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- ISBN-13: 978-1940865904
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Hilarious Nightmares 2 - Acting Edition Paperback – 2017
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- "No one does wonderfully dark, disturbing, character driven shows like Daniel Guyton." (Gene Kato, Next Stage Press, 2013)
- "Looking for some good reads? Daniel Guyton has a wicked sense of humor and a fearless approach to storytelling." (Jeff Marker, Circle Ensemble Theatre, 2013)
- "Awesome show! Funny, edgy, even spiritual! I was almost offended!" (Brian Toal, Mostly Harmless Productions, 2013)
- "Last night to come see HILARIOUS NIGHTMARES! Don't miss this one. The cast has put in a lot of hard work, and the writing is just phenomenal. Oh, and it's funny. And offensive. It's like South Park on stage. Or Family Guy, just without the flashbacks. Well, mostly without the flashbacks. It's just good, alright? So no excuses... Be there, or be not as cool as I thought you were." (Rich Sagendorf, Mostly Harmless Productions, 2013)
- "This show is not suitable for children. It's not really suitable for adults either. In fact, we aren't really sure who it's suitable for." (Poster for Mostly Harmless Productions, 2014)
From the Author
Features the following plays:
MACABRE-CADABRA - 2M,1F. One-Act (20 min), A magician with a very dark secret receives an offer that he... really should refuse.
- "A professional magician thought he had everything he ever wanted, until he gets a taste of the real thing. Will he choose tricks over treats? Or is he happy waving his wand and pulling out a rabbit? Find out in this inquisitive comedy/drama by Daniel Guyton, MACABRE-CADABRA! (Press Release, Darkhorse Dramatists, 2013)
- "You wouldn't want Bingo at your child's birthday party. But you might want to book him for your funeral, so he can chew to bits anyone on your hate list. Kidding aside, this is a powerful, unforgettable monologue -- raw, intense, cruel like the characters in Guyton's Prison Monologues. This character makes me wonder why we are so drawn to vicious characters... Perhaps, they're the ones that suffered some childhood trauma or they've just suffered...just like us. Bravo, again." (Asher Wyndham, New Play Exchange, 2015)
- "Naughty, bawdy, touching, and maniacally funny in turns... A producer and an actress share a conversation over a glass of wine as he slips in and out of brilliant sporadic Shakespearean 'moments of truth.' Hysterical!" (Pat Taylor, Tolucan Times, 2013)
- Finalist in the Independent Play(w)rights 10 Minute Play Competition, 2013
- Semi-Finalist in the Little Fish Theatre's Pick of the Vine Competition, 2014
- Published in Best 10-Minute Plays of 2016 by Smith & Kraus, 2016
- "Next-to-last is Daniel Guyton's FAT DICK, which, as its title suggests, involves an obese private detective. His nutritionist has been killed, and the nutritionist's widow (the fabulous Katie Graham) is under suspicion of murder. The action takes place as a stereotypical film noir meeting in the detective's seedy office. There are clever lines, many recycled "fat" jokes, a nice flow, and an appropriate ending twist. Peg Thon is terrific as the offstage voice of a secretary... Paul Donnelly has directed the proceedings with nice blocking and flow." (Playgoer, theaterreview.com, 2014)
SAY HI TO AGNES FOR ME - 1F. One-Act (10 min), Jess is an older woman in an all-female penitentiary, here helping a younger prisoner learn the ropes.
THE GRIM RAPER - 1M,2F. One-Act (10 min), The Angel of Death tries to pick up women the only way he knows how... With roofies.
- "Jess, a prisoner going on 40 years in confinement, is a complex character. You might not identify with her, but she definitely deserves our understanding and our empathy. Yes, she has her vices, but she also has her virtues. She has the positive and negative traits that actors want in the greatest characters. She has a tragic past, but she's found some happiness in the present -- and that shows us her strength. She has a rare fortitude -- she will survive in her cell city until she dies. Better listen to her, learn the ropes, get close to her." (Asher Wyndham, New Play Exchange, 2015)
POOR BASTARD - 2M. One-Act (10 min), A homeless man finds a dead body in an alley - a RICH dead body. Who vaguely resembles himself. What would YOU do if you were him?
- Published in Best American Short Plays 2012-2013 by Applause Theatre Books, 2014
- "Okay. 'There issssssss no Springgggg Breakkk. Onnnnnly deattttthhhhhhh.' is an actual line from this play. Like most of Guyton's plays, it is extremely well-written. The dialogue is indeed superb... and it is funny for like 98% of the play. But the ending will mess with you. Read it if you enjoy comedies with a horrible [yet sadly true] ending." (Bryan Stubbles, New Play Exchange, 2018)
POISONED APPLES - 2F. One-Act (10 min), Two old women plan an unforgettable Halloween celebration for the children in their neighborhood.
- "I love POOR BASTARD and looking forward to seeing it again today. I'm forever a Daniel Guyton fan!" (Tanya Freeman, GOOD Works Theatre Festival, 2013)
- Finalist for the Best Actor Award (Ian Ramsey) from AudioverseAwards.net, 2016
- "I just wanted to let you know that the play recordings went really well and that [POISONED] APPLES went down with great delight. [It] was absolutely delicious to hear." (Jon Coupe, Blackwell Playhouse, 2015)
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