Student-run play ‘Waiting Station’ takes stage at Bronxville High School
A group of talented Bronxville High School students produced “Waiting Station” as the first student-run play in the school’s history and presented it to the community on Feb. 11-12. The one-act, 30-minute play, written by award-winning playwright, poet and Bronxville teacher Franco D’Alessandro, explores the complexities of broken relationships.
“‘Waiting Station’ had its premiere Off-Broadway in June 2001 – 21 years later it is humbling to think that it still resonates with audiences,” D’Alessandro said. “I was honored when the students approached me, and I was equally delighted when they resurrected the idea this year. It is a strange play, one of my forays into the deeply psychological world of absurdism that a good part of my work explores.”
The play was directed by senior Olivia Cevasco and produced by Elizabeth Burnell, Eliza Brennan, Grace Gramins and Maggie Krieg. The students were also supported by a team of three assistant directors, 10 crew members and eight actors.
“The first time I read the script, I was immediately drawn to the absurdism and introspection of ‘Waiting Station’ and was excited by the challenge the story presented,” Cevasco said. ‘“Waiting Station’ has two characters, Friend and Stranger, but we wanted to accommodate eight very talented actors in this production, so we reimagined the presentation of the story and divided the script into four smaller scenes with different actors portraying Friend and Stranger in each scene. This enabled us to illuminate the different personalities of each character and their progression throughout the story.”
Following the first performance, the audience participated in a Q-and-A session with Cevasco and D’Alessandro on stage.
“It was inspiring to have the opportunity to converse directly with the playwright and audience about the production, and it was something that many of us have never done before,” Cevasco said. “It was an amazing opportunity to work with Bronxville’s tight-knit theater community to create such a compelling production that left the audience deep in thought.”
All proceeds from the production were donated to the Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center in Yonkers.