A group of 11 talented Bronxville High School student-playwrights will present its original 10-minute plays during a special evening of Playwrights in Performance event, to be held on May 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.
Under the direction of English teacher Franco D’Alessandro, the students have been developing, crafting and producing each of their stories for months, which will be performed by fellow playwrights and actors from the school’s drama department. The students – who are members of the Bronxville Bards program, which was offered as a new playwriting course this year – have developed plays that vary in subject matter and have demonstrated creativity in the treatment of their characters and plot.
“The Playwrights in Performance event is about our students and their words,” D’Alessandro said, “and the fascinating and provocative ideas that have come forth from a group of bold and creative young writers. The students have put in a great deal of work, time, skill and passion.”
The talented playwrights include seniors Andrew Babyak (“The Power Of The Tides”), Rachel Billings (“Red Light, Green Light”), Jeb Burnell (“Baby Stuff”) Ashley Kaye (“Dinner For Three”) and Viena Pentakainen (“Title”); juniors Sophie Geer (“Walking Through The Storm”), Lock McKelvy (“Oxy-Moron”), Katherine Moynihan (“Road Trips”) and Seamus Watters (“Deep Cuts”) and sophomores Molly Denning (“Beating The Cycle”) and Molly Palma (“First Name Basis”).
Originally supported through a grant from the Bronxville School Foundation, the Bronxville Bards: Playwrights in Performance was founded in the fall of 2016 to give interested students a chance to develop, construct and eventually perform their own one-act plays.
“The program offers our students a unique chance to challenge themselves by allowing them to think, create and provoke through their own words,” D’Alessandro added. “Innovation, critical thinking and leadership are all on display with the work of the Bronxville Bards.”