Jean Ciampi

Jean Ciampi

Jean Ciampi is a playwright, columnist, Dramatists Guild of America member, scuba diver, actress, baseball fan, director, Texan, Jesus lover and cilantro hater. With the continued demise of a certain virus that will not be named, she also plans to play roller derby and use her passport more. Her first play, “Potato Gumbo,” written while living in Saudi Arabia, won the Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting...
Jean Ciampi is a playwright, columnist, Dramatists Guild of America member, scuba diver, actress, baseball fan, director, Texan, Jesus lover and cilantro hater. With the continued demise of a certain virus that will not be named, she also plans to play roller derby and use her passport more. Her first play, “Potato Gumbo,” written while living in Saudi Arabia, won the Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence but did not win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. She still has sour grapes with “Hamilton” about that. Jean uses her super powers for conjugating verbs to write magazine features, corporate communications, and a snarky blog. Until recently, you could find her in Michigan complaining about the cold, although she has thankfully been repatriated to Texas.

Plays

  • Devil in the Details
    “It’s not like there’s a Hallmark card reminding us that Satanic Appreciation Week is coming up.”

    After a Supreme Court ruling has granted the right, Satan wants to submit an application to fly a flag over Boston’s City Hall Plaza in celebration of Satanic Appreciation Week. Has he met his match, though, in government employee Brenda and been sent to bureaucracy hell?
  • 8 Floors and Counting
    Zero vacation days and you haven’t earned any dead days yet.

    Tyler has plummeted 8 floors in the elevator. When the doors open, he encounters a saucy and sultry Lucy, who is hell-bent on showing him how far he has really fallen, and Gabe, who doesn’t have much of a prayer for building the counter-case. Will Tyler roast? Is Gabe barking up the wrong tree? The answer comes in a comic turn-of-events...
    Zero vacation days and you haven’t earned any dead days yet.

    Tyler has plummeted 8 floors in the elevator. When the doors open, he encounters a saucy and sultry Lucy, who is hell-bent on showing him how far he has really fallen, and Gabe, who doesn’t have much of a prayer for building the counter-case. Will Tyler roast? Is Gabe barking up the wrong tree? The answer comes in a comic turn-of-events in this snappy 10-minute play where actors must quickly create multiple characters.
  • The Bold and Bob
    ~ “A colonoscopy isn’t the worst thing that can happen to a man.” ~

    “Bob-O”, a high school teacher with the spine of a jellyfish, returns to Normal, Illinois to find that nothing is normal anymore after the sudden passing of his mother, Mariam O’Kineski. Forced to face up to the responsibilities of planning her funeral, he must navigate an outlandish cast of characters that include the Vietnam...
    ~ “A colonoscopy isn’t the worst thing that can happen to a man.” ~

    “Bob-O”, a high school teacher with the spine of a jellyfish, returns to Normal, Illinois to find that nothing is normal anymore after the sudden passing of his mother, Mariam O’Kineski. Forced to face up to the responsibilities of planning her funeral, he must navigate an outlandish cast of characters that include the Vietnam vet angling for Mariam’s corner apartment and the building manager angling for a wedding ring. The aging flower child across the hall is hell-bent to steamroll the funeral plans (which may or may not include the funeral director’s taco truck, the Rolly Guacamole), but when Mariam’s boss shows up, everything Bob-O thought he knew about his mother quickly unravels in hilarity. He’ll be making a grave mistake if he thinks his mother’s legacy is what she’s left in her will as Mariam’s final gift to Bob will be much more “bold and brave.”
  • A Very Holly Moosemas
    It’s August in Atlanta but Holly Anderson is convinced she can transform a movie set into a wooded, mountain Christmas masterpiece. With the blessed assistance of a scotch-drinking retired nun, she has to navigate the crotchety host of her AirBnB, an unexpected case of salmonella, and a Scrooge of a boss. If she could only find her phone. Joy is where you create it – even unconventionally – in this high energy...
    It’s August in Atlanta but Holly Anderson is convinced she can transform a movie set into a wooded, mountain Christmas masterpiece. With the blessed assistance of a scotch-drinking retired nun, she has to navigate the crotchety host of her AirBnB, an unexpected case of salmonella, and a Scrooge of a boss. If she could only find her phone. Joy is where you create it – even unconventionally – in this high energy, off-season holiday romp.
  • Potato Gumbo
    “You don’t quit having dreams because you get old.”

    A touchingly honest and, at times, zany look at the potentially brutal challenges of aging, "Potato Gumbo" tells the poignant story of Gretchen and Thomas, her dream, an ill-gotten pair of handcuffs, a diagnosis, and the adult children who must walk the delicate line of parenting their parents. It is the story of so many of our lives...
    “You don’t quit having dreams because you get old.”

    A touchingly honest and, at times, zany look at the potentially brutal challenges of aging, "Potato Gumbo" tells the poignant story of Gretchen and Thomas, her dream, an ill-gotten pair of handcuffs, a diagnosis, and the adult children who must walk the delicate line of parenting their parents. It is the story of so many of our lives – past, present or the future we must inevitably face.

    Gretchen Nelson could create the ideal gumbo recipe utilizing the unlikely ingredient of potato if she could only get from her Central Texas retirement community to the famed School of Cooking in New Orleans. Fellow retiree Thomas Trahan, already caught by her whimsical charms and light-fingered ways, is soon drawn into Gretchen’s off-beat schemes. Their initial plan, a late night, impromptu road trip to the Big Easy, has been aborted with their unfortunate return back home under police escort.

    As a result, more darkly serious issues begin to quickly bubble up. Is Gretchen’s “whimsy,” in fact, a looming cloud of declining mental faculties or worse? How much can one old heart endure? And when must elderly care end and control begin?

    Throw in an overbearing daughter hell-bent on saving Gretchen from herself, Thomas’s supportive son, a couple of helpful and hilarious friends and a dictatorial manageress, and you have, in short, a recipe for a very real and gently comic serving of the daunting challenges of getting older.