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Taming of a Bull(y)

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Jac Publishing

Ever been bullied in school?...Then you know how Dave felt—-and at least can empathize with him. You see Dave’s nemesis, Tank, is a High School Bully who has been consistently harassing him for weeks. Dave insists on handling the situation himself without any help from his family or the school staff. Fate, however, has a different plan, as Tank suddenly finds himself with a scholastic problem - he won't graduate without some serious tutoring. Talk about irony? The one who can help him the most is Dave.

Will Dave help? Maybe if Tank agrees to repay all of his victims in full, along with a full apology.

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Alessandro

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Lazy Bee Scripts

The tale of Alessandro Stradella, musical lover. (That's musical lover as in 'musician and lothario', not as in 'fan of Rogers and Hammerstein'.) His affair with his pupil, Contessa Maria Cortese, sparks the wrath of her husband - just one of the enraged cuckolds Alessandro has left in his wake.

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Lazy Bee Scripts

A couple move into a new home in Salem, only to find that they are not alone...

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The Merry Women of Windham

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Lazy Bee Scripts

A Garden Mystery or 'Victoria's Secret'... The women of Victoria's Garden Club devise novel ways of dealing with problems in their domestic relationships. All the solutions are permanent, though they require a fair amount of digging, and Victoria's garden contains some unusual plants. All the club members are blissfully contented until the digging and the ceremonial chanting is brought to the attention of a local policewoman, who comes to investigate...

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Godmother I

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Drama Source

A short fifteen minute comedy on what might happen if the kinder, gentler gender took over the mob.

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Godmother I and the Grump that Stole Christmas

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Drama Source

The Godmother I and family trump the Grump that stole Christmas from the neighborhood, restore it to the underprivileged, bring justice to the thief, and wind up Having a Merry Christmas doing it!

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The Legacy

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Drama Source

This 15 minute fun comedy tells of a widow who cashes in her LEGACY of beer cans to bury her pickled spouse.

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Saint Nicolas and Rudy

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Drama Source

An enjoyable, happy, captivating, comic, capsule (Space) of Christmas national customs, revealed in a personable, adventurous survey by God's favorite messengers: St. Nicolas and Rudy. It's Fun! Merry! & Flex-cast-able!

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Fone Home

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Lazy Bee Scripts

What happens when Nick Obligatto calls his defunct home phone number by mistake; with his deceased family offering him advice and a solution to all his woes!

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A Dickens of a Christmas

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Drama Source

One Act Comedy. Cast: Below. Simple Set - Costumes: Period. A funny, family (G rated) Christmas Comedy - Approx. 40 Min. long. And based upon Dickens’ characters, coming together at a Christmas Reunion Banquet thrown by him. Where, in the course of the evening, Evil Auntie (Anti) Christmas, who is also Anti-Dickens, shows up and attempts to destroy his Legacy and reputation, until thwarted by Tiny Tim who bravely thwarts her plan to destroy things! It’s got a Cast of 20 (9 M, 7 F, 4 M/F - Flex- Castable; with Extras Galore!) And Simple Production Features.

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Godmother I - 101

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Drama Source

One Act Comedy - Cast: 5 F. 4 M. - Simple Set-Modern Costumes. Suddenly! We have women who have Shattered the Glass Ceiling and are now in command of the Mafia and changing their image for the better… No longer the violent organization it once was; their Goal, to profit honestly, serve their community, and rebuild “The Family’s Image.” Their plan: invest in legitimate business and seeing to it their children are educated and good citizens. Achieving wealth honestly; with attitude, fashions and style playing major roles.
However one fine day, loyal lieutenant (Mob officer) Harry the Wasp stepped out of line by whacking (Killing) a Soldier; Carl the Cavalier. Contrary to the Godmother’s policy… Who made a pass at his girlfriend Jenny Wiggles. Naturally he needed reprimanding. So while pondering his dirty deed. - Surprise! Carl returns from the dead!… Thus ameliorating the severity of the problem… Question?: Will the new regime’s legitimate approach to mob activities be successful under Godmother I and her female entourage?... Bet your Glass Ceiling it WILL!

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Shades of Sylvia, ‘S.O.S.’

by Nicholas Conti -Published by Jac Publishing

Cast: 4 F-1M. - Simple Set - Modern Costumes. A One Act, Dramady in a ‘Nut –Shell’ that unfolds dynamically, as its fast paced four scenes build; into 45 minutes of Mayhem and intrigue! The cast is verifiably insane with George, boyfriend of Sylvia, shy about meeting people, content to be quietly buried in the basement.

