Barbara Lebow's Trains will have its Santa Barbara, CA, premiere at the Alhecama Theatre in an Ensemble Theatre Company production directed by Frank Wittow. The play, which has been workshopped back east, will open April 7 for a one-month run.
Lebow's previous plays include A Shayna Maidel, which is presently enjoying a successful run in Los Angeles. She is playwright-in-residence at Atlanta's Academy Theatre, where she directs, teaches and is director of human service programs. She has written and directed plays with disenfranchised segments of the population -- including homeless and addicted individuals, prisoners and the elderly, in order to help raise public awareness.
Trains tells twin stories set a century apart. In both acts, the prologues and epilogues introduce and develop the ageless universal relationship between generations using the environment of trains as both reality and metaphor.
Wittow has a lengthy working relationship with Lebow, most recently directing Lurleen at Atlanta Shakespeare Festival. His cast includes Joseph Gibson and Roscoe Freeman.
Alhecama Theatre is located in the historic Presidio District at 914 Santa Barbara Street. For tickets and information call (805) 962-8606. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent