Arthur M Jolly

Arthur M Jolly

Arthur M. Jolly was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. He is a three time winner of the Joining Sword and Pen competition and was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award. His published plays include A Gulag Mouse, Trash, Past Curfew, Long Joan Silver, The Christmas Princess, Childish Things, The Four Senses of Love, How Blue is My...
Arthur M. Jolly was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. He is a three time winner of the Joining Sword and Pen competition and was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award. His published plays include A Gulag Mouse, Trash, Past Curfew, Long Joan Silver, The Christmas Princess, Childish Things, The Four Senses of Love, How Blue is My Crocodile, Snakes in a Lunchbox, What the Well Dressed Girl is Wearing, Bath Time is Fun Time,  and two collections of one acts, Guilty Moments and Thin Lines. Jolly is a member of the WGA, The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and The Dramatists Guild. He is represented by The Brant Rose Agency.

Plays

  • The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea
    In 1953, after interrogation by the House Unamerican Activities Committee, four university wives meet for their monthly play reading, knowing one of them betrayed the others. Tonight, their secrets and their deceptions will burst through the veneer of decency they struggle to maintain. This is the night they have chosen to read Medea. There are roles for six women - 2 in their 20's, three in their 40...
    In 1953, after interrogation by the House Unamerican Activities Committee, four university wives meet for their monthly play reading, knowing one of them betrayed the others. Tonight, their secrets and their deceptions will burst through the veneer of decency they struggle to maintain. This is the night they have chosen to read Medea. There are roles for six women - 2 in their 20's, three in their 40's or 50's and one a generation older than the others (60's up.) One of the women uses a wheelchair. There is one additional role for a man, for a total cast of 6F, 1M. Note: This play ipremiered in Los Angeles in September, and has been tweaked during rehearsals, and a few line changes after the run. If you have downloaded an earlier version, you might want to replace it. The latest version is dated July 2017 .
  • Long Joan Silver
    Long Joan Silver and her all-female crew take on discrimination and inequality as well as Squire Trelawney, Jim Hawkins and all the regular characters in this farcical new version of the classic adventure story Treasure Island. The play solves one of my personal issues with every production I've seen yet: a lack of roles for women. In the original book there's only one woman, and she doesn't...
    Long Joan Silver and her all-female crew take on discrimination and inequality as well as Squire Trelawney, Jim Hawkins and all the regular characters in this farcical new version of the classic adventure story Treasure Island. The play solves one of my personal issues with every production I've seen yet: a lack of roles for women. In the original book there's only one woman, and she doesn't even have a name. I've seen the odd production that shoe-horns in a female pirate, but none that actually address the subject. This one does. In fact, the role of women is paramount to the themes of discrimination, privilege and greed that are background in the book but brought to the forefront in Long Joan Silver. It's also silly - with mad rat-eating, cheese obsessed Jen Gunn arguing over the going price of trading the treasure for a piece of Parmigiano - Is it organic? - to Dr. Livesy dressing up as a one legged woman to try and frighten Cap'n Sally Bones. Okay, it may not be the book exactly... but it's the book funnier!
  • A Very Modern Marriage
    We meet Matthew and Tina on their wedding anniversary, which Tina forgot and Matthew didn’t mention so that he could bring it up at the perfect passive-aggressive moment. Into this messy argument of a marriage comes Tina’s GBF (gay best friend) Christopher - who has left his boyfriend and needs a place to stay. His arrival will shake up their marriage - and revive Tina’s failing business - but his secret goal...
    We meet Matthew and Tina on their wedding anniversary, which Tina forgot and Matthew didn’t mention so that he could bring it up at the perfect passive-aggressive moment. Into this messy argument of a marriage comes Tina’s GBF (gay best friend) Christopher - who has left his boyfriend and needs a place to stay. His arrival will shake up their marriage - and revive Tina’s failing business - but his secret goal is to banish Tina from Matthew’s life and slide neatly into her place. Torn by both love and resentment for Tina, and his suppressed but growing interest for Chris, Matthew struggles with his sexual identity and conflicting emotions in a rapidly escalating battle that comes to a head when Tina walks in on Chris and Matthew’s first kiss, and tries to shoot Chris but misses and gets Matthew instead. From there... things get worse. Ultimately, love conquers all and everyone lives happily ever after, for a given value of happily.
