Los Angeles' singular productions [sic] world premieres Bill Barker's Life is Like A Train... at the Ivy Substation, July 12-August 30.
Life is Like a Train, a dramatic comedy, is the story of Jerry who is muddling in a mid-life crisis. Disillusioned by his life, his career as a corporate attorney, and his marriage, Jerry seeks help from his gay brother Cal, played by Barker himself. While Jerry and Cal search their souls for truth and meaning, they accidently start a pseudo-New Age movement with Jerry at the helm. Jerry seeks comfort and guidance in Eve, a coffee-shop waitress who invites him in and changes his life forever.
The play is directed by award-winning Jessica Kubzansky, recently nominated for an L.A. Critic's Circle Ovation Award for her direction of The Triumph of Love. Other credits include Fishes at the Mark Taper Forum, Joined at the Head at the Laguna Playhouse, Ride #14 at the Cornerstone Theatre and The Mandrake at the West Coast Ensemble. Kubzansky is completing her first film project,Maxwell House, for Banderlog Productions.
Barker's previous work includes his first play, Best Wishes, and scripts for daytime TV's Days of Our Lives and Another World. The cast of Train includes Todd Merrill, Rebecca Marcotte, Michael Edwards, Lisa Ann Morrison, Robyn Merrill and Bill Barker.