DeVita's PHILLIE'S TRILOGY Named Semi Finalist in Burman New Play Award Competition

Article Pixel

DeVita's PHILLIE'S TRILOGY Named Semi Finalist in Burman New Play Award Competition

Award-winning playwright Doug DeVita's dark comedy Phillie's Trilogy was just named a Semi-Finalist in Barrington Stage Company's competition for their first-ever Burman New Play Award, placing in the top 60 out of over 450 submissions.

"I'm always a Semi-Finalist, never a bride" the playwright joked, quickly adding "All kidding aside, I'm beyond thrilled the work was recognized by as great a company as Barrington; the news just made my month!" Other plays of his that have made Semi-Finalist status: Just A Rumor, co-written with Gary Lyons, was a semi-finalist at O'Neill, and more recently his play Upper Division was named a semi-finalist for Normal Avenue's New American Plays series.

Phillie's Trilogy (aka The Phillie Trilogy) has received several awards already; in 2016 it won Scrap Mettle Arts Inaugural Emerging Playwright's Competition, and in 2018 it was given a Fresh Fruit Award of Distinction for "Outstanding Production" for its production at the Fresh Fruit Festival in the summer of 2017.

Press notes describe the work thus: "Growing up gay in the "fabulous" 70s was no picnic for the precocious Phillie McDougal. Through nuns, priests, bullying classmates, parents - and years later the realization his best friend may not be the person he thought she was - he lived to tell the tales, with results no one bargained for. Including him."

When talking about the semi-autobiographical memory play, DeVita muses "People ask me all the time how much of it is true; aside from admitting to having committed the 'inciting incident" in the play - the twelve-year old Phillie slaps a nun after she's slapped him - I keep my mouth shut. Some of it happened, some of it might have happened, and a lot of it I just made up. Only my mother knows for sure, and she's dead."

For more about DeVita and his work, check out his website,, or like his Facebook page: His plays are also on

Related Articles

More Hot Stories For You

The Drama Book Shop, Now Co-Owned by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Will Reopen in March
 It was announced today that The Drama Book Shop will reopen its doors in March 2020 at its new Times Square home at 266 West 39th Street (between 7th... (read more)

HADESTOWN Becomes First Musical Of 2018-2019 Season To Recoup Investment
Hadestown, the Tony Award-winning Best New Musical has become the first musical of the 2018-2019 Broadway season to recoup its initial investment of $... (read more)

Voting Now Open For The 2019 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards, Presented by TodayTix!
Voting is NOW OPEN for the 2019 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The nominees are set, and now you can vote to make sure y... (read more)

TOOTSIE To Play Final Broadway Performance in January
It was announced today that the Tony-nominated musical TOOTSIE will play its final performance at at the Marquis Theatre on Sunday, January 5, 2020.... (read more)

Betsy Wolfe and Matt Bogart Will Star in Developmental Reading of Original New Musical INDIGO
Sing Out, Louise! Productions will hold a developmental reading of Indigo, an original new musical featuring music & lyrics by MAC Award winning compo... (read more)

LES MISERABLES Changes Dates of Broadcast in U.S. Cinemas
Les Misérables a?" The Staged Concert will be shown in cinemas across North America on Sunday December 8 & Wednesday, December 11 from the Gielgud The... (read more)