Philip Middleton Williams

Philip Middleton Williams

Philip Middleton Williams is a writer based in South Florida. His first play, “The Hunter,” was produced at the University of Minnesota. “All Together Now” won first place in the 2016 Playgroup LLC playwriting contest and was produced as part of the Willow Theatre 2017-2018 season in Boca Raton, Florida. “Can’t Live Without You” was his first play to receive a New York production at the Manhattan Repertory...
Philip Middleton Williams is a writer based in South Florida. His first play, “The Hunter,” was produced at the University of Minnesota. “All Together Now” won first place in the 2016 Playgroup LLC playwriting contest and was produced as part of the Willow Theatre 2017-2018 season in Boca Raton, Florida. “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,” “Last Exit,” “A Life Enriching Community,” “Which Way to the Beach," "Cooler Near the Lake," and "A Tree Grows in Longmont." "A Moment of Clarity" was a 2017 finalist in the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting.

His work has also been seen in South Florida One-Minute Play Festivals, Midwest Dramatist Conference, William Inge Theatre Festival New Play Labs, Bartell Theatre of Madison, Wisconsin, Odenbear Theatre of Taos, New Mexico, Theatre Roulette of Columbus, Ohio, Short+Sweet Festival of Sydney, Australia, the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference of Alaska, Vermont Pride Theater, Seaside Players of Lauderdale by the Sea, Theatre Arts Productions of Palm Beach, and Open Eye Theater of Margaretville, New York. 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 Tree Grows in Longmont
    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.
  • Cooler Near the Lake
    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.
  • Can't Live Without You
    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.
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    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.
  • All Together Now
    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...
    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.

    First place in the 2016 The Playgroup LLC playwriting contest.
  • A Life Enriching Community
    Paul and Adam settle into their new retirement community in South Florida and come to terms with the life that has brought them there.

    First presented at the Miami 1-Acts Festival in 2014; also at the New Play Lab at the 35th William Inge Theatre Festival in 2016. Published in #Hashtag Queer Vol. 1 anthology.
  • A Moment of Clarity
    An elderly father and his son share memories and truths.

    City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting 2017 finalist.
  • Ask Me Anything
    A job interview gets intimate, harrowing, and twisted.

    Presented at 2018 Midwest Dramatists Conference and Short+Sweet Sydney.
  • Last Exit
    Moving day brings closure to a relationship. Or does it?

    NOTE: This play is also incorporated as part of "A Tree Grows in Longmont," but is still available as a stand-alone piece.
  • Which Way to the Beach
    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.
  • Allen's Big Adventure
    Monologue: Memories come flooding back as a spouse says goodbye to his soulmate.

    NOTE: This monologue is also incorporated as part of "A Tree Grows in Longmont," but is still available as a stand-alone piece.
  • Here's Your Sandwich
    Writer's block brings on strange visions and ideas.
  • Here's Hoping
    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.
  • Gee Your Butt Smells Terrific
    Sam and Ben meet up at the dog park.
  • Off the Rails
    Riding the Miami Metrorail has its moments.
  • Unforgivable
    You had one job...
  • Spoiler Alert
    Hey, let's go to the movies!
  • Welcome to Fourbucks
    Ordering a coffee is complicated.
  • Climate Change
    Cold enough for you?
  • Planning Ahead
    Even the best-laid plans can hit a roadblock.
  • Begging the Question
    How do you pull off the perfect proposal?