Phillie's Trilogy

FULL LENGTH, 97 pages / To be published by Next Stage Press, October 1 2022. Until then, contact me directly for a perusal copy.

WINNER: Fresh Fruit Award of Distinction, Outstanding Production
WINNER: Scrap Mettle Arts Emerging Playwrights Competition
SEMI-FINALIST: Barrington Stage Company Burman New Play Award.
SEMI-FINALIST: Normal Avenue's New American Play Series...
FULL LENGTH, 97 pages / To be published by Next Stage Press, October 1 2022. Until then, contact me directly for a perusal copy.

WINNER: Fresh Fruit Award of Distinction, Outstanding Production
WINNER: Scrap Mettle Arts Emerging Playwrights Competition
SEMI-FINALIST: Barrington Stage Company Burman New Play Award.
SEMI-FINALIST: Normal Avenue's New American Play Series
SEMI-FINALIST: Campfire Theatre Festival 2020

"In the canon of works that include The Boys in the Band, Torch Song Trilogy, and Falsettos, DeVita’s play Phillie's Trilogy will stand proud… and equal”
– Bob Green

Growing up in the “fabulous” 70s was no picnic for precocious budding writer Phillie McDougal. But despite the nuns, the priests, bullying classmates, and his parents, he lived to tell the tales, with results no one bargained for. Including him.

Developed at the Kennedy Center (with Jacqueline Goldfinger) and at ESPA/Primary Stages (with Rogelio Martinez.)
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Phillie's Trilogy

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  • Philip Middleton Williams:
    26 Apr. 2022
    This is not deja-vu; I have recommended this play before in September 2019. But in this finely-tuned revision, Doug DeVita brings the scalpel and sharp focus on the characters to the point that it's a breathtaking trip through the past and present in the lives of these friends and family, lovers and rivals, bringing out the past joys and pain in exquisite and sometimes excruciating detail. The growth of the characters through the years and the regressions to past hurts makes it all the more compelling to watch and hold them to your heart.
  • Vince Gatton:
    25 Jan. 2022
    The entire enormous series of Phillie McDougal plays is an equally enormous joy, filled with a sprawling cast of messy, mouthy, finely-delineated and unforgettable characters. This particular time-jumping subset serves especially delicious focus on Phil/Phillie’s complicated relationship to his mother, the balls-out brilliantly…well…self-assured Veronica, and to his trusted bestie Barbie/Barbara. 1970s queer adolescence, grotesque behavior from priests and nuns, and contemporary middle-aged grief and loss come in for the kind of ruthless, funny, and moving examination that only the sharp mind of DeVita can deliver.
  • Suzanne Bronson:
    13 Sep. 2021
    A fascinating look into the secrets and deceptions of a small Catholic community are examined in life long friends Philip and Barbara. The play’s troubling final reveals inspire writer Philip to reflect on his early homosexual experiences and the inevitable consequences of love and intimacy. An intriguing read.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Great Griffon "Seeking The Queer Voice" Reading Series
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    The 9th Floor, New York, NY
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    Scrap Mettle Arts, New York, NY
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    The 9th Floor, New York, NY
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    Arouet, Seattle, Washington
    ,
    2010

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Fresh Fruit Festival, New York
    ,
    2017

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Normal Avenue New American Play Series
,
Normal Avenue
,
2019
Semi-Finalist
,
Burman New Play Award
,
Barrington Stage Company
,
2019
Finalist
,
The Producer's Perspective PRO Inaugural Reading Series
,
Ken Davenport / Producer's Perspective PRO
,
2019
Winner
,
Outstanding Production
,
All Out Arts / The Fresh Fruit Festival
,
2018
Winner
,
Scrap Mettle Arts Emerging Playwrights Program
,
Scrap Mettle Arts
,
2016