Morrison; Rachel Kadish; Delia Owens and Pema Chodron.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “Dare to Lead,” by Brene Brown; “Acid for the Children,” by Flea (purchased at the Savoy Bookstore!) “Taking the Leap,” by Pema Chodren and “Poems at the Extremes of Feeling: The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall,” by Robert Pinsky.

I AM LISTENING TO: So many podcasts – mostly about health and wellness and the brain. For music I’ve been listening to a lot of Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, Depeche Mode, The Low Anthem, and Pebbles Volume 3.

FAVORITE MOVIE: “Harold & Maude,” — my all time favorite.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: When I was in kindergarten, I would come home at noon every day and my Mom and I would have lunch together and watch “Bewitched,” before my older brother got home. It felt like it was our little secret.

FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: “Radio Lab.”

FAVORITE SONGS: “Ain’t No Sunshine,” by Bill Withers and “Cities in Dust,” by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

TOP COMFORT FOOD: Popcorn.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Instagram, it’s the only one I’m on.

TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Integrity, kindness, introspection.

PET PEEVES: Clutter and lateness.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: This too shall pass.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: That I’m never far from a great beach, a fantastic restaurant, a cool arts venue, or a good friend.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Hot sauce!

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I used to have a mohawk

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: “Don’t take it personally” – from my Mom when I asked her how to deal with my kids becoming teenagers. I have benefited from this advice in every area of my life.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Remember that we are all doing the best that we can.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Immediately put all the world’s resources behind cleaning up the environment and reversing climate change.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Share it.

I DRIVE A: Gold 2012 VW Jetta.

I WISH I DROVE A: Same – I don’t really care about cars, as long as they start up when I turn the key and get me where I need to go.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Hot sauce, kombucha, miso paste, ginger root.

IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Terry Gross.

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: Plato, Michelangelo, Malala Yousafzai, Oprah Winfrey, Exene Cervenka, Maya Angelou, Eckhart Tolle, Sydney Poitier, Dalai Lama, Cat Stevens, Frida Kahlo, Louisa May Alcott, and Queen Elizabeth. Think of the conversations!

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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