Dig Deeper - A Family Affair


Marc Camoletti, playwright for Boeing Boeing, initially trained as a painter, but by the early 1950s he was living and writing in Paris, the city that would embrace his work and that he would call home for most of his life.  In 1958 he wrote his first play, La Bonne Anna (The Good Anna). It was produced at the Théâtre des Capucines by a company affiliated with Camoletti’s wife, the theatrical designer Germaine Camoletti. La Bonne Anna, like all of Camoletti’s forty plays, was a light comedy dealing with themes of sex, relationships, and secrets. His work is often described as “boulevard theatre,” a genre characterized by bedroom farces and named for Paris’ Boulevard du Temple, the location of many theaters.

In 1987, Pyjama Pour Six, a sequel to Boeing-Boeing, opened at the Thèâtre Michel, where Camoletti often produced and directed his own work.  Camoletti continued to write, produce, and direct at the Thèâtre Michel throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Camoletti was an Associate of the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts and was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion D’honneur, one of France’s highest honours. He passed away in 2003 and is buried with his wife in the Montmartre Cemetery in Paris. From the time of Camoletti’s death in 2003 through 2008, Camoletti’s son Jean Christophe and daughter-in-law Arianne managed Thèâtre Michel, currently directed by Didier Caron.