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Music with Mr. Mike
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Charlestown

Wild About Reading
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Charlestown

Mah Jongg
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

GED Prep Classes
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Westerly

FOPA Members Meeting
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Westerly

Strength and Stability
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Charlestown

Free Income Tax Help
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Westerly

Music with Mr. Mike
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Charlestown

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In The Easy Chair: Derron Wood


AGE 48

OCCUPATION Stage director of the Chorus of Westerly’s production of “A Celebration of Twelfth Night” and the executive artistic director of Flock Theatre in New London.

RESIDENCE New London.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF The Chorus of Westerly’s 39th production of “A Celebration of Twelfth Night.”

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN This gets tricky. I was born in Cambridge, Mass., then moved four times a year. So many different places, but mostly around Boston.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Shell collecting or birding.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Being invited to perform at Lincoln Center.

WHAT I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Making one corner of the world better through the arts.

ON MY BUCKET LIST Skydiving and directing every single Shakespeare play — and to think, they just found a new one!

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET My keys.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP A firefighter.

PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST Morris Carnovsky, one of my teachers.

FAVORITE AUTHOR William Shakespeare.

LAST BOOK READ “The Voyage,” Philip Caputo.

FAVORITE SONG “In the Bleak Midwinter,” by Harold Darke.

FAVORITE MOVIE “Harold and Maude.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW I don’t watch TV.

FAVORITE PET My cat.

FAVORITE MEAL Pasta.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK Half an hour to an hour.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Honesty.

PET PEEVE When people cross their arms.

FAVORITE QUOTATION “We are such stuff as dreams are made on …” — William Shakespeare.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD The 200-member Chorus of Westerly on High Street.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT My cup of coffee in the morning.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I was born with three thumbs.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED Don’t sell yourself short.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Don’t sell yourself short.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Require mandatory arts education.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Build an endowment fund for my theater.

I DRIVE A Volvo V40.

I WISH I DROVE A Volvo V40.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Apple cider.

IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE Barack Obama.

— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro



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