Jean Ciampi

Jean Ciampi

I've been a writer since I could pick up a pencil or a pen, a crayon or a stick in the dirt. My career has taken me through magazine features, corporate communications and 12 years of a snarky, weekly newspaper column, but three-plus years of living in Saudi Arabia made me a playwright.

Having spent most of my life on the Texas Coast, I'm an actress, director, producer, crew and board...
I've been a writer since I could pick up a pencil or a pen, a crayon or a stick in the dirt. My career has taken me through magazine features, corporate communications and 12 years of a snarky, weekly newspaper column, but three-plus years of living in Saudi Arabia made me a playwright.

Having spent most of my life on the Texas Coast, I'm an actress, director, producer, crew and board member with community theatres wherever I live. Currently I live in Midland, Michigan where I think it is far too cold.

Plays

  • 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.

Recommended by Jean Ciampi

  • The Odd and Unusual Day of Mr. Ribbitz (Radio Play Version)
    1 Oct. 2020
    A fast-paced, hilarious romp of insanity. Often a good script will make you smile, perhaps even chuckle, as you give it a read. But Jeff Folschinksy's characters had me cackling out loud. It was a much-enjoyed good laugh.
  • Two Thumbs Up
    2 Sep. 2020
    A creative and well-imagined comedy that draws you in with it's rather unexpected twists. The characters are delightfully off-center and fun. Two Thumbs Up definitely deserves two thumbs up!
  • The Beaumont Technique
    7 Aug. 2020
    This script should be prefaced with a warning: Do not consume any beverage while reading that you are not willing to snort out your nose.
  • Between Dollywood and Disney
    7 Aug. 2020
    A poignant and very real look at the challenges of aging and a testament to how Love always finds a way.
  • True Will
    31 Jul. 2020
    Smart, sharp and impossible to step away from, "True Will" is masterfully woven and hilarious in an intelligent way. In a script that could easily have lost its way, Triplett has enviable control and produced a great show that audiences and actors will love.