Philip Middleton Williams

Philip Middleton Williams

Philip Middleton Williams has written over fifty 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...
Philip Middleton Williams has written over fifty 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 this play are included in the anthology "The Best Men's Monologues from New Plays 2019," published by The Applause Acting Series. "A Life Enriching Community" is published and licensed through Senior Theatre Resources. "Dark Twist" is published and licensed through Next Stage Press.

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, 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."

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.

Plays

  • 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

    Each play is available individually.
  • A House by the Side of the Road
    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.
  • 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.
  • And the Wisdom to Know the Difference
    Ten-Minute: (2020) Clyde stops by to see Dan on visiting day at the treatment center.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All Together Now
    Full-Length: (2015) 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.

    Part 1 in the "All Together" series.
  • All Together Again
    Full-Length: (2020) 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.

    Part 2 in the "All Together" series.
  • All Together At Last
    Full-Length: (2020) 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 time of reckoning, and all of the family is facing decisions about the future.

    Part 3 in the "All Together" series.
  • Welcome to the Family
    Full-Length: (2020) 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.

    Part 4 in the "All Together" series.
  • Ask Me Anything and Other Short Plays
    Anthology: (2020) Eleven short plays ranging from romance to farce.

    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

    Each play is available individually.
  • Ask Me Anything
    Ten-Minute: (2006) A job interview gets intimate, harrowing, and twisted.

    Presented at 2018 Midwest Dramatists Conference and Short+Sweet Sydney.
  • 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.
  • Any Second Now
    Ten-Minute: (2020) Four characters are in the waiting room at Characters Equity, waiting for their next assignment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Last Exit
    Ten-Minute: (2013) Moving day brings closure to a relationship. Or does it?
  • '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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Good Year
    Full-Length: (2021) Marc Griffin has landed his dream job of teaching English in 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.

    Written for the Dramatists Guild "End of Play" Challenge, 2021.
  • 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."
  • Can't Live Without You
    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.

    “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,...
    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.

    “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."

    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.
  • 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.
  • Dark Twist
    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.

    Published by Next Stage Press. Script sample available.
  • 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 pages only.
  • The Sugar Ridge Rag
    Full-Length: (2020) Pete and Dave are twin brothers in rural 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.

    Semi-Finalist, Southwest Theatre Productions 2020.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Allen's Big Adventure
    Monologue: (2019) Memories come flooding back as a spouse says goodbye to his soulmate.

    An excerpt from "A Tree Grows in Longmont."
  • 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.
  • Home-Style Cooking at the Gateway Cafe
    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?

    Presented at the Valdez Theatre Conference, Valdez, Alaska, June 23, 2021.
  • 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.
  • A Life Enriching Community
    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.

    City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting 2020 finalist. Published by ArtAge Publications’ Senior Theatre Resource Center.
  • 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.
  • 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." Included in the compilation "Walking Plays."
  • 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.
  • Here's Your Sandwich
    Ten-Minute: (2013) Writer's block brings on strange visions and ideas.
  • 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."
  • Under the August Moon
    Five-Minute (2021): Sam and Doug, friends in life, reunite as spirits somewhere in Eternity.
  • Hey, Dad
    Monologue: (2021) A son remembers his father.

    Written for The Covid Monologues presented by Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble, May 2021.
  • Remember Me?
    Monologue: (2021) My left ankle reminds me of a moment that left a scar.

    Written for October 2021 Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive.
  • Begging the Question
    One-Minute: (2014) How do you pull off the perfect proposal?

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2015
  • Climate Change
    One-Minute: (2015) Cold enough for you?

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2016
  • Gee, Your Butt Smells Terrific
    One-Minute: (2017) Sam and Ben meet up at the dog park.

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2018
  • Off the Rails
    One-Minute: (2017) Riding the Miami Metrorail has its moments.

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2018
  • Planning Ahead
    One-Minute: (2014) Even the best-laid plans can hit a roadblock.

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2015
  • Short Cut in the Cemetery
    One-Minute: (2020) What starts out as a romantic rendezvous takes a wild turn.

    Written for the 2020 Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive.
  • Spoiler Alert
    One-Minute: (2016) Hey, let's go to the movies!

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2017
  • Unforgivable
    One-Minute: (2016) You had one job...

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2017. Fast and Furious VIII, StageLeft, Spokane, WA, 2021
  • Welcome to Fourbucks
    One-Minute: (2015) Ordering a coffee is complicated.

    South Florida One-Minute Play Festival, 2016