Philip Middleton Williams

Philip Middleton Williams

Philip Middleton Williams has written over sixty plays ranging from one-minute to full-length. A Moment of Clarity and A Life Enriching Community were finalists in the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. All Together Now won first place in the 2016 Playgroup playwriting contest and was produced as part of the Willow Theatre 2017-2018 season. Can’t Live Without You was his first play to receive an...
Philip Middleton Williams has written over sixty plays ranging from one-minute to full-length. A Moment of Clarity and A Life Enriching Community were finalists in the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. All Together Now won first place in the 2016 Playgroup playwriting contest and was produced as part of the Willow Theatre 2017-2018 season. Can’t Live Without You was his first play to receive an off-off Broadway production in January 2008 and was produced by The Playgroup for their 2018-2019 season at The Willow Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida. Three monologues from Can't Live Without You are included in The Best Men's Monologues for 2019. All Together Now, Dark Twist, Can’t Live Without You, Extra Innings: 10 Short Plays About Baseball (including A House by the Side of the Road), and The Sugar Ridge Rag are published and licensed through Next Stage Press. Home-Style Cooking at the Gateway Cafe has been selected for inclusion in the Smith & Kraus anthology The Ten Best Ten-Minute Plays 2022. A Life Enriching Community is published and licensed through Senior Theatre Resources.

His work has been seen in the South Florida One-Minute Play Festivals, the Midwest Dramatist Conference, the William Inge Theatre Festival New Play Labs, Bartell Theatre of Madison, Wisconsin, Odenbear Theatre of Taos, New Mexico, Theatre Roulette of Columbus, Ohio, the Short+Sweet Festival of Sydney, Australia, the Valdez Theatre Conference of Alaska, Vermont Pride Theater, Silver Tongued Stages of Miami, Seaside Players of Lauderdale by the Sea, Theatre Arts Productions of Palm Beach, Open Eye Theater of Margaretville, New York, Bendigo Theatre Company of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, and LAB Theater Project of Tampa.

He has a B.F.A. in drama from the University of Miami, an M.F.A. in theatre from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and a PhD in playwriting and dramatic criticism from the University of Colorado. In 1992 he was appointed to the national advisory board of the William Inge Theatre Festival. He has written numerous articles on the works of William Inge and Lanford Wilson and contributed to The Facts on File Companion to American Drama edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Mary C. Hartig. His doctoral thesis, "A Comfortable House" – Lanford Wilson, Marshall W. Mason and the Circle Repertory Theatre, was published by McFarland and Company in 1993. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Plays on the list below are arranged by type and in alphabetical order: full-length, one-act, shorts, monologues, and anthologies. Copyright notice: None of these works may be produced or reproduced in whole or in part unless permission is granted by the playwright or his designated agents. In other words, all you have to do is ask. See the contact information or go to www.pmwplaywright.com.

Plays

  • Can't Live Without You
    Published by Next Stage Press.

    Full-Length: (2002) Donny, a writer of romance novels, is confronted by Bobby, a character from his abandoned novel, who wants Donny to finish telling his story before he writes one more bodice-ripper.

    Three monologues are included in The Best Men's Monologues 2019, published by The Applause Acting Series.
  • Cooler Near the Lake
    Full-Length: (2019) Sam and Frank Weaver are at their summer home on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay in Michigan for a memorial service for Ruth, Frank's wife and Sam's mother. They are joined by friends and former lovers who reminisce about their summers spent up at the lake and uncover some well-kept memories that some think are better left forgotten.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Dark Twist
    Published by Next Stage Press.

    Full-Length: (2020) Set at an all-boys boarding school in New England, Richard and Jeff, former classmates and now teachers, meet in one of their old classrooms to reminisce. Enter Jim, the man who hired them both. Tensions intensify as the three begin a fierce dance culminating in a relentless series of revelations, each more startling than the last.
  • A Good Year
    Full-Length: (2022) Marc Griffin has landed his dream job of teaching English at a prestigious New England private day school. But he soon learns that the expectations of the parents and the students put him to the test, and the toughest lessons he learns are about himself as a teacher and a person.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • The Hunter
    Full-Length: (1984) Six teenage students and four adult instructors are isolated in the Rocky Mountains on a six-week wilderness survival course. Each has to come to terms with their fears, weaknesses, strengths and instincts, sometimes with chilling and tragic outcomes.

    MFA Thesis Project, University of Minnesota, 1977. Revised for production in 1984. Sample only.
  • The Sugar Ridge Rag
    Published by Next Stage Press.

    Full-Length: (2020) Dave and Pete Granger, age 17, are twin brothers in rural Ohio in 1970. Dave enlists in the Army as a combat medic and is sent to Vietnam. Pete, a piano prodigy and gay, goes to Canada to pursue his education in music and avoids the draft. Their parents -- Hal, a veteran of the Korean War, and Deb, a nurse -- are left to deal with the...
    Published by Next Stage Press.

