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January 17, 2014

Our Town: Local plays role in Tyler theater's Poe production

TYLER — Palestine's John Lamb is known for the many roles he has played in various Palestine Community Theatre productions over the years.

Just in time for Edgar Allan Poe's 205th birthday this weekend, Lamb is working with a group in Tyler on a show based on Poe's work.

To mark the occasion, APEX Theatre 20 in Tyler is producing “Nevermore” by Matt Richey — a play loosely based on some of Poe’s work and events of his life woven together into a kind of “might have been” faux biography.

The production takes some of the scarier elements of his work and presents them as having actually happened in Poe’s life. This is a new show, produced only once before in Los Angeles in 2010.

Shows are planned today through Sunday, Jan. 17-20 and Jan. 23-25 at the APEX Theatre 20 in Tyler. Special events to mark the occasion also are planned on Saturday — a morning event for children and an evening event for adults.

The first-time director of the show, Joshua Carpenter, first encountered the play when he was sent to audition for the author/director as the character of Poe. Although he didn’t get the part, he did form a lasting friendship with the show’s creator and fell in love with the show itself. So when the opportunity arose for him to direct a show in Tyler, he brought this script with him.

Carpenter said that being told he would direct the show “scared the daylights out of me. I’m not a director; I’m an actor, but I immediately saw what I had always envisioned…and the magic began.”

The cast, mostly young actors from Tyler, also includes Lamb, a familiar face from the Palestine theater scene. Lamb was invited to audition for a particular part after the director saw his work in an acting workshop there at the APEX Theatre 20 in Tyler.

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