A Very Modern Marriage

“Matt, she shot you.  Consider that a divorce.”

Written by Arthur M. Jolly

Directed by Renoly Santiago


  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:00pm

Language: English

Location: IATI Theater: 64 East 4th Street, NYC 10003

Website: FaceBook Event


We meet Matthew and Tina on the night of their third 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 as an unwitting pawn in a rapidly escalating battle that comes to a head when Tina walks in on their 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. 

About the Playwright:

Arthur M. Jolly was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.  He has twice won the Joining Sword and Pen competition and was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award.  Published plays include A Gulag MouseTrash, Past CurfewLong Joan Silver, The Christmas PrincessThe Four Senses of LoveHow Blue is My Crocodile, Snakes in a Lunchbox, What the Well Dressed Girl is Wearing, Bath Time is Fun Time, The Bricklayer and a collection of ten minute plays Guilty Moments. Other produced plays include Bailing Out, Of Rats and Men, The Secret of Jarlsberg, If You Could Go Back, and the NPR radio play Thicker than Water.  Jolly is a member of the WGAw, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and The Dramatists Guild.  He is represented by The Brant Rose Agency.


Danielle Camastra
Danny Doherty
Renoly Santiago

Access to the Reading:

$5 suggested donation–the wine is on us.