    Full-Length: (2020) Dave and Pete Granger, age 17, are twin brothers in rural Ohio in 1970. Dave enlists in the Army as a combat medic and is sent to Vietnam. Pete, a piano prodigy and gay, goes to Canada to pursue his education in music and avoids the draft. Their parents -- Hal, a veteran of the Korean War, and Deb, a nurse -- are left to deal with the consequences of their sons’ actions and their future as a family. Over the next five years, their lives are changed forever by the war and the choices each of them has made.

    Premiered at LAB Theater Project, Tampa, Florida, April 28, 2022.
  • Here's Hoping
    One-Act: (1994) An HIV/AIDS support group meets in a church basement and embraces the reluctant and frightened parents of an AIDS victim.

    Commissioned by Northern Michigan Planned Parenthood for World AIDS Day 1994.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Home-Style Cooking at the Gateway Cafe
    Included in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2022 published by Smith & Kraus.

    One-Act: (2020) The usual crowd gathers for coffee at their favorite diner in a small western town until a mysterious stranger enters and engages them in conversation. But who's telling the truth and who's not? And what's the lunch special?

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • A Tree Grows in Longmont
    One-Act: (2019) Allen and Philip were together for fifteen years, apart for twenty, and now at the place where the tree has been planted in Allen's memory, they recall their life together and apart.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Tucumcari Tonite!
    One-Act: (2020) Alex, a bail bondsman from Las Vegas, is taking Tony, a mob accountant, across country to his new life and identity under witness protection. They spend the night on the side of the road in the middle of the New Mexico desert among the dangers of the desert life, and learn some interesting truths about themselves and each other.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Forgive Us Our Debts
    Ten-Minute: (2021) Jared needs to collect a debt from Luke, but there's more to the story than just an unpaid bill.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • A Life Enriching Community
    Published by ArtAge Publications’ Senior Theatre Resource Center.

    Ten-Minute: (2014) Paul and Adam settle into their new retirement community in South Florida and come to terms with the life that has brought them there.
  • A House by the Side of the Road - Seven Short Plays About a Family
    Anthology: (2020) A father, his sons, and the passage of time.

    A House by the Side of the Road
    Blind No. 7
    And the Wisdom to Know the Difference
    A Moment of Clarity
    Favorite Son
    I'll Be Here
    Good Grief

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • A House by the Side of the Road
    Published in the anthology Extra Innings: Ten Plays About Baseball from Next Stage Press October 2022.

    Ten-Minute: (2020) Clyde and his sons Steve and Dan sit on the back porch on a summer evening listening to the Detroit Tigers play baseball on the radio and learn that you don't have to play the game to be in it.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Blind No. 7
    Ten-Minute: (2020) Clyde and his sons Dan and Steve spend a morning in Blind No. 7 at Erie Marsh duck-hunting, telling dad-jokes, and being together.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • And the Wisdom to Know the Difference
    Ten-Minute: (2020) Clyde stops by to see Dan on visiting day at the treatment center.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • A Moment of Clarity
    Ten-Minute: (2016) An elderly father and his son share memories and truths.

    City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting 2017 finalist. The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Favorite Son
    Ten-Minute: (2020) Dan and Steve are waiting to visit their father who is in hospice care. As they sort through the arrangements, they sort through their relationship, bracing themselves for what's coming next.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • I'll Be Here
    Ten-Minute: (2020) A father and son spend some time together in the woods where they used to go bird-watching.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Good Grief
    Ten-Minute: (2020) Dan stops by the forest to visit Clyde and meets his new lifelong companion. He's an attractive young man named Grief, and he and Dan are going to get to know each other very well.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • All Together Altogether -- Four Plays about a Family
    Anthology: (2021) The four "All Together" plays: "All Together Now," "All Together Again," "All Together At Last," and "Welcome to the Family." Each play is full-length (60-90 minutes), using the same set throughout.

    All four plays are available for individual productions. The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • All Together Now
    Published by Next Stage Press.