Follow carefully now as Sylvia (ex-tenant), re-visits, to complete her painting masterpiece, left behind because she’d been evicted… Anna and Art now rent the duplex, and are surprised to find Sylvia still there, and threaten to call the law… But! she wins them over! - Continues to visit and paint while her old friend Cat (Klepto-Actor;) drops in and gets accepted. Anna’s girlfriends stay awhile, as does freeloading messy, Anastasia, (whom we don’t meet.) Then Ariel, Anna’s old College friend visits, with her suitcase of marital difficulties. When she eventually leaves, Anna falls for Ariel’s husband the guitar virtuoso with a Don Juan complex. Now Arthur has had enough of Anna, her girlfriends, and her carrying on with Julio (Don Juan.) Doesn’t care too much for George being buried in the cellar, and so he abandons the lot, leaving George in charge as ‘Man of the House.’ And in desperation drives to Boston; ‘Where the Women have more self control, and the Frost comes early.’

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Chris Carole - Meet Santa

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Jac Publishing

One Act Serio-Comic Play - Cast: 6F. 4 M. 2 M/F - Costumes: Contemporary –Simple Set - (35 Min.) FEEL! The Excitement of Christmas, as Jen, Mel, and Rob playfully careen down the street! Bouncing happily over to Chris Carole and regaling her with how much she adds to Christmas tradition in Bethelton… Dancing over to greet Santa, collecting for the Homeless. While Jen the Fairy Snow Queen, sprinkles All with charmed Snow Flakes; promising to grant Chris her wish to be reunited with her 3 children. Then as if shot from a Circus cannon, happily exit; while Santa and Chris collect donations… Chris started out as a poor, young, married Street Musician; who was abandoned by her husband and forced to give up her 3 young children for adoption. Now she makes a meager living playing Christmas Music all year round, with a cassette player; Tambourine and Drum; occasionally singing along… Donating her December earnings to the Soup/Kitchen; where she volunteers. Her children now in their teens, and lonely for their birth Mom, but living with adoptive families, team up to search for her.

Santa, who shares the corner with Carole, in addition to his job counseling; at Christmastime, takes vacation time to collect donations for the Homeless Shelter…Which he cherishes, because they once assisted him in his battle with his Demon, alcohol. Enabling him to get his degree and a rewarding job in Social Services, Counseling. Where he coincidentally got involved in the Quest and Reunion of the Mom of the 3 kids. Which happened after Santa and Chris decided to go for coffee; and became pals. It was then he realized that the 3 teens, coming to his office seeking their long lost Mom, just might be hers. He investigates and Eureka! a Document proves she’s their Mom! Later they Happily Reunite and promise to keep in touch, especially at Christmas. The kids, happy and, exuberant sing their lyrics to Jingle Bells, to the accompaniment of Drum and Tambourine played by the trio; for a Christmas Happening!

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Hamalot (a ‘Melo-Dram-A-Lot’)

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Big Dog Plays

One Act-Melo-Dramalot-Cast: 8 F. 7 M + Extras - -Costumes: Contemporary(2 Ghosts-Royals). Set: Simple - Time:75-90 Min. according to length of Festival. A Hilariously Funny Show! An All in One Show! With Modern Knights of Old, a Grail of Gold. Tales of Hamlette and Elsenomore as yet untold! It brings Britain together with Denmark - (not easy.) True! there are Ghosts! No Melodrama can survive without a Spook-or-Two. Also a smelly but inoffensive horse of Sir Gawain; plus pseudo-thieves, (the worst kind!) Finally before one of the many anti-climaxes, Ghosts are put to rest and thieves to, arrest! While The Grail is returned unblemished to its rightful owners, while romance runs rampant. (G-Rated.) Now! All is Well in Elsenomore… Which means it’s time for a talent show (Optional) smack-dab in the Middle of the Muddle; that uses (School, & Community Talent.) All are welcome: Entertainment their goal! If they’re not so hot after giving it all they’ve got! Send them back to Camelotte.