  • A Gulag Mouse
    When privileged Anastasia is sent to a Siberian gulag for the murder of her abusive husband, her arrival destroys the intricate web of hierarchy, alliance and treachery among the other four inmates of her bunkhouse. To save herself, Anastasia must save all of them: the prostitute, the killer, the lifer... and Prushka - the mouse. Available on Amazon - the SECOND EDITION of this play, rewritten for the 2016...
    When privileged Anastasia is sent to a Siberian gulag for the murder of her abusive husband, her arrival destroys the intricate web of hierarchy, alliance and treachery among the other four inmates of her bunkhouse. To save herself, Anastasia must save all of them: the prostitute, the killer, the lifer... and Prushka - the mouse. Available on Amazon - the SECOND EDITION of this play, rewritten for the 2016 production by Sacred Fools Theater Company.
  • TRASH
    The play takes place entirely in a dump - a municipal landfill, where two estranged sisters have come to look for a letter from their mother. They've come from their mother's funeral - the first time they've seen each other in years, and as they dig through the literal and metaphorical trash heap, they get further and further into their complicated relationship with each other - and with the...
    The play takes place entirely in a dump - a municipal landfill, where two estranged sisters have come to look for a letter from their mother. They've come from their mother's funeral - the first time they've seen each other in years, and as they dig through the literal and metaphorical trash heap, they get further and further into their complicated relationship with each other - and with the lives they led under the shadow of an abusive, domineering mother who still controls and influences them even after her death. The published version of the play takes place in the US, but there is a UK-centric version of this play available from the author, created for the London premiere at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, with language and concepts translated for a UK audience.
  • Past Curfew
    Seventeen year old teenager Kirstie gets caught sneaking home after curfew. Her mother, Sarah, has been waiting up with a bottle for company. Sarah's thirty-four, which, if you'll do the math, explains why she's so distraught about Kirstie being out with a boy... Michael. Kirstie's first crush. Years of bitter conflicts gradually erupt in a night of head games played to the limit as Sarah...
    Seventeen year old teenager Kirstie gets caught sneaking home after curfew. Her mother, Sarah, has been waiting up with a bottle for company. Sarah's thirty-four, which, if you'll do the math, explains why she's so distraught about Kirstie being out with a boy... Michael. Kirstie's first crush. Years of bitter conflicts gradually erupt in a night of head games played to the limit as Sarah and Kirstie finally confront the unspoken issues between them, including Sarah's conviction that becoming a mother at 17 ruined her life. Michael's arrival after Kirstie has fled in tears only makes things worse; but eventually, as the layers of lies and truths wielded as weapons are stripped away, the core of their relationship is exposed - and can be rebuilt.
  • The Christmas Princess
    A spoiled princess is tasked by a witch with finding three magical gifts if she wants to escape an arranged marriage to a stupid prince - but discovers that the true magic is within herself all along. Published by YouthPLAYS, Inc.
  • Childish Things
    Jerry is faced with the task of telling his estranged adult daughter that he has a terminal illness. He plans on using a go-between: Teddy and Bunny, who initially seem to be her siblings but in fact are her childhood toys - a stuffed Teddy bear and a rabbit - which he used as puppets when she was a little girl.
  • The Fourth Ghost
    Charles Dickens' Scrooge meets the Ghost of Christmases Yet to Be Yet to Be - and learns that the modern take on the holiday isn't quite what the other spirits led him to believe. Why choose the biggest goose in the shop when you can have a nice vegan nut-loaf instead?
  • She Will Have Freesias
    A mother reveals to her three bickering children that her cancer has returned - more aggressively - and she has only a few months to live. Sibling rivalry in the face of family tragedy... While the play is dramatic, the characters use humor to deal with their situation - and I have debated describing it as a "dramedy"... like so many of my plays, it skates back and forth across that line.
