GEORGIE GETS A FACELIFT - 1M,2F. One-Act (15 min), A young man tries to kill himself
in this dark, disturbing comedy, but an accidental murder puts things into perspective. Mature
audiences only.


What critics have said:

"In Daniel Guyton's GEORGIE GETS A FACELIFT, the blackest of black comedies, the
suicide attempts of the title character (played by Joey Folsom) keep getting interrupted by the
telephone and the doorbell... Guyton's delightfully perverse script is the one that you'll
remember." (Lawson Taitte,
The Dallas Morning News, 2010)

"Dan Guyton’s
GEORGIE GETS A FACELIFT opens with an image that shouldn’t be as
funny as it is: a young man (Joey Folsom), pointing a gun into his own mouth. But thanks to
Folsom’s expert delivery and Lisa Anne Haram’s hilarious performance as his all-abiding
mother, this darkest-of-dark-comedies had the audience in stitches." (Will Arbery,
D Magazine,
2010)

"Can suicide, serial murder and a potty-mouthed 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)

"One of the best entries in the 2010 FIT (Festival)" (Mark Lowry,
Theatre Jones, 2011)

"This black comedy... is a tidy, tiny enterprise in delayed gratification, kind of like a Thurber
short story compared to a Faulkner novel. All the language and character and thematic depth
exist in both, just on a different scale... Impeccable timing by a tight, focused cast ensemble
with plenty of textural gravitas and dry comic delivery... This is exactly the sort of creative
endeavor that matches FIT’s mission and maintains a high level of artistic integrity. Joey
Folsom, in a surprising, clean-shaven, buttoned-down turn, helms the play with signature crisp
stage presence and distinctive voice. His lengthy, surreal, tender conversation with a dead body
is an acting high point for the entire Festival. Lisa Anne Haram creates a bizarre reality, as
horrifying as she is delicious to watch. Stephanie Hall masters the transitional arc [of] the
play... with outstanding physical acting; the... play relies almost entirely on her convincing
portrayal. And it works famously. Plan on being horrified, then amazed, then relieved; and
imagine James Thurber. It’s a strong start for novice director Chad Cline." (Alexandra
Bonifield,
Critical Rant & Rave, 2010)

"[Stephanie Hall's] physical comedy in this part – where she channels a rag doll – is hilarious.
In a festival well-known for minimalist sets, this one wins the prize for the most minimalist.
Ever. There is almost nothing to distract the viewer – all the attention and focus is on the three
actors." (Carol Anne Gordon,
Pegasus News, 2010)

"Just one more day in the life of a suicidal/homicidal maniac and his mother, this double bill
includes Dan Guyton’s
GEORGIE GETS A FACELIFT, a black comedy about an
underachieving momma’s boy with a vision and the girl scout who stands in his way." (David
Meglino,
FIT Festival Press Release, 2010)

"In
GEORGIE GETS A FACELIFT, a man is on the precipice of suicide until his mother
shows up and ends things with a bang." (Roxanne MacManus,
Willamette Week Online, 2010)

"
GEORGIE GETS A FACELIFT is a dramedy about a guy who loses his job, and about some
of the bad decisions he's made involving himself, his mother and a girl scout. Not like you’re
thinking, though." (Patricia Sindelar,
The Omaha Reader, 2009)

"[Eric] Grant-Leanna... stood out in the evening's first one-act entitled
GEORGIE GETS A
FACELIFT
, portraying a suicidal schlemiel." (Mark Robinson, Omaha Theater Examiner,
2009)

"The first offering,
GEORGIE GETS A FACELIFT by Daniel Guyton, gave Liz Mulhern a
chance to shine as an airhead mother pooh-poohing the problems of her suicidal and
psychopathic son." (Warren Francke,
The Omaha Reader, 2009)

"Haunting, poetic, beautiful and funny." (Brian Harris, Strawberry One-Act Festival award
winner, 2006)

"Wonderfully entertaining script." (Kurt Kleinmann, Pegasus Theatre, 2015)

"I loved this play." (Craig Bond, Shelterbelt Theatre, 2012)

"Incredible story, Daniel. I am proud to have been able to play a role in the Shelterbelt's
production of
GEORGIE, especially knowing that the play helped you express things through
humor that had been working on you for so long." (Liz Huse, Shelterbelt Theatre, 2015)

"From the short play by Daniel Guyton comes a slice from the worst day of George McCauley
Robertson's life. The recipe for this Black Comedy: manic depressive, suicidal, homicidal
college graduate + a fully loaded revolver + his Momma + a Girl Scout + Thin Mints. At the
heart this film is about a young man who has invested everything of himself in the American
Dream being slapped in the face with the reality that the American Dream is a lie. Hard work
and dedication don't get you much when you are a member of the expendable dwindling
middle class in modern America. GEORGIE GETS A FACELIFT tells the tale of how one
college graduate deals with being pushed too far and let down by his society. After successful
runs across the nation on stage, this "delightfully dark", "jaw dropping", "heartbreaking",
"relevant" story is being re-imagined for the screen." (Joey Folsom, Emotionalism Films,
2011)

"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." (Michael Weems, Next Stage Press, 2015)

"I'm an aspiring actor that relocated to New York to pursue a career in theatre, film and
television. I came across a monologue from your play
GEORGIE GETS A FACELIFT and I
must say that I was moved to tears after reciting it at home, each time. I would like to use this
monologue in the future." (Donte Smith, actor, 2016)

"I just have to tell you that reading your plays at night in bed next to [my husband] has led to
the most out loud hilarious laughter we have ever experienced in that venue!!! Seriously, great
stuff!!!" (Peg Thon, actress, 2016)

Production History:

-Produced at the Maureen Stapleton Theatre in Troy, NY, 2002
-Produced at
The University of Georgia in Athens, GA, 2003
-Performed at
Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, GA, 2003
-Produced by
The Incumbo Theater Company in Manhattan, NY, 2004
-Produced at
The Riant Theatre's Strawberry One-Act Festival in Manhattan, NY, 2005
-Performed on
Truth Unvarnished Lacquered Up Shiny (Verizon Public Access TV) in
Tampa, FL, 2007
-Produced by the
Shelterbelt Theatre in Omaha, NE, 2009
-Produced by