Hilarious Nightmares by Daniel Guyton
A collection of eight 10-Minute Plays with a darkly comedic twist. Includes the titles "Georgie Gets a Facelift", "Romance is Dead", "Bedford's Sty", "Milo & Barbara", "Spat!", "Father and Son", "I'm Not Gay!", and "The Sins of Rebethany Chastain". These shows will terrify you, make you laugh, and might even make you...
A collection of eight 10-Minute Plays with a darkly comedic twist. Includes the titles "Georgie Gets a Facelift", "Romance is Dead", "Bedford's Sty", "Milo & Barbara", "Spat!", "Father and Son", "I'm Not Gay!", and "The Sins of Rebethany Chastain". These shows will terrify you, make you laugh, and might even make you cry - all at the same time. Come hear murderous confessions, romances gone wrong, and dreadful deeds aplenty. These dark comedies are sure to delight, offend, and most of all entertain!
Published by Next Stage Press. The full collection can be purchased here: www.amazon.com/dp/1940865387.
"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)
"Daniel Guyton's script is a riot to interpret and perform. I really hope you'll come and see just how awesome HILARIOUS NIGHTMARES is!" (Rich Sagendorf, Mostly Harmless Productions, 2013)
"At last, the canon expands to include your astonishing bizarre hilarious work - congrats!" (Mark Muro, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, 2013)
"If you like your literature offensive, humorous, biting, and truly entertaining, while being emotionally moving, poignant, and with a strong message, then Hilarious Nightmares is for you. This is a great collection of short plays, and while they will most likely shock and offend you, they all have such meaningful social commentary. Think something along the lines of South Park, except on stage. If you don't enjoy crass humor or have an open mind, this may not be the read for you. If however, you're looking for something new and exciting, pick this up! Dan Guyton is a gifted author, and so unique among the playwright community!" (Richard Sagendorf, Mostly Harmless Productions, 2015)
"Awesome show! Funny, edgy, even spiritual! I was almost offended!" (Brian Toal, Mostly Harmless Productions, 2013)
"I love everything by this talented writer and this was no exception! Well done, well written and well played! I love Guyton's sense of humor!" (Nancy Powell, Onstage Atlanta, 2015)
"Such an amazing collection of one acts. These plays are perfect for pushing the envelope while busting a gut from laughter. After you read them, you'll be looking for a stage to perform them. True brilliance." (Ron Michaud, Amazon Review, 2015)
"Aside from just being a fun read, there are two good reasons to purchase HILARIOUS NIGHTMARES. First off, Guyton has written and published a lot of plays and this collection is a very good introduction to his quirky style. His writing is at once funny, disturbing and more than just a little twisted. Secondly, if you're looking to produce a short play, say 15 minutes or less, and you want to find a unconventional comedy that leaves you feeling a bit uncomfortable (and maybe somewhat offended), you'll find it in this collection. Guaranteed. Read the first play in this collection, 'Georige Gets a Facelift', about a suicidal young man, and you will immediately see what sort of a ride you are in for. It's not going to be for all tastes, but if you enjoy it, the good news is that seven more plays follow! And if you enjoy this collection you'll probably want to purchase a few more of Guyton's plays." (Rand Higbee, Playwright, 2015)
"We really love your stuff. Do you have possibly eight or ten 10 minute pieces that are comedies? We were thinking maybe of doing a Guyton festival... rather than getting a bunch of others... Just wondering." (Bryan Rasmussen, Whitefire Theatre, 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. There's a tooth fairy. And stage guns. And it's just good, alright? So no excuses. 8pm... Be there, or be not as cool as I thought you were." (Rich Sagendorf, Mostly Harmless Productions, 2013)
"Didn't like it, LOVED it - very talented man you are!" (Maria Bianchi, Mostly Harmless, 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)
"It's a great collection! Truly great!" (Gene Kato, Next Stage Press, 2015)
