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A date has been set to celebrate the life and legacy of Tom Poole, the Twin Cities-based director, actor and playwright who died in early July, days after being struck by a car in St. Paul.

The service will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the History Theatre, 30th E. 10th St., St. Paul.

Poole, 56, was best known for his writings. He adapted "Robin Hood" for Children's Theatre in 1988. He also adapted a trio of Hans Christian Andersen tales as "The Nightingale" for Theatre de la Jeune Lune in 1991. And his work was produced at the Illusion.

Before his unexpected death, he had been working on a Web/TV series with actor Chris Carlson.

Poole also acted onstage, playing alcoholic molester Uncle Peck in Eye of the Storm's 1998 production of Paula Vogel's "How I Learned to Drive."
Last year, he wrote and directed "Safe as Houses," a comedy about a real estate agent trying to sell a property near the gates of hell, for Joseph Scrimshaw's Joking Envelope company.

A Warren, Ark., native born John Thomas Poole, he earned degrees from the University of Arkansas and Bowling Green State University. In the early 1980s, he moved to the Twin Cities on a Jerome Fellowship.