    Full-Length: (2015) Part 1 in the "All Together" series. Paul and Adam are surprised by the unannounced arrival of Paul's 15-year-old son Fox. The surprise is that until that moment, Paul didn't know Fox existed.
  • All Together Again
    Full-Length: (2020) Part 2 in the "All Together" series. Ten years after "All Together Now," Paul and Adam welcome the family back. It's a big occasion: Paul's fiftieth birthday and Fox's engagement party. But there are other things going on that threaten the celebrations, and it's going to be a long weekend in more ways than one.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • All Together At Last
    Full-Length: (2020) Part 3 in the "All Together" series. Fifteen years after "All Together Again," the family gathers to celebrate the life of one of them. For Fox's son P.J. and his boyfriend Will, it's a time of reckoning, and all of the family is facing decisions about the future.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Welcome to the Family
    Full-Length: (2020) Part 4 in the "All Together" series. Five years after "All Together At Last," P.J. and Will are planning their wedding when Will finds out about his family history, including his birth name and ancestry. He braces himself to meet his past and his future in the form of his biological father and half-brother.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Ask Me Anything and Other Short Plays
    Anthology: (2020) Eighteen short plays ranging from romance to farce.
    Scripts are available through www.pmwplaywright.com.

    Ask Me Anything
    Another Park, Another Sunday
    Any Second Now
    Chewie, Get Us Out of Here
    END OF PLAY.
    Going for a Walk with Sam
    Going There
    Goodbye, Bobby
    Good Vibrations
    Here's Your Sandwich
    Last...
    Anthology: (2020) Eighteen short plays ranging from romance to farce.
    Scripts are available through www.pmwplaywright.com.

    Ask Me Anything
    Another Park, Another Sunday
    Any Second Now
    Chewie, Get Us Out of Here
    END OF PLAY.
    Going for a Walk with Sam
    Going There
    Goodbye, Bobby
    Good Vibrations
    Here's Your Sandwich
    Last Exit
    Matthew Weaver, Marry Me
    Short Cut in the Cemetery
    Stop Laughing Without Me
    ‘Til Dough Do Us Part
    Under the August Moon
    Viral Love
    Which Way to the Beach
  • Ask Me Anything
    Ten-Minute: (2006) A job interview gets intimate, harrowing, and twisted.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Another Park, Another Sunday
    Ten-Minute: (2020) Allen and Jill, two spirits, meet up every Sunday at the park to talk about life, the universe, the meaning of life, and peaches.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Any Second Now
    Ten-Minute: (2020) Four characters are in the waiting room at Characters Equity, waiting for their next assignment.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Chewie, Get Us Out of Here
    Ten-Minute: (2020) The crew of a starship is stranded on a planet where they find themselves being attacked from all sides and above by menacing cliches, supernova-sized plot holes, and hackneyed taglines.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • END OF PLAY.
    Ten-Minute: (2020) A play reading at a theatre conference turns from the play and the playwright to drama and intrigue between the respondents, and as time goes by, we learn that the fundamental things may not apply.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Going for a Walk with Sam
    Ten-Minute: (2021) Allen, Sam, and Philip meet up at a park in the spirit of remembering good times and the last time they were together.

    A sequel to "A Tree Grows in Longmont." The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Going There
    Ten-Minute: (2021) Sam and Gary, best friends since grade school, graduate from high school, meet up again ten years later, and wonder what might have been. Can they go back to where they were? Does that ring a bell?

    Written for the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive 2021. The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Goodbye, Bobby
    Ten-Minute: (2020) Donny finally finishes a novel, but just typing "The End" doesn't mean the end of the story, especially when the main character doesn't want to leave just yet.

    An epilogue to "Can't Live Without You." The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Good Vibrations
    Ten-Minute: (2020) Mike and Ron meet up at their 20th high school reunion and discuss their very different ideas of a "normal" marriage until karma drops in on the conversation.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Here's Your Sandwich
    Ten-Minute: (2013) Writer's block brings on strange visions and ideas.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Last Exit
    Ten-Minute: (2013) Moving day brings closure to a relationship. Or does it?

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Matthew Weaver, Marry Me
    Ten-Minute: (2020) Two playwrights meet for coffee. Hilarity ensues.

    Included in "40ish Short Plays about Matthew Weaver, compiled by Matthew Weaver." The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Short Cut in the Cemetery
    Five-Minute: (2020) What starts out as a romantic rendezvous takes a wild turn.

    Written for the 2020 Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive. The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Stop Laughing Without Me
    Five-Minute: (2021) A playwright meets with a producer, but the meeting doesn't go as planned.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • 'Til Dough Do Us Part
    Ten-Minute: (2020) Joel and his fiance Paul stop by the coffee shop run by Joel's ex, Mike, and find themselves quarantined on several levels.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Under the August Moon
    Five-Minute: (2021) Sam and Doug, friends in life, reunite as spirits somewhere in Eternity.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Viral Love
    One-Minute: (2020) Two people prepare to take the next step in their relationship during a time of uncertainty and social distancing.

    1MPF Coronavirus Play Project, March 2020. The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Which Way to the Beach
    Ten-Minute: (2015) George and Marjorie come all the way to South Beach to meet the man their son Steve is going to marry. Hilarity ensues.

    Published in the "Love is Love is Love" anthology by the Protest Plays Project in 2017. The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Standing Alone - A Collection of Monologues
    Anthology: (2022) Monologues for auditions and performance.

