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Jean-Pierre Martinez is a French playwright and scriptwriter. Born in 1955 in Auvers-sur-Oise (France). He has written 75 comedies, several of which have been translated in English. Jean-Pierre Martinez first got a taste of stage performance as a drummer in various rock bands, before becoming a semiologist in the field of advertising. Later, he worked as television scriptwriter and returned to the stage as a playwright. Today, he is among the most played contemporary playwrights in France, and several of his plays have already been translated in Spanish and English. He graduated in Spanish and English literature (Sorbonne), linguistics (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), economics (Institut d’Études Politique de Paris) and scriptwriting (Conservatoire Européen d’Ecriture Audiovisuelle). 

To get a license to translate and publish one of Jean-Pierre Martinez’ play script in any country, please contact his agent: CONTACT FORM

Strip Poker

4 characters : 2 males and 2 females
Asking the new neighbours over for dinner to get to know them: a risky move that could end up costing more than it’s worth and a perfect opportunity for a poker comedy where every player must eventually show their hand.


Friday the 13th

3 characters : 1 male and 2 female
John and Christine have invited two of their friends for dinner in their London home. Natalie arrives without her husband, distraught, having just heard that the plane bringing him home crashed at sea. With the potential widow they wait with baited breath for news confirming whether her husband is among the survivors … and learn that they are the winners of that evening’s super jackpot lottery draw. From then on, the operative words are “controlling emotions”. And that is just the beginning of this eventful evening, with twists, turns and revelations galore.

Him and Her Interactive Monologue

One or several couples

About the exciting adventure of living together…


Critical but Stable

6 characters (male or female)

Raymond is in a deep coma following an accident on a Boris Bike. His long lost relatives are called to his bedside to decide what to do and avoid prolonged therapeutic interventions. But this collective decision becomes even more difficult when the patient turns out not to be who everyone thought he was. And is the keeper of a secret that could make everyone very rich…


Casket for two

4 characters : 2 males and 2 females

When two candidates in a local by-election cremate their spouses on election day, conditions are rife for spoiled ballots and stray bullets. Especially when the funeral director’s newly hired temp has a mind of her own…


Running on empty

2 characters (males or females)

A journalist visits a playwright on the down and out for an interview that could launch his comeback. But in the world of theatre, appearances can be deceiving…


The worst village in England

10 characters (males or females)

The last survivors of a dying village, forsaken by God and bypassed by the motorway, decide to take matters into their own hands and create an event that will drive traffic to their village. But it’s not easy to turn the worst village in England into the next must-see tourist attraction…



An innocent little murder

3 characters : 1 male and 2 females

Involuntary adultery can easily lead to involuntary manslaughter, but getting rid of the body of evidence is a whole different matter…






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