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Jolly, Arthur M. (aka Arthur Jolly, American playwright, writer, actor, stuntman, 1969-____), “Better by Candlelight,”

a 10-minute bare-stage drama in English, set in a bedroom, late at night, 2005,


; • © 2005 by Arthur M. Jolly; • in Arthur M. Jolly’s Howie's Last Words (Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Arthur Jolly, 13800 Tahiti Way Box BB4 Marina Del Rey, California 90292, jollyarthur@hotmail.com, www.arthurjolly.com, (home) phone (702) 203-6941. • Cited by Arthur M. Jolly via ftp October 8, 2005; Jolly says,

§ Dramatis Personae Man (m), any age, attempting to relive a fantasy; Woman (f), __, a prostitute posing as Man’s dead wife.

§ Synopsis "A man and a woman, in bed, lit only by a single candle, talk about love and sex as they move in and out of the pool of light it creates. As the play progresses, what appears to be a conversation between reunited lovers takes a bizarre twist, and reveals that the Woman is a prostitute, hired for the evening to play the role of the Man's former wife. His final monologue reveals the chilling truth of what happened to her - and leaves them both, with the audience, in total darkness.

§ Comment "One scene, that can be played on a bare stage. The single candle lighting this scene is integral, but could be artificial. This play includes adult themes and language and may not be suitable for all audiences. ‘Better by Candlelight’ was written and developed as part of the Coop Theater Company workshop. The playwright, Arthur M. Jolly, is the author of ‘Howie's Last Words,’ ‘Circus Schism,’ ‘The Christmas Princess,’ and ‘Tiger in a Cage.‘ He is a member of the Coop Theatre Company in Santa Monica, and writes from his houseboat in Los Angeles. He is also a former helicopter pilot, stuntman and stunt coordinatr, with over 150 film and TV credits. www.arthurjolly.com includes several of his plays, as well as monologues for men and women.

§ Themes dark, hooker, prostitute, scare, surprise ending, sex, spook, twist.

See also Arthur M. Jolly’s

  • "Howie's Last Words," a 10-minute bare-stage drama in English, set in a bedroom, 2004, 1m1f
  • "Tiger in a Cage," a 15-minute bare-stage drama in English, set in a jail cell, Monday morning, 2005, 1m1f

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