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Night of the Living Cryonic Dead

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Meriwether

One Act Melodramatic-Comic-Spooker: Cast 8 F. 8 M., extras, up to 40 players. Costumes: Contemporary & Ghoulish (fun to create) Set:Simple - Time 30-40 minutes. Back from the Frozen dead are these scary Frozen corpses that come to life in this one Act Hilarious Horror play for all seasons. Girl and Boy Scout Camps are set up close to the Cryonic frozen Protection Storage Facility for Future Living, One Moonlit Night the Depraved caretakers thaw the bloodthirsty corpses releasing them to terrorize the Scouts… Who are clever enough to subdue the Zombies with Garlic and hypnotize them with (YES!) Holey-Panty-Hose-Flags. Cajoling them with a scout song they lead them through the audience pied piper style. Then back at the facility they discover all the Zombies really wanted were (Really?) Girl Scout Cookies.

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Little Miracle of Bethlehem

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Jac Publishing

A One Act Christmas Play: with Humor, Message, Pathos, & Adventure. Cast 4 F. 9 M. Simple Set - Costumes: Biblical. (40 min.) Journey with me as the Angel Gabe visits Rebecca, widow of the finest Baker of Bethlehem. And tells her it’s God’s wish she and her 3 children visit the Christ child, by following the Star of Bethlehem, to the Nativity… Surprised, and ecstatic this poor, devout, and close knit family, agree to the journey… All loved dearly by their hard working Mom; her 2 girls and son all handicapped: one blind, one deaf, and one with a cleft palette. They follow the angel’s wishes; on what proves to be a scary, adventurous journey - And though experiencing a number of devilish encounters; eventually arrive at the Nativity and are greeted warmly by Mary and Joseph. Who suggest: ‘touch the hem of Jesus’ swaddling clothes, for Miraculous things sometimes happen!” They do, and God aware of their unselfish sacrifice, blessed them with a Miraculous healing which they weren’t aware of til they said good-bye to the Holy Family and started home. Then without realizing it; began to speak, hear, see and walk. It was a Miracle! They went back and thanked the Family… Overcome with joy they sang Oh Little Town of Bethlehem… on the journey Home.

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The Christmas Pageant of King Wenceslas

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Jac Publishing

One Act-Humorous Pageant - Cast: Below - Simple Set - Early Costumes. All the ingredients you’ll need are in this exciting, comic recipe for a One Act 40 minute, “Wenceslas.” With a Serio-Comic dash of History, 1 part fictional spice, 2 parts laughter, a twinge of conflict, juice, honey and a pinch of cinnamon added into this Christmas Wassail Bowl of Fun. Its Cast of 20 is Flex Castable, Expandable, Genderific, with Doubling possible. This is a fictionalized version of the happier part of Wenceslas’ life. Showing him to be a caring human being, benevolent to the underprivileged; while loving the arts which fits right in with the Christmas Spirit. Then A-bra-ca-da-brah! We get to sample the great Carol , “Good King Wenceslas” by The Reverend John M. Neale, (even before it was written.) Quite a trick in the 14th Century, it’s just one more card hiding up the good King’s sleeve. There’s fun here for everyone who joyfully go out singing, in a Merry Christmas Mood!

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The Mystery of the House of the 7 Gables

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Jac Publishing

Enter into the happy but haunted world of the Gables who now occupy the Fabled House of the 7 Gables... All’s been peaceful here for many a year, in spite of 2 Ghostly Witches still abiding there

Upset over events, they’re bubbling up a Witch’s brew in their Magic Cauldron; bringing to a boil a transgression that does roil!... Being dispossessed from their favorite chamber, occupied since 1692, the year of the Horrid Witch Hunt in Salem Mass. Now suddenly to be relocated in the depths of the cellar, in a dank cavernous room. All highly undesirable to these 2 Mistresses of the Black Arts - and just to make room for a Playroom for the Gables to enjoy. This is the straw that bent their brooms!

This was the time for action so they quickly mounted their Brooms and Kidnapped Teeny the youngest member of the clan... Sound the Bugle and rouse the troop no one messes with that Gable group! They search High & Low in this mysterious house till they realize a crime most fowl has been committed.

