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Arthur M. Jolly

Discover the works of Arthur M. Jolly (he, him), download free monologues for auditions and classes, purchase playscripts, ask questions, and get all the info on upcoming productions. Over a million visitors so far... welcome!

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Posted December 2022


Well, this is just so heavily ironic I don't know how to respond - but a planned development and production of There Is No Play, a one act about a group of High School kids attempting to stage a play after their principal bans it, just got shut down by the principal of the school.
I'm tempted to out the school, or send a letter to the Dramatists Guild, or milk it for publicity - but honestly, I would hate to be an educator in **** (a Southern state) right now, trying not to raise the ire of parents or the board, and while the play has, by design, nothing objectionable in terms of content, it is about school censorship, and that's a hot-button issue for a lot of easily-provoked people right now. Ah well, it will find a home somewhere.

There Is No Play has been banned


It looks like it has found a new home! I'll wait until everything is nailed down before I provide details, but it is currently on track to be part of the Thespian competition in Kansas in February!

Hurricane Ian relief.

Many of my friends from the Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Fl and the surrounding areas are recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ian.
I wish I could do more to help. One small thing I am able to do from LA is to donate to relief efforts. Any money I receive from sales and productions of Rising, my short play written during and about Hurricane Harvey, will go to the recovery efforts from Ian.

Rising, published by YouthPLAYS


I'll be teaching a workshop on FINDING THE PERFECT MONOLOGUE at the PA Thespian Festival, December 2nd and 3rd at the North Penn High School.
If you're a student in the workshop and are looking for the handout - THIS IS IT. CLICK HERE!

PA Thespian Festival

Mrs Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains Premieres!

Mrs Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains is now playing in Los Angeles, at Loft Ensemble Theatre in North Hollywood, directed by Tor Brown and Marc Leclerc, and produced by Bree Pavey and Sarah Nilsen.
Loft Ensemble previously produced Long Joan Silver - with Bree Pavey in the title role, and The Lady Demands Satisfaction. This is my third production with them and it is a fantastic production!
Come see this one!

Mrs Dilbers Fabulous Bedcurtains at Loft Ensemble Theatre

Two school productions of The Christmas Princess!

The Christmas Princess will have two productions in December, at Camden Middle School in North Carolina, and in Kalispell, MT at Flathead High School.

Camden Middle School     Flathead High School Drama

The Lady Demands Satisfaction in Mesa, AZ!

Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts presents The Lady Demands Satisfaction.
Performance: Dec 2, 3, 8, 9 at 7:30 pm & Dec 2 and 10 at 2 pm!

The Lady Demands Satisfaction at the MCC Theatre

Sweeping with the Enemy at Carroll College, Helena, MT

My brand new ten minute play Sweeping with the Enemy was found on the New Play Exchange by a student at Carroll College in Helena, UT and will be presented at their evening of directing scenes, Dec 1st through the 3rd.

Sweeping with the Enemy at Carroll College


I contributed a chapter about Friday the 13th part IV to Caillou Pettis' Inspiring World of Horror! Check it out!

The Inspiring World of Horror


My short film that won the Hammond House International literary Prize for a Screenplay, Eight Ball is set to be released to film festivals! And here's a trailer for it!


YouthPLAYS has just published my - can you believe it? - TWELFTH play with them! The Night Before Christmas is an inclusive, fun and funny re-imagining of the famous poem that begins "Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house..."

The Night Before Christmas Play

Buy me a latte?

So this site is almost at 1.5 million visitors (see the counter above), and I added a button for the "Buy me a coffee" website, thinking it might offset the cost of hosting the free monologues to download. Well.. it didn't. There was an initial burst of tips from some lovely friends, for which I am very grateful... and since then... Nada. Ah well, one day I might be surprised!

A fun interview on Playwright's Spotlight!

I ended up talking to James Elden for an hour and a half - but there's some good bits throughout about techniques of playwriting!

And, for those of you who only listen to a friends podcast to see if you're mentioned in it (yeah, I know actors!)... here's a few highlights and mentions:
09:38 Babes With Blades
10:44 Babes With Blades ... oh, and several more times!
15:45 Writing Out of Sequence
17:20 The Free Republic of Bobistan & the Nicholl Fellowship
20:30 The 5 Elements of Drama
28:50 Character relationships
29:40 Kelly Younger
31:35 The Last Frontier Theatre Conference
40:00 The New Play Exchange
47:45 City Theatre
59:28 Writing Action Sequences
1:01:18 Editing a scene
1:07:50 Getting Published
1:11:00 Next Stage Press and YouthPLAYS
1:19:40 Bree Pavey and Loft Ensemble
1:25:45 Loft Ensemble
1:24:00 Mrs. Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains


New Kid Next Door is out now as a radio play by Gather by the Ghostlight Podcast, hosted by Jonathan Cook, performed by Luke Romagnoli, Kelsie Johnson, and Sophie Cook.

Gather by the Ghostlight Podcast

What are you writing?

I'm still working on a play about The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie - developed with Houston's Alley Theatre. Here's some inside info, courtesy of Brendan Bourque-Sheil and the Landing Theatre New Works Podcast!

On Writing Monologues

A drama teaching friend of mine asked me to muse on what makes a strong standalone monologue for her class... so here's my take on it!

My headshot is by Jessica Sherman Photography.