    Allen's Big Adventure
    Another Great Literary Career
    Do You Get It
    Free! Powerful Muscles Fast!
    Hey, Dad
    Just A Local
    The Last Time You Thought About Me
    Quite The Connoisseur
    Remember Me?
    Simple Black Marks
    That Goddam Tree
    What Great Question in Life Do You...
    Anthology: (2022) Monologues for auditions and performance.

    Allen's Big Adventure
    Another Great Literary Career
    Do You Get It
    Free! Powerful Muscles Fast!
    Hey, Dad
    Just A Local
    The Last Time You Thought About Me
    Quite The Connoisseur
    Remember Me?
    Simple Black Marks
    That Goddam Tree
    What Great Question in Life Do You Answer
    Zero Sum Game

    The scripts are available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Allen's Big Adventure
    Monologue: (2019) Memories come flooding back as a spouse says goodbye to his soulmate.

    The inspiration for "A Tree Grows in Longmont." The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Another Great Literary Career
    Monologue: (2018) Donny is a best-selling romance novelist who writes under the name of Amanda Longington. He is talking to a character in his first novel.

    An excerpt from "Can't Live Without You." Published in The Best Men's Monologue 2019 by the Applause Acting Series.
  • Do You Get It
    Monologue: (2020) The mother of a soldier in the Army in Vietnam in 1970 talks with her husband about what keeps her awake at night.

    An excerpt from "The Sugar Ridge Rag." The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Free! Powerful Muscles Fast!
    Monologue: (2022) Mike tells us how he learned that big biceps don't make you a superhero.

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Hey, Dad
    Monologue: (2021) A son remembers his father who died from Covid-19.

    Written for The Covid Monologues: 54 Writers Respond to the Pandemic. The script is available through Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble.
  • Just A Local
    Monologue: (2022) Kenny, a local guy, shares an honest moment with the summer people up on Lake Michigan.

    An excerpt from "Cooler Near the Lake." The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • The Last Time You Thought About Me
    Monologue: (2018) Bobby, a character in a romance novel written by a man under a female name, wants to know why he has not been in any more of the writer’s novels.

    An excerpt from "Can't Live Without You." Published in The Best Men's Monologue 2019 by the Applause Acting Series.
  • Quite The Connoisseur
    Monologue: (2022) Alex explains why he only drinks a certain brand of water.

    An excerpt from "Tucumcari Tonite!" The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Remember Me?
    Monologue: (2021) My left ankle reminds me of a moment that left a scar.

    Written for the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive 2021. The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Simple Black Marks
    Monologue: (2021) An English teacher at a prestigious New England private school addresses the class at the end of the school year.

    An excerpt from "A Good Year." The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • That Goddam Tree
    Monologue: (2021) Larry, a white heterosexual homophobe, reacts to "A Tree Grows in Longmont."

    Written for the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive 2021. The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • What Great Question in Life Do You Answer
    Monologue: (2018) Bobby, a character in a novel, appears and confronts the writer and the characters in the romance novel his writer has created while leaving him languishing in a desk drawer.

    An excerpt from "Can't Live Without You." Published in The Best Men's Monologue 2019 by the Applause Acting Series.
  • Zero Sum Game
    Monologue: (2021) Dave Granger, an Army medic at a MASH in Vietnam, is home on leave in Sugar Ridge, Ohio, in June 1974. He talks about one night on duty.

    An excerpt from "The Sugar Ridge Rag." The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Take A Minute -- A Collection of One-Minute Plays
    Eight one-minute plays written for the Miami edition of the One-Minute Play Festivals from 2015 to 2018.

    Begging the Question
    Planning Ahead
    Climate Change
    Welcome to Fourbucks
    Spoiler Alert
    Unforgivable
    Gee, Your Butt Smells Terrific
    Off the Rails

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Begging the Question
    One-Minute: (2014) How do you pull off the perfect proposal?

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2015

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Planning Ahead
    One-Minute: (2014) Even the best-laid plans can hit a roadblock.

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2015

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Climate Change
    One-Minute: (2015) Cold enough for you?

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2016

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Welcome to Fourbucks
    One-Minute: (2015) Ordering a coffee is complicated.

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2016

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Spoiler Alert
    One-Minute: (2016) Hey, let's go to the movies!

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2017

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Unforgivable
    One-Minute: (2016) You had one job...

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2017. Fast and Furious VIII, StageLeft, Spokane, WA, 2021

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Gee, Your Butt Smells Terrific
    One-Minute: (2017) Sam and Ben meet up at the dog park.

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2018

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.
  • Off the Rails
    One-Minute: (2017) Riding the Miami Metrorail has its moments.

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2018

    The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com.