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The official site for award winning
screenwriter and playwright

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 ONE AND A HALF MILLION visitors so far... welcome!

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Posted December 2023

STILL WATERS - the movie

I'm thrilled to announce that a new short film version of Still Waters directed by Katia Café-Fébrissy will be coming soon! Read more about Still Waters - the short film.

Watch for Still Water's first film festival showing! It's happening - but they haven't released the list yet! I'll let you know as soon as they make the official announcement!

Still Waters - the short film

The Lady Demands Satisfaction Taking Off!

My sword-slinging, feminist farce The Lady Demands Satisfaction has multiple upcoming productions, from Wellington, New Zealand at the Stagecraft Theatre - to Missouri at the Maplewood Barn Theatre to Edmonds, Washington at the Phoenix Theatre!

Stagecraft Theatre, Wellington, NZ Stagecraft Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Gwendoline Guerineau as Duchess Theodosia Pepperston, Sarah Penny as Trothe and Robert Millar as Osric in the Stagecraft Production at the Gryphon Theatre. Photo by Squidography (Lydia Harris).

Upcoming productions:

Nov 19-Dec 11, 2023 - Gryphon Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Feb 5-25th, 2024 - Phoenix Theatre, Edmonds, WA
June 20-30th, 2024 - Maplewood Barn Theatre, Columbia, MO

Stagecraft Theatre, Wellington, NZ
The Lady Demands Satisfaction at the Phoenix Theatre, Edmonds, WA The Lady Demands Satisfaction at the Maplewood Theatre

A rave review in the Regional News by Zac Fitzgibbon!

Zac Fitzgibbon's Review of The Lady Demands Satisfaction

Somber note.

On a sad note, I am deeply sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Linsey Falls - a brilliant actor, much loved in the Chicago Theatre scene. He originated the role of Lord Abernathy in the premiere production of The Lady Demands Satisfaction, and will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his friends and his family. The audiences of Chicago will will miss him.

Linsey Falls in The Lady Demands Satisfaction

THERE IS NO PLAY - Lots of news!

There Is No Play, a dramatic one act about High School students getting together to perform a play after it has been banned by their school, has now been PUBLISHED by YouthPLAYS, and has two upcoming productions!
The play premiered at the Kansas Thespian Festival earlier this year, thanks to wonderful drama teacher Angela Bin and the Fort Scott Thespians Troupe (#7365). It was, ironically, banned by the principal of a different school in a different state first - gotta love the irony.

Upcoming productions:

FEB 29- MAR 1st, 2024 - BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL, 17000 Haynes St. Lake Balboa, CA. 91406.

There Is No Play BCCHS

CONGRATULATIONS to the Harding Fine Arts Academy drama department for their outstanding perfromance at the regional dama one act competition, and moving on to the statewide competition! Excellent work!

There Is No Play at Harding


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


The short film script that won the Hammond House International literary Prize for a Screenplay, Eight Ball is playing the UK film festival circuit! Read the IMDB button entry, and here's the trailer!

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.