The Guyton Bookshop
The Twisted Mind of Daniel Guyton (Poetry and Plays in the Dark
Comedy Vein) - Published by Lulu.com, 2009. ISBN
9780557070138. Features the following plays: Spat!; Milo &
Barbara; Georgie Gets a Facelift; Attic; I'm Not Gay!; Romance is
Dead; A Friend to All the Little Guys; In the Shadow of a War;
You Trippin?; Father and Son; Half-Wit; Boys Night In; Got
Change for a Two? and the following poems: Cold; Abandoned;
Waking Up Abandoned; Here, You Laughing; Black Death and
Puppy Love; Unrelenting; Waking Up; Man of War; Finding the
Ignition; Family Ties; Consolation Prize; Beauty; Good Times
Go; and Mary's Song.
"Excellent author, love his work. Different books and plays
truly have different personalities built into them." - Review
on Amazon.com, 2011
The Mother of God Visits Hell - Published by Lulu.com, 2009.
ISBN 9780557068609. THE MOTHER OF GOD VISITS HELL is
a full-length poetic drama/comedy about the Virgin Mary. It is
written in iambic pentameter, and based on a poem described
in "The Brothers Karamazov" by F. Dostoyevsky, in which the
Virgin Mary travels to hell to comfort the souls in torment.
While there, she becomes so moved by their plight that she
pleads with God to forgive them. When he refuses, a war
erupts between Heaven and Hell, as the two forces battle over
good and evil...
"THE MOTHER OF GOD VISITS HELL" by Daniel Guyton... is
tightly structured with an amazing premise... The story
captivates you, it has a premise that is delectable to the nth
degree." (What the Butler Saw theatre website, 2009)
Where's Julie? - Published by Lulu.com, 2009. ISBN
9780557082728. WHERE'S JULIE? is a full-length comedy
about a 15-year old runaway who contemplates abortion. It's
hilarious! Mature audiences only.
Winner of the Kennedy Center/ACTF New Play Award, 2001.
Winner of the Northwest Zone High School Drama Festival's Best
Production, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Sound
Awards in 2008 (BC, Canada).
"I'll never forget seeing WHERE'S JULIE?... The Nintendo
plugged into nothingness, the audience, the involvement of
the Stage Crew and their Romeo and Juliet, the Catholic
guilt. It took me back to being a kid in the 80s in a creepy,
discomforting, and revelatory way." (Ryan Wilson, UGA,
I'm Not Gay! - Published by Lulu.com, 2009. ISBN
9780557092475. A dark satire on homophobia, I'M NOT GAY!
explores Gary's homophobic prejudices in one of the funniest
and most shocking tragedies of all time. Revered and reviled by
critics across the globe, this play nearly caused someone to
choke to death on opening night in Iceland. Some say it was
from laughter. Others say it was the bile in the back of her
throat. Regardless, you'll never forget the experience as Gary
tries to prove how "not gay" he truly is. Mature audiences only.
Winner of the Best Comedy Award from the Author's Playhouse
New Author Festival in 2005.
"A brilliant play about all the hypocrisy about homo-
sexualism (sic) and people either loved it or hated it... just
as it should be." (Gudmundur Ingi Thorvalds- son, Theatre
Attic - Published by Original Works Publishing, 2005. ATTIC is
a dark, poetic journey into the mind of an unstable young man
as he returns home to the family he once tried to destroy.
Written partially in verse, and partially in prose, in a style that
Edgar Allan Poe would approve of.
Winner of the Kennedy Center/ACTF Short Play Award; 2004.
"This is the most innovative, original play I've ever seen
from a college student." (Gary Garrison, executive director
of the Dramatists Guild, 2004)
"Darkly funny and emotionally raw... Directing [ATTIC] was
one of the highlights of my theatrical career. This is a dark,
yet moving play that can be taken in many interesting
directions by an intelligent and creative cast. It's deep, with
a lot of facets, so have fun with it! (Greg Campbell, Incumbo
Theatre Company, 2012)
Death of a Snowman - Published by Heuer Publishing, 2009.
DEATH OF A SNOWMAN is a 10-Minute comedy about a young
girl and her snowman, discussing the afterlife together.
Winner of the GottaGo.us "Favorite of the Evening" Award, 2009
"[Michal] Shelton and Amanda Lynn Meyer team up nicely in
Death of a Snowman, a poignant moment between a girl who has
lost her mother and her snowman, who explains the circle of life
in the coolest way possible." (Elizabeth Musgrave, GottaGo.us,
"Best of the bunch is Daniel Guyton’s Death of a Snowman, in
which actor Michael Shelton gives the best performance I’ve seen
from him (and I’ve seen some fine ones) as a snowman discussing
life and death with a young girl (Amanda Lynn Meyer)." (Lou
Harry, Indianapolis Business Journal, 2009)
Desert Road's One Acts of Note 2008 - Published by Desert Road
Publishing, 2009. An anthology of one act plays from the West
Coast to the East Coast, including my play GEORGIE GETS A
FACELIFT, along with plays by Scott Brooks, Christine Emmert,
George Freek, David Miguel Estrada, Gerry Sheridan, Olivia
Arieti, Bill Mesce Jr, Carol Schlanger, Walter Dalton, Brendan
Andolsek Bradley, Jonson Kuhn & Ariel Marks.
