Shades of Sylvia by Nicholas Conti
- SYLVIA: 20s-40s, a talented, ditsy artist.
Former tenant of the Mount Vernon duplex.
- ANNA: 20s-40s, a high school English teacher,
drama club director, aspiring playwright, and wife of Arthur. Present
tenant of the Mount Vernon duplex.
- ARTHUR: 20s-40s. Anna’s husband, a graphic
designer. Present tenant of the Mount Vernon duplex.
- ARIEL: 20s-40s, Anna’s, best friend from
college. Adrift. from her husband, Julio ‘The philanderer’.
- CAT: 20s-40s, Sylvia’s good friend. Itinerant
actress, dresses in black leotards, kleptomaniac.
Graphic Designer Arthur and his high school English
teacher/drama coach/playwright wife, Anna rent a duplex in Mount Vernon, New
York. Sadly, their passionate marriage is turning tepid and clouds are
appearing fast over the languid, scenic neighborhood they were once so happy
in. Enter Sylvia, a light-hearted, cumulous nimbus who brings a happy
backdrop (with a bit of sorrow in smaller doses). Sylvia is a ditsy,
talented artist who once lived at the duplex, from the window of which she
began a prized pastoral that she’d like to complete. So she returns to Mount
Vernon, rings the bell (to ensure no one is home), lets herself in and
executes her plan to do so. Unfortunately, Anna discovers Sylvia.
Fortunately, her choice is to befriend the trespasser. Then comes Ariel,
staying with Arthur and Anna a while due to marital difficulties; and Julio,
a less than scrupulous philanderer; and Cat, an itinerant
actress/kleptomaniac. All together, they (and their slap-happy chaos and
circumstances) shock, rock and explode together in a non-stop plot that
takes twists and turns through love, lust, death and debauchery.
Fall, the present in a scenic suburb of Mount Vernon, NY.
Inside the old duplex of Arthur and Anna. One unit simple set, no walls
required only black backdrops and furniture.
Born: in the shadow of the Verrazano Bridge,
Brooklyn. Spent 4 years U.S. Navy. Member: 4 Biz-Unions AEA-AFTRA-SAG-AGMA;
& DGA. Education: St. John’s U; CUNY-Media. Singing-Priv: E. Fowlston;
Acting: American Academy of Dramatic Arts & American Theater Wing.
Singing/Acting Perf:- 6 Summers, Equity Stock; Equity Library Theater,
Columbia Artists Choral Tour; Lincoln Center: Philharmonic Hall (Schola
Cantorum.) & N.Y. State Th:-German Schiller Theater. Operas: Traviata,
Boheme Romeo & Juliet.Swedish Am. Line, Singer, 2 W. Indies. Cruises. Off
Bwy: Provincetown Playhouse; TV: Nurses, Defenders, & Jackie Gleason; Cable
TV-El. Commercial:-Rheingold Beer; Movies: The Hustlers & Love with the
Proper Stranger.Radio: 8yrs., Hudson Valley, NY- DJ/Announcer/Newsman [also
wrote news & copy]. Playwright Credits:- NY---2000: Alessandro, One Act
play, finalist; Dawn:- “Lights Up Contest,” Cuneen-Hackett. Arts Center,
Vassar st., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.2002: ‘Alessandro,’ Reading; Depot Th.,
Garrison, N.Y. Publications:-Drama Source: 5 One Act comedies: “ The
Legacy,” “The Godmother I,” “The Godmother I-101,” “Saint Nicolas & Rudy,” &
“The Godmother I and the Grump that Stole Christmas.”Merriwether Publ: One
Act Comedy: “Night of the Living Cryonic Dead.”Lazy Bee Scripts Publ.
(U.K.): 3 One Act Comedies: “The Merry Women of Windham,” “Mirror Mirror on
the Wall,” & “Alessandro.”Finalist: Nov. 2005: Gettysburg College World
Premier, One-Act Play FestivalOf : “The Merry Women of Windham.” Honorarium
& 2 full Productions. Magazine Articles: 2001, Savannah; Theater Memories.
2004: (Child.) Whimsy; The Dragon That Could Sing Bass. Placebo Journal;
(Epigram), “Doctologist.” Poetry.Com: 4 Poems. Song: Walking in Your Heart
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