Philip Middleton Williams

Philip Middleton Williams

Philip Middleton Williams is a writer based in South Florida. He has written over forty plays ranging from full-length to one-minute, including "Can’t Live Without You," "All Together Now," "All Together Again," "Ask Me Anything," "A Moment of Clarity," "A Life Enriching Community," "Cooler Near the Lake," "A Tree Grows in Longmont,...
Philip Middleton Williams is a writer based in South Florida. He has written over forty plays ranging from full-length to one-minute, including "Can’t Live Without You," "All Together Now," "All Together Again," "Ask Me Anything," "A Moment of Clarity," "A Life Enriching Community," "Cooler Near the Lake," "A Tree Grows in Longmont," "Tucumcari Tonite!," "Chewie, Get Us Out of Here," "END OF PLAY.," "Home-Style Cooking at the Gateway Cafe," "A House by the Side of the Road - Seven Short Plays about a Family," and "The Sugar Ridge Rag."

"A Moment of Clarity" was a 2017 finalist and "A Life Enriching Community" is a 2020 finalist in the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. “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 produced by The Playgroup for their 2018-2019 season at The Willow Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida. “All Together Now” won first place in the 2016 Playgroup playwriting contest and was produced as part of the Willow Theatre 2017-2018 season. His plays are published by ArtAge Senior Resources Center and Smith Scripts.

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 Last Frontier 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, and Bendigo Theatre Company of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. He is the author of the novel "Bobby Cramer," and has two other works in progress: "The Purer, Brighter Years" and "Small Town Boys."

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 has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1984.

Plays

  • A House by the Side of the Road - Seven Short Plays About a Family
    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

    Each play is available individually. Published by Smith Scripts.
  • Ask Me Anything and Other Short Plays
    Eleven short plays ranging from outrageous to farce; parody and mockery to touching.

    Ask Me Anything
    Another Park, Another Sunday
    Any Second Now
    Chewie, Get Us Out of Here
    END OF PLAY.
    Good Vibrations
    Goodbye, Bobby
    Last Exit
    ‘Til Dough Do Us Part
    Viral Love
    Which Way to the Beach

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • All Together Now
    Full-Length: 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-...
    Full-Length: 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.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • All Together Again
    Full-Length: Ten years after the events in "All Together Now," Paul and Adam welcome the family back: their son Fox and his fiancee, Nancy; Paul's parents, Jim and Dorothy; and Fox's mother, Julie. It's a big occasion: it's Paul's fiftieth birthday and Fox and Nancy's engagement party. But there are other things going on that threaten the celebrations, and it's...
    Full-Length: Ten years after the events in "All Together Now," Paul and Adam welcome the family back: their son Fox and his fiancee, Nancy; Paul's parents, Jim and Dorothy; and Fox's mother, Julie. It's a big occasion: it's Paul's fiftieth birthday and Fox and Nancy'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.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • Can't Live Without You
    Full-Length: 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....
    Full-Length: 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.

    Three monologues from this play are included in the anthology "The Best Men's Monologues from New Plays 2019," published by The Applause Acting Series.

    “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.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • Cooler Near the Lake
    Full-Length: 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 kept unremembered.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • The Sugar Ridge Rag
    Full-Length: Pete and Dave Granger, age 17, are twin brothers in rural northwest Ohio in 1970. Dave enlists in the Army; Pete goes to Canada to pursue his career in music. Over the next five years, their lives are changed by the Vietnam War and the choices they made. Deb and Hal, their parents, are left to deal with the consequences of their actions and their future as a family.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • A Tree Grows in Longmont
    One-Act: 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.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • 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 by Northern Michigan Planned Parenthood. This play was written in 1994. Since then, great advances have been made in the treatment of HIV and AIDS, and some of the information in this story may seem to be dated. But the stigma and misinformation that...
    One-Act: 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. This play was written in 1994. Since then, great advances have been made in the treatment of HIV and AIDS, and some of the information in this story may seem to be dated. But the stigma and misinformation that was rampant at that time about HIV is still present, and safe sexual practices for all is still the best way to prevent its spread. Education and understanding are still powerful weapons.
  • Home-Style Cooking at the Gateway Cafe
    One-Act: 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?
  • Tucumcari Tonite!
    One-Act: 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.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • Allen's Big Adventure
    Monologue: Memories come flooding back as a spouse says goodbye to his soulmate.
  • Do You Get It
    Monologue: The mother of a soldier in the Army in Vietnam in 1970 talks with her husband about what keeps her awake at night.
  • A House by the Side of the Road
    Ten-Minute: 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.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • A Life Enriching Community
    Ten-Minute: Paul and Adam settle into their new retirement community in South Florida and come to terms with the life that has brought them there.

    Published by ArtAge Publications’ Senior Theatre Resource Center.
  • A Moment of Clarity
    Ten-Minute: An elderly father and his son share memories and truths.

    City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting 2017 finalist. Published by Smith Scripts.
  • And the Wisdom to Know the Difference
    Ten-minute: Clyde stops by to see Dan on visiting day at the treatment center.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • Another Park, Another Sunday
    Ten-Minute: Allen and Jill, two spirits, meet up every Sunday at the park to talk about life, the universe, the meaning of life, and peaches.
  • Any Second Now
    Ten-Minute: Four characters are in the waiting room at Characters Equity, waiting for their next assignment.
  • Ask Me Anything
    Ten-Minute: A job interview gets intimate, harrowing, and twisted.

    Presented at 2018 Midwest Dramatists Conference and Short+Sweet Sydney.
  • Blind No. 7
    Ten-minute: 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.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • Chewie, Get Us Out of Here
    Ten-Minute: 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.
  • END OF PLAY.
    Ten-Minute: 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.
  • Favorite Son
    Ten-Minute: 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.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • Good Grief
    Ten-Minute: 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.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • Good Vibrations
    Ten-Minute: 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.
  • Goodbye, Bobby
    Ten-Minute: A writer 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."
  • Here's Your Sandwich
    Ten-Minute: Writer's block brings on strange visions and ideas.
  • I'll Be Here
    Ten-Minute: A father and son spend some time together in the woods where they used to go bird-watching.

    Published by Smith Scripts.
  • Last Exit
    Ten-Minute: Moving day brings closure to a relationship. Or does it?
  • Matthew Weaver, Marry Me
    Ten-Minute: Two playwrights meet for coffee. Hilarity ensues.
  • 'Til Dough Do Us Part
    Ten-Minute: Joel and his fiance Paul stop by the coffee shop run by Joel's ex, Mike, and find themselves quarantined on several levels.

    Submitted to the Quarantine Bake-Off, March 2020.
  • Which Way to the Beach
    Ten-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.
  • Begging the Question
    One-Minute: How do you pull off the perfect proposal?
  • Climate Change
    One-Minute: Cold enough for you?
  • 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.
  • Planning Ahead
    One-Minute: Even the best-laid plans can hit a roadblock.
  • Short Cut in the Cemetery
    Ten-Minute (or less): What starts out as a romantic rendezvous takes a wild turn.

    Written for the 2020 Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive.
  • Spoiler Alert
    One-Minute: Hey, let's go to the movies!
  • Viral Love
    One-Minute: Two people prepare to take the next step in their relationship during a time of uncertainty and social distancing.

    Submitted for the 1MPF Coronavirus Play Project, March 2020.
  • Unforgivable
    One-Minute: You had one job...
  • Welcome to Fourbucks
    One-Minute: Ordering a coffee is complicated.