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Arthur M. Jolly

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Posted November 2017

RISING premieres in December.

I live in Houston, and while Hurricane Harvey was going on, I was trapped in my house by rising water. We were extremely lucky, the waters filled the street but stopped short of the sandbags in front of our door. To pass this stressful time, I wrote a new one act about seven Middle School students, trapped in their classroom by rising floodwaters. The amazing people over at YouthPLAYS rushed it into publication, in a digital format prior to a premiere. It will be produced at the YES Prep Northline Middle School, right here in Houston (as the premiere should be!) December 1st and 2nd. Once I've had a chance to see it up on its feet, I'll make some final tweaks and it will be traditionally published, alongside my other YouthPLAYS works.
I will be donating all author proceeds from the play to local charities working for hurricane relief, both here in Texas, but also in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the states affected by Hurricane Irma... and as the years go by, those organizations working to help those affected by future hurricanes.
If you teach in a Middle School, or work with a drama group or a community theatre, please consider the play born from a storm...

Rising premieres at YES Prep Northline, Dec 1st & 2nd.

Rising - a new play about Hurricane harvey

Childish Things, directed by Matthew Singletary, in post.

Matthew directed the Short + Sweet production of the play, and, as a film director, knew that he wanted to film a version of the play. I rewrote the script, and Vanessa Pantley (A Gulag Mouse) came on to produce it. It was shot in Los Angeles in August of 2017, and is in post-production. More news to come!

Childish Things filming

Frank Collison takes a break from the drama during filming.

I have just added a BRAND NEW MONOLOGUE from a brand new play - STILL WATERS.

There's a new interview with yours truly at I interview Playwrights!

Childish Things is included in The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016, now on bookshelves!

Metropolitan Arts Institute

The Five Minute Mile short play festival at Cone Man Running Productions will include TWO of my short plays: The Fourth Ghost and The Passport, November 2- 18, Thursday - Saturday at 8PM, Monday, November 6 at 8PM, Sunday, November 12 at 3PM
‚Äč Beacon Theatre
5102 Navigation Blvd.
Houston, TX 77011

The Five Minute Mile

Bully Issues will be at the Tallequah High School Tiger Theatre, November 6th,as part of an evening of short plays about bullying.

Tahlequah High School

The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop's production of How Blue is My Crocodile, winner of a TANYS Award for MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT IN ENSEMBLE ACTING will have an encore performance at the TANYS festival in Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre, Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin Street Auburn NY at 9:30 am, Saturday November 18th. Break a leg, Jayden and Nicole!

The Tanys Festival

A Gulag Mouse will be at the Warehouse Theatre, a student-governed theatre company working in cooperation with the Performing Arts Department of Stephens College, at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9-11, 2017; 2 p.m., Nov. 12, 1200 E Broadway, Columbia MO 65215. I will be there for an AUDIENCE TALKBACK on Friday, November 10th!

Stephens College

The Lady Demands Satisfaction, winner of the 2017/2018 Joining Sword and Pen Competition will be produced by the Babes With Blades Theatre Company in Chicago, in July of 2018. More details to follow as we get closer!

The Lady Demands Satisfaction

Publications over the last year included Rising, Bully Issues as part of the collection Bullying, Ink from YouthPLAYS, and If You Could Go Back... as part of the collection 30 Short Plays for Passionate Actors, The Fourth Ghost is included in 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance, One Minute Plays includes two of my micro-plays, Not Expecting That and Parent Teacher Conference; and Childish Things is included in the iconic series that's been the standard of excellence for over seventy years - Applause Books' Best American Short Plays 2015-2016.

Bullying, Ink     30 Plays for Passionate Actors     One Minute Plays     105 Five Minute Plays     One Minute Plays     ORising

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