Phillie's Trilogy

Full-length, award-winning comedy/drama.

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.

“Phillie's Trilogy premiered at the Fresh Fruit Festival recently, bringing with it a more...
Full-length, award-winning comedy/drama.

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.

“Phillie's Trilogy premiered at the Fresh Fruit Festival recently, bringing with it a more desirable style of writing ... almost musical turn-of-phrase coupled with brilliant use of exposition and spot-on timing made the word as welcome as the deed."
– Raymond Greenberg | Arts Independent

"Doug's characters are richly drawn and finely detailed, with dialogue that hits close to the bone."
– Kevin Ligon | Actor / Phillie's Trilogy

NOTE: If you're looking for a play with diverse casting possibilities, any of my other plays can fit that criteria, but due to the specific setting and era in which this play takes place, all of the characters should be white.
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Phillie's Trilogy

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  • Steven G. Martin:
    9 Dec. 2019
    This is an intricate, emotional journey. DeVita's skill at characters, plot and structure is key to this drama. Phillie's relationships with friends and family are strengthened, dissolved, exploded, and reformed.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    8 Dec. 2019
    I’ve admired pieces of this in 10-minute play format, but they couldn't prepare me for this full-length's big, beautiful leaps across time, exploring deep layers of meaning. DeVita’s smart script peers through the lens of the past, casting back to Pre-Roe V. Wade, Pre-Marriage Equality, to a raw, funny, analog childhood. And with incredible structural skill, DeVita carries us forward, to adulthood, as the generations reckon with the past, and move towards the future. PHILLIE’S TRILOGY tackles a myriad human complexities, with characters that shine, and dialogue that’s nothing short of magnetic. A truly breathtaking play.


  • John Bavoso:
    8 Dec. 2019
    Phillie’s Trilogy is an original take on friendship, love, family, memory, and the impact art can have on its subjects. At turns achingly tender and archly funny, DeVita’s play shows how relationships can grow, stretch, and disintegrate as the years go by. I’d love to see a production of this one day!

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