Phillie's Trilogy

FULL LENGTH, 97 pages

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...
FULL LENGTH, 97 pages

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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  • Adam Richter:
    8 May. 2021
    An amazing play that works as both a coming-of-age tale and a coming-of-aging story. Over the course of several decades the title character and those around him are still trying to figure out who they are. I particularly love the way Doug DeVita shows the characters at different ages on stage at the same time, as if to say that we never really leave the past behind.
    Extraordinary.
  • Craig Houk:
    3 May. 2021
    Exquisite. With Phillie McDougal, DeVita gifts the audience with one of the most uniquely layered queer & quirky characters ever devised. Unapologetic, defiant, vulnerable, volatile & antagonistic all rolled into one. And in fact, every single character in this play is captivating, the relationships between them genuinely complex and entwined. Phillie's Trilogy is also cinematic in scope as DeVita nimbly moves backward and forward in time, expertly accentuating various tense moments with flashbacks & voiceovers. There's plenty to ponder, but at the center of this play is an extraordinary love story between a gay man and his best girl friend.
  • Donald E. Baker:
    25 Mar. 2021
    Betrayals are awful, and betrayals by family and friends with good, if selfish, intentions can change one's view of his whole life. "Phillie's Trilogy" is a master class on how to make three short plays feel like one integrated whole. Incidents in one become significant memories in the next. Seeming throw-away leitmotivs such as a recurring jar of olives become important. A great read that would play beautifully.

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