  • Last Minute Addition
    Three young actors presenting a hackneyed PSA about texting and driving play are confronted by a student who lost his brother in an accident.
  • The Copilot
    Janet, a nineteen year old college drop out, is heading home to her parents after failing every single course, unsure of how to break the news to them. To make it through the all-night drive, she's hired professional road trip copilot Randy, a 50 year old guy, divorced, missing his daughter. The play starts after her car has driven into a ditch, and they find themselves stranded on the side of the road...
    Janet, a nineteen year old college drop out, is heading home to her parents after failing every single course, unsure of how to break the news to them. To make it through the all-night drive, she's hired professional road trip copilot Randy, a 50 year old guy, divorced, missing his daughter. The play starts after her car has driven into a ditch, and they find themselves stranded on the side of the road near Yosemite, right by a sign saying "Do Not Feed the Bears". Yes, they do end up on the sign, listening to an angry bear and gradually forming an unlikely friendship.
  • The Secret of Jarlsberg
    Reynold, frustrated by his situation and trying to prove something to his partner Jennifer, attempts to make the world's most perfect fondue... without counting the cost.
  • If You Could Go Back...
    Stanley has invented a time machine to send his best friend Jenny back in history to shoot Adolf Hitler. What could go wrong? Well, to start with Stanley's future roommate turns up and shoots Jenny dead... and that's just the beginning of their time travel complications!
  • Fallen to the Communists
    A comedy about a middle aged widower trying to cope with his 12 year old daughter's first period.
  • Of Rats and Men
    What's worse, a dead rat in the toilet or a dead husband in the kitchen? Is there a difference? In the play, Babs has to make some tough decisions when her old flame Abby turns up on the run from her abusive husband - who she's stabbed in the back of the neck with a kitchen knife. It's a dark comedy with a heart of murder.
  • Almost Christmas
    A bitter waitress tries to get money from a crusty drunk and the bar's naive new owner - to fund a trip to kill her father. Merry Christmas! Published in the collection "Thin Lines" from Next Stage Press.
  • Bailing Out
    Reginald Niebold, stricken with cancer, holds a secret that his symptoms have deteriorated, and he knows his time is almost up. Niebold, however, is determined to wring the last moments of joy out of life, and his irrepressible spirit will awaken even jaded Nurse Lauder, who has worked on the ward too long to care anymore. Published by Next Stage Press in the collection "Thin Lines"
  • Thicker Than Water
    Joe and Sal - a feisty young couple, smart, sarcastic, and deeply in love - are challenged on the night Joe comes home with unexplained blood on his shoes. Sal tries to cope as best she can - in spite of her phobia about blood, anxiety over the pregnancy test she's been waiting for, fear of AIDS and an inexplicable rain of blood falling from the sky... Nothing is quite as it seems in this exploration of...
    Joe and Sal - a feisty young couple, smart, sarcastic, and deeply in love - are challenged on the night Joe comes home with unexplained blood on his shoes. Sal tries to cope as best she can - in spite of her phobia about blood, anxiety over the pregnancy test she's been waiting for, fear of AIDS and an inexplicable rain of blood falling from the sky... Nothing is quite as it seems in this exploration of anxiety and hidden secrets in a seemingly perfect relationship. Published in the collection "Thin Lines" from Next Stage Press.
  • Straw, Sticks, Bricks
    This is the story of Straw, Sticks and Bricks who longed to be houses... the life of characters in a fairy tale we never even think of as characters! What happens when their dreams come true (yes, there is an appearance by pigs and a wolf) and, more importantly, what happened after the wolf left, and how they rebuild their lives in the aftermath of all that huffing and puffing. MUSIC BY CHRISTIAN REGUL.
  • Courtin' in Georgia
    A frail hypochondriac tries to ask his neighbor's headstrong daughter to marry him in spite of a long history of rivalry between their families. This play is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Marriage Proposal, but set in Wheeler County, Georgia, USA twenty years after the emancipation proclamation.
  • Zombified
    The CEO of an ailing company has discovered a technique for creating the world's most cost-effective workforce... using a little black magic. It's a job for life... and beyond!