"This collection of short plays is totally delightful. I've never seen any of their (many) productions - as indicated in the text - but it's easy to visualize them on stage. They are marvelously theatrical. Just as important, I think, they are very well-crafted. And absolutely "hilarious" - that's not an exaggeration. And neither is the term "nightmares." These are dark comedies, but not that dark. There's a real heart behind the outlandish comedy. Well worth reading - and producing - if you enjoy intelligent entertainment." (Bruce Bonafede, Amazon Review, 2016)
"Just had a chance to catch up on Daniel Guyton's HILARIOUS NIGHTMARES. In Daniel Guyton’s HILARIOUS NIGHTMARES, a set of eight separate plays, Guyton plays with both of the title words cleverly as he presents stories ranging from macabre, funny, honest, and disturbing to the audience with no filter in place. With careful exploration of absurdity mixed in with every day characters who we most likely we would not notice, he creates a dynamically dramatic world, one in which the audience and reader will be barely able to process the whirlwind of the previous play’s events before they are smacked in the face once again.-- In the worlds he creates, Guyton chooses characters who are often living in extremes. His Georgie, from 'Georgie Gets a Facelift', is a pushed too far man on the brink, almost talked down from the proverbial ledge by his kind to a fault mother. We see a slow burn of a connection established between his mother’s maternal nature, the trauma she’s experienced, and how it has in turn shaped Georgie. Her final sacrifice is a tragically honest twist in line with the only way she can carry on. -- 'Milo and Barbara' provides a darkly humorous twist on what happens when a married man takes on a new lover – theatre. Milo’s acting bug is steeped in fervency and short-sightedness, a flaw which ultimately sends Milo orbiting back to earth. Here, Milo’s blind ambition combined with Barbara’s voice of reason clash, but Guyton refuses to end this play with a nice little bow. -- In 'I’m Not Gay!', a short vignette taking place in a New York City building, Guyton’s Gary takes a thinly veiled approach at all questions on gay sex which seem to have haunted him for longer than we can tell. The pay-off is well done, allowing Gary to return to his repressed mindset and catapulting him to what we imagine is his next disastrous encounter. -- 'Father and Son' provides another morbidly funny take on generational differences, as told between God and Jesus as they hear countless prayers and see God take a defeated approach towards what he has created. Guyton again tacks a tragic and sobering button to the play’s end, a clever moment slightly obscured by his clever banter throughout. -- 'Romance is Dead', a monologue by 50-year-old Dr. Edward Bainsbridge, tips the scales towards the recently incarcerated Bainsbridge honestly tells of his perversion and how he slowly developed his need for this connection. The play brings to mind Neil Labute’s Wrecks in both tone, color, and effectiveness of balancing past and present within a lengthy monologue. -- 'Spat!' opens as a highly volatile, explosive argument between Mark and Wanda. Divided between a few scenes and flashback moments, and nicely softened with the comedic Paco, the play explores a couple’s inability to co-exist and the ways they find validation for their self and most base needs. -- 'The Sins of Rebethany Christian' provides a different tone than any seen yet in this collection, as we see Rebethany tell the hilariously tragic story of how a few small events can change one’s world entirely. This is written with a bit of southern trashy charm and filled with a wild warmth of description, character, and event. Rebethany is incredibly likable despite her flaws and reading this monologue made me want to see it on stage immediately. -- Guyton’s final play in the collection, 'Bedford’s Sty', functions as possibly his most disturbing, yet effective. Guyton’s use of absurdity hits its peak as a disabled young man, Bedford, is dually informed and enabled by the unseen voice in the living room to exact revenge upon his cousin, Lucas, for the deeds done to both of them. The ending is truly a chilling moment, particularly in the innocence of Bedford and allowing the audience and reader to see the future before he can. -- Guyton has created a small universe of dysfunction that exist in Hilarious Nightmares. Each story allows for moments of laughter, empathy, and deeper experiences of the relationships around us and the variety of forms they can take." (Michael Weems, Next Stage Press, 2015)