Cherry Poppin' Plays 2009 - Published by Alive Theatre,
2009. The one-act plays in this collection were first performed as
part of Alive Theatre’s second annual Cherry Poppin’ Play
Festival. The six plays within this collection are as diverse as they
are wild, ranging from a modern Mystery Play written completely
in verse to a rock and roll quest through the desert to find the
world’s tallest volcano. Whatever you're looking for in a new play,
you'll probably find it here. But please don't ask about the bear.
Includes my play THE MOTHER OF GOD VISITS HELL, along
with plays by Anthony Cretara, Jasper Oliver, David Lawson, Cort
Brinkerhoff, Aaron Von Geem, and Ryan McClary.
Quick and Painless Volume I - Published by Original Works
Publishing, 2005. An outstanding collection of 10 minute comedies
featuring my play SPAT!, along with plays by Jay Hanagan, Greg
Vovos, Jeffrey B. Teitler, Mark Aloysius Kenneally, Jason Aaron
Goldberg, Edward J. Thomas, Matt Casarino, Daniele Nathanson,
Jacquelyn Floyd, Tony Foster, and Tom Swimm.
Best Student One-Acts Volume 7 - Published by Dramatic Publishing
Company, 2002. This collection presents the winners of the 2001
Kennedy Center / ACTF one-act play competition. It features my
play WHERE'S JULIE?, along with plays by Diana Polatin, Betsy
Breitanbach, Brad Stoller, Michael O'Brien, Amy Lanasa, Todd
McCullough, and Jason D. Martin.
52 Monologues for Grown-Ups (And College Kids) - Published by
Lulu.com, 2012. ISBN 9781105806155. A collection of funny,
dark, and disturbing monologues by Daniel Guyton. Perfect for
actors, students, and actors pretending to be students. Some
monologues may not be suitable for children under 17.
"This little gem will liven up your stable of monologues.
They are different,funny, twisted, and fresh. Be sure and
read all of them... not just the ones marked for women or
men... make your own decision about which you can do. As
an older actor, I sometimes find it hard to find suitable
monologues for me. This little gem of a book will open up
your choices in a delightful way." (Margaret Thon, 2012)
How I Met Your Santa - Published by Heuer Publishing, 2012.
HOW I MET YOUR SANTA is a 10-Minute Christmas
monologue about how Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus first met, as
told from Mrs. Claus' perspective.
Winner of the GottaGo.us "Favorite of the Evening" Award, 2011
"Rocking into the Gotta Go spotlight this week is Gayle
Steigerwald in "HOW I MET YOUR SANTA," the tale of [Mrs.
Claus'] first meeting with Saint Nick... It is no surprise that
this piece earns the Gotta Go "favorite of the evening" award
once I realized... it had been written by Daniel Guyton. You'll
remember Guyton receiving my "favorite of the evening" in
2009... with "Death of a Snowman." Guyton brings tender,
real moments to the stage without slipping down the
too-much slope." (Elizabeth J Musgrave, GottaGo.us, 2011)
Rebel Without a Claus - Published by Heuer Publishing, 2012.
REBEL WITHOUT A CLAUS is a 10-Minute Christmas play
about how Mrs. Claus almost married Arthur Claus, Santa's
rebellious older brother.
"I absolutely love this piece... I truly think REBEL WITHOUT
A CLAUS is... one of the strongest and most memorable shows
of the evening." (Sylvia Veith, Onstage Atlanta, 2011)
Rosie, the Retired Rockette - Published by Heuer Publishing, 2012.
ROSIE, THE RETIRED ROCKETTE is a 10-Minute play about
86-year old Rosie, who lives in a nursing home, but still thinks
she's back in her fabulous Rockette days. When her family
comes to visit, chaos ensues.
"I love it. It's just a lovely piece of black humor, yet
heartwarming, and real. It's edgy, and sweet and funny... and
a bit warped." (CJ Ehrlich, Playwrights' Binge, 2011)
"I saw your play in the Estrogenius Festival... It was GREAT! I
took a friend of mine and she also LOVED your play. So
moving and also funny. We were both in tears at the end."
(Vanessa Shealy, Emerging Artists' Theatre, 2013)
InterJACtions: Monologues at the Heart of Human Nature, Volume
II - Published by JAC Publishing, 2012. A collection of
monologues, including my one-man play PICTURES ON THE
INTERNET. Also features authors Rhea MacCallum, Martha
Patterson, Arthur M Jolly, Kevin Six, JulieAnn Charest Govang,
Thomas Ferguson, Michael Weems, Victor Bravo and many more.
Georgie Gets a Facelift - Published by Original Works Publishing,
2013. GEORGIE GETS A FACELIFT is a 10-Minute play about a
young man who tries to commit suicide, but an accidental murder
puts things in perspective. Very funny. Mature audiences only.
Finalist in the Kennedy Center/ACTF Region IV 10-Minute Play
Finalist in the Time to Strike Short Play Festival, 2012
Semi-Finalist in the Strawberry One-Act Festival, 2005
"Can suicide, serial murder and a [dead] girl scout be funny? Hell
yeah, as proven by Daniel Guyton's tarpit-dark comedy GEORGIE
GETS A FACELIFT... The beauty lies in the writing, which is
snappy, succinct and original... The opening scene in Georgie is
comic gold, and the closing line... could not be more perfect."
(Mark Lowry, Theatre Jones, 2010)
Romance is Dead - Published by Original Works Publishing, 2013.
ROMANCE IS DEAD is a 10-Minute monologue about a medical
school examiner who sleeps with his cadavers. Very dark
comedy. Mature audiences only.
"Extremely well-written and deplorably funny." (Geri
Albrecht, Heuer Publishing, 2007)
"[ROMANCE IS DEAD] is wonderful. I feel that it is one of the
strongest pieces in the [Grand Guignol Festival]." (Ravyn
Jazper-Hawke, Third Eye Theatre, 2011)
"I've read Dan's play and it's sick. And very, very good. I wish
I'd written it." (Mark Cornell, Playwrights' Binge, 2012)
"Thanks for writing such an awesome piece. I've had a great
time with this role and I haven't been this excited about an
opening night in a long time. It's stuff like this that made me
fall in love with acting in the first place." (Charlie Pierce,
Third Eye Theatre, 2011)
Spat! - Published by Original Works Publishing, 2013. SPAT! is a
10-Minute comedy about a love triangle between a husband, a
wife, and an illegal immigrant. Very funny! Mature audiences
"Just saw two hilarious Dan Guyton comedies, SPAT! and DON
WANNABE, which were produced in DISJOINTED [LOVE]
SHORTS at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory in NYC. They
took me back to some gut wrenching laughter at the Last
Frontier Fringe [Festival] in June, courtesy of Dan's
deliciously dark sense of humor... Paco got big laughs in
SPAT! And the guy playing Don in DON WANNABE was very
funny, he had a young Orson Welles persona and delivery."
(Jeff Stolzer, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, 2013)
Monologues from The Last Frontier Theatre Conference: The Best
of the 2009-2012 Monologue Workshop - Published by Focus
Publishing, 2013. The book contains 64 monologues designed
specifically for use in the audition process. These monologues
were derived from the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, one of
the longest running theater conferences of its kind, held every
year in Valdez, Alaska from 2009 to 2012. Includes monologues
by Daniel Guyton, Barry Levine, Jennifer Williams, Kevin Six,
Nicholas Walker Herbert, Elena Hartwell, Ron Pullins, Erica
Silberman, Tom Moran, Eoin Carney, Joe Barnes, Jeanne
Beckwith and many more.
Daffodils - Published by Lulu.com, 2013. ISBN 9781300956822.
DAFFODILS is a 10-Minute play (drama) about a young man
and his fiance coming to grips with their tragic pasts, as they
move forward into their future together.
WINNER of the AuditionArt.com Best Female Monologue
Award for "Rain's Monologue", 2013
"I could hear Rain's voice and cadence so clearly that it was
like re-living a conversation I'd had or heard. I was in tears
by the time I was half way through it." (Maggie O'Brien,
Columbus State Community College, 2013)
Mrs. Claus Gets Menopause - Published by ArtAge Publications,
2013. MRS. CLAUS GETS MENOPAUSE is a 10-Minute play
about Mrs. Claus' biological "changes" on the night before
Christmas. To say this affects Santa's plans is an undestatement!
Semi-Finalist in the Minnesota Shorts Festival of Plays, 2012
"Your plays were the best at Christmas Shorts. Enjoyed them
with an oversold-out house today!." (Mark Cole, Onstage
Abandoned - Published by The Feral Press, 2013. This is a poetry
chapbook featuring four of my poems, including "Abandoned",
"Cold", "Unrelenting", and "Waking Up Abandoned". All four
are poems formed into various shapes that resemble the content
of the piece.
Hilarious Nightmares - Published by Next Stage Press, 2013. A
collection of 8 dark comedy one-acts, including Georgie Gets a
Facelift, Spat!, Father and Son, I'm Not Gay!, and more! These
shows will terrify you, make you laugh, and might even make
you cry - all at the same time. Experience murderous
confessions, romances gone wrong, and dreadful deeds aplenty.
Find out why critics have called these plays "Tarpit-dark
comedy", "Delightfully perverse" and "Morally repugnant."
These dark comedies are sure to delight, offend, and most of
"No one does wonderfully dark, disturbing, character driven
shows like Daniel Guyton." (Gene Kato, Next Stage Press,
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)
The Best American Short Plays 2012-13 - Published by Applause
Theatre & Cinema Books, 2014. ISBN 9781480361744. Features
my play THE GRIM RAPER, along with ____ other plays by
authors such as: (TBA)