Philip Middleton Williams

Philip Middleton Williams

Philip Middleton Williams grew up in Perrysburg, Oho. He has a BFA in acting from the University of Miami, an MFA in playwriting from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in playwriting and dramatic criticism from the University of Colorado-Boulder. His first play, The Hunter, was produced at the University of Minnesota as part of his MFA requirements. Dark Twist was staged by the Actors Ensemble Theatre of...
Philip Middleton Williams grew up in Perrysburg, Oho. He has a BFA in acting from the University of Miami, an MFA in playwriting from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in playwriting and dramatic criticism from the University of Colorado-Boulder. His first play, The Hunter, was produced at the University of Minnesota as part of his MFA requirements. Dark Twist was staged by the Actors Ensemble Theatre of Boulder, Colorado. The Purer, Brighter Years premiered at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City, Michigan. Here’s Hoping, commissioned by Northern Michigan Planned Parenthood for the Troupe Teen Theatre Company, was presented in Petoskey, Michigan. All Together Now won first place in the 2016 Playgroup LLC playwriting contest and was produced as part of the Willow Theatre of Boca Raton’s 2017-2018 season. Can’t Live Without You was his first play to receive a New York production at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in January 2008 and was chosen by The Playgroup for their 2018-2019 season at The Willow Theatre.

Other works include Ask Me Anything, directed by William Roudebush, Last Exit and A Life Enriching Community, directed by Jerry Jensen, and Which Way to The Beach, directed by Steven A. Chambers, at the New Theatre’s Miami 1-Acts Festivals. A Moment of Clarity was a 2017 finalist in the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. His work has also been seen in the South Florida One-Minute Play Festivals, the Midwest Dramatist Conference (2017 and 2018), The William Inge Theatre Festival New Play Lab (2016-2017), Odenbear Theatre of Taos, New Mexico, Theatre Roulette of Columbus, Ohio, and the 2018 Short+Sweet Festival of Sydney, Australia.

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 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.

Plays

  • Can't Live Without You
    Full-Length: Runs March 30-April 7, 2019 at The Willow Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida. Donny Hollenbeck is a successful writer of romance novels under the pen name of “Amanda Longington” living calmly and quietly in the Florida Keys with his girlfriend, Anna, a successful realtor. Both have what they think is their dream life. To make things even better, Donny’s agent Barbara arrives to tell him that he could...
    Full-Length: Runs March 30-April 7, 2019 at The Willow Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida. Donny Hollenbeck is a successful writer of romance novels under the pen name of “Amanda Longington” living calmly and quietly in the Florida Keys with his girlfriend, Anna, a successful realtor. Both have what they think is their dream life. To make things even better, Donny’s agent Barbara arrives to tell him that he could make even more money turning his bodice-rippers into made-for-TV movies.

    But then, as if by magic, Bobby Cramer appears. He is the main character in the Great American novel that Donny was writing when he hit the big time with the romance novels. Bobby asks Donny: “Why have you left me in a file folder in the bottom of your desk drawer? I’d like to know what happened to me.” This leads to a hilarious series of confrontations between the flesh-and-blood author and his fictional character who is, in many ways, the guy Donny wishes he could be.

    Meanwhile, Anna begins to look at her life and wonders if just selling real estate is all there is for her. She’d like to start a family. Donny must choose between Anna and their comfortable life, or Bobby and the unknown.

    “I really enjoyed 'Can't Live Without You.' I can totally see why it's gotten produced. It had tons of humor and humanity to it (my two favorite qualities).”
    - Joe DiPietro, Tony-winning author of Memphis and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.

    “It is wonderfully creative. And with its small captivating cast of characters, it is a piece that is easy to produce – a 'must' for today's playwrights.”
    - Dan Goggin, creator of Nunsense.
  • All Together Now
    Full-Length: First place in the 2016 Playgroup LLC playwriting contest. Paul and Adam are a gay couple living together happily in Miami. One morning the doorbell rings and in walks Fox, age 15, just off the plane from Santa Fe, who tells them that he is Paul's son and that he wants to live with them. To share in this staggering news are Paul's parents Jim and Dorothy, and after an all-day frantic...
    Full-Length: First place in the 2016 Playgroup LLC playwriting contest. Paul and Adam are a gay couple living together happily in Miami. One morning the doorbell rings and in walks Fox, age 15, just off the plane from Santa Fe, who tells them that he is Paul's son and that he wants to live with them. To share in this staggering news are Paul's parents Jim and Dorothy, and after an all-day frantic trip from Santa Fe, Fox's mother, Julie. This life-changing moment touches them all: Paul and Adam, who are discussing marriage; Julie and Fox, who are coming to terms with him growing into adulthood, and Jim and Dorothy, who never expected to be grandparents.
  • Ask Me Anything
    10-Minute: Presented at 2018 Midwest Dramatists and Short+Sweet Sydney. A job interview gets intimate, harrowing, and twisted.
  • A Moment of Clarity
    10-Minute: City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting 2017 finalist. An elderly father and his son share memories and truths.
  • A Life Enriching Community
    10-Minute: First presented at the Miami 1-Acts Festival in 2015; also at the New Play Lab at the 35th William Inge Theatre Festival in 2016. Published in #Hashtag Queer Vol. 1 anthology. Paul and Adam settle into their new retirement community in South Florida and come to terms with the life that has brought them there.
  • Last Exit
    10-Minute: Moving day brings closure to a relationship. Or does it?
  • Which Way to the Beach
    10-Minute: 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.
  • Gee Your Butt Smells Terrific
    One-Minute: Sam and Ben meet up at the dog park.
  • Off the Rails
    One-Minute: Riding the Miami Metrorail has its moments.
  • Unforgivable
    One-Minute: You had one job...
  • Spoiler Alert
    One-Minute: Hey, let's go to the movies!
  • Welcome to Fourbucks
    One-Minute: Ordering a coffee is complicated.
  • Climate Change
    One-Minute: Cold enough for you?
  • Planning Ahead
    One-Minute: Even the best-laid plans can hit a roadblock.
  • Begging the Question
    One-Minute: How do you pull off the perfect proposal?
  • Here's Hoping
    One-Act: An HIV/AIDS support group meets in a church basement and embraces the reluctant and frightened parents of an AIDS victim.

    Commissioned in 1994 by Northern Michigan Planned Parenthood and presented by Troupe Teen Theatre on December 1 -- World AIDS Day -- the message still has meaning and resonance.
  • Here's Your Sandwich
    Writer's block brings on strange visions and ideas.