But the Witches have a card up their wicked sleeves and threaten the Fabled Gables with the loss of Teeny’s speech... A family conference ensues, the Gables, confer and said it wasn’t too late to offer the Two Witch Bait; i.e. Easier access to the starry Sky over the bay; the better to fly, and Zoom across the Moonlit Sky by. A ready supply of huge Spiders, Centipedes and Frogs, setting their minds agog. And the Greatest Prizes of all, an original Black Cauldron and Witches Spell Book from the Great Witch Hunt. Thus the deal was consummated. Teeny no longer ill fated, got her speech back, the family got Teeny back, the Witches their self respect, and a commodious room for many a Spell to Jell there... Now All’s Well That Ends Well in the House of the 7 Gables.

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The Little Drummer Boy

By Nicholas Conti - Published by Jac Publishing

In “The Little Drummer Boy,” I’m going to ask you to put on Santa’s Boots, Suit and Jovial personality. Then don the Mantle of Mary & Joseph. Now, envision a Family in a bind. (Financial woes!)... Visit them at home in their dilemma!

Then allow Chris (The Little Drummer Boy) to speak to your Heart through his youthful sensitivity; colored empathetic by his illness (M.S.)… Join Samantha (Sam) who has dreams of being an artist. Now place them in the loving care of a Mom & Dad who are emotionally torn apart because of a lack of funds, to bring about a Merry Christmas - with Gifts….Be startled by Chris Miraculously being healed with help from the Holy Family & Michaela a youthful angel.… Then it’s... On Donner! On Blitzen! As Santa lends a hand. Sam gets her Art set & Chris gets his drum and all wind up blessed, having fun!... Whoa!... Luckily Dad remembers to check the mail and finds his Severance pay has arrived. Halleluiah! And with it, good news, his job has been reinstated! Great News!... And a Happy Ending and truly Joyous Christmas… All woven together at the end with singing “The Little Drummer Boy”. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.

This lovely Christmas Dramady takes approx. 30 minutes, has 8 characters, 4 F. & 4 M. – Cast & Production Notes are included. The Set & Props, & Costumes etc. are very basic and simple, along with Lighting, and Sound.

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The Quadricentennial Military Pageant

by Nicholas Conti - Now available directly from the author!

A Short Pageant Play:
It’s as if the Hudson Valley fell asleep and woke up 400 years later in time to celebrate its own Quadricentennial Pageant, to honor some of those responsible for its discovery and development. Namely, Henry Hudson, Champlain, and Fulton. And also celebrate the establishment of the Continental Shipyard during the American Revolution which built 2 Frigates the Continental and the Montgomery and fire barges constructed to thwart the assault up the Hudson by an overwhelming British force! Resulting in a Victory in Saratoga; a major turning point of the War. In honor of this Event, the City of Poughkeepsie dedicated the Land, marking it with a special Plaque for the occasion. And commissioning Dutchess County Playwright Nicholas Conti to write the Pageant Play to form the center piece of the Entertainment.. The event held in Poughkeepsie, in May of 2009.on the Banks of the Hudson in a most Historic location, on land once owned by the Livingstons, Patriots of the Hudson Valley.

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A Dickens of a Christmas Tree

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Drama Source

The Tree! The Tree! It’s all about the Christmas Tree bursting with Life and Memories! A gift from God and Mother Nature!… That sprung to life in Germany, and is now an integral part of Christmas… Tune up Minds and Hearts now as we join Dickens in this exciting journey of this interpretation of his great story that takes us down life’s paths through many Christmases. Moving warmly through the Victorian age when Ghost stories were popular at Christmastime long before the advent of Media. Join us as we take you on this exciting journey where we relive the memories that each ornament brings to mind and the sheer thrill of mythical characters who come alive on stage – Each ornament bursting alive with energy!… Happy stories going back through generations… The Birth of Christ, the Christmas Tree on which the essence of memories thrive.

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The Miniscule Chronicles
(Legend of the Hudson Valley Gnomes)

by Nicholas Conti - Published by Drama Source

Their Motto: Never Ridicule a Miniscule, is gospel; for these “Little People’ are Magical, and Merry. Their History chronicled in “The Miniscules’ Green Book,” along with their Laws and Lore. This is their Adventurous Story, told by the Grand Old Wizard to the young MInis gathered in Nature’s own classroom on the Hudson River. The Minis said to be descended from Gnomes and Leprechauns, watched through the centuries as voyeurs to its History. Witnessing the voyage of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon. And the settling of the Hudson Valley. Minis, though elusive for safety’s sake, are always there for you in an emergency! Their Philosophy of Life is simple! Be Happy, Humble, Helpful Humanitarians and keep the Environment Clean and Green!

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