Original play by Jim Lyke
Part of Janesville Local Talent Month
January 9-11, 2014 at 7:30pm
$9 all tickets
Personal trainer Eric Wright has just become a homeowner. Young and single, he has moved into a restored century-old house that he purchased at a bargain price. However, it doesn’t take him long to discover that he is not truly living alone; he is sharing the space with the spirit of Madeline Lovell, a young woman who was murdered in the house many years before. When the two fall in love, they look for a way to release Madeline from her spiritual bondage, and face decisions that test their values and just how far they are willing to go for love.
Jim Lyke, writer,was most recently seen on the JPAC stage in Theatre Unlimited’s Guys On Ice, Stage One’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and Bower City Theatre’s White Christmas. His favorite roles include Ernie de Moocher in Guys On Ice, Cogsworth in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, and Pellinore in Camelot. Jim’s writing credits include Janesville In Stages, the play that opened JPAC in 2004; several short films including three accepted into the Beloit International Film Festival; and his “Lykeminded” column that runs monthly in the Janesville Messenger. He has also directed five live radio dramas at JPAC simulcast on WCLO Radio, including “A Christmas Carol,” winner of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Award for Best Special Programming. Mirror Image is adapted from a short story originally published in Jim’s 2001 book Five Trips to the Edge.
Naomi Houser, director, is ecstatic to make her directorial debut for the stage with “Mirror Image”, but she is no stranger to directing or to the stage. She has worked first as an assistant director, then a director at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, conducting a troupe of brightly-colored and jingly singers and dancers for the last three seasons. She has performed at JPAC as a Bad Idea Bear in “Avenue Q”, as a Groundling in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” and as Female Greek Chorus in “How I Learned to Drive”. Naomi would love to keep directing shows at JPAC and among her dream shows are “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Neverwhere”. A few interesting things about Naomi– she does stained glass as a hobby, she bested a chupacabra in single combat at the age of nine, and she has two beautiful daughters. She would like to thank JPAC and Jim Lyke for this wonderful opportunity, her family for the constant support of her love of the arts, and her cast and crew. Most of all, she would like to thank those who support the arts, for without you we are but passing shadows.