Milton man's play reflects local talent

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Dennis Hines | January 9, 2014

JANESVILLE-- Jim Lyke doesn't exactly remember how he developed the idea for the story that he originally wrote for his 2001 book, “Five Trips to the Edge.”

“I don't have a clue. I was trying to finish the book, and I felt that it needed a fifth story,” Lyke said. “It pretty much came out of nowhere. I think it was the quickest and easiest story to write.”

Lyke has since developed the short story into the play “Mirror Image” that will be performed at the Janesville Performing Arts Center as part of Local Talent month.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9 through Jan. 11, at JPAC, 408 S. Main St.

 “Mirror Image” is about a personal trainer, Eric Wright, who moves into a home that is haunted by the spirit of a woman, Madeline Lovell, who was murdered there many years ago. Wright ends up falling in love with the woman and tries to figure out a way to free her from her “spiritual bondage.”

“I thought it had potential to work as a play or as a film. I'm glad JPAC saw this as a story that could work as a play,” Lyke said. “I felt it had the potential to have some staying power.”

Lyke said there are some differences between the short story and stage versions.

Read the complete story HERE.

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