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Photo by Richard Anderson: Myxolydia Tyler and Shawn Hamilton star in Center Stage’s production of “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall.

Monday, January 21, 2013


Myxolydia Tyler, a native of Rocky Mount, co-stars in a play depicting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s down time before preaching his last sermon at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn.

"The Mountaintop," written by Katori Hall and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, takes place April 3, 1968, in room 306 of the Lorraine Hotel. As Dr. King unwinds and prepares for his sermon, a visit from a hotel maid, Camae, played by Tyler, offers a welcome diversion and challenging new perspective for Dr. King, who is played by Shawn Hamilton. It also raises profound and surprising questions.

The play opened Jan. 16 at the Center Stage in Baltimore, Md. The show will run through Sunday, Feb. 24.

The show is already a "worldwide sensation," according to the Center Stage website, and "recently hailed in a star-studded Broadway production."

Tyler is a 1998 graduate of Franklin County High School and received the "Key to the City" award from the Town of Rocky Mount in 2006.

She received her master's degree in biology from the University of Virginia in 2002 and her master of fine arts from Brown University in 2005.

Some of her theater credits include "A Raisin in the Sun," "Romeo and Juliet," "Addy: An American Girl Story," and "A Season to Unravel."

She also made an appearance as a nurse on the ABC daytime soap "All My Children."

Acting and singing runs in Tyler's family. Her sister, Odori Pendleton, recently sang mezzo soprano in an opera show at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md.

Pendleton completed her bachelor's in music education and vocal performance at Virginia Tech and received a masters of music education from Loyola University in Baltimore, Md. She currently teaches music in Prince William County.

For more information about "The Mountaintop" or to purchase tickets, visit Center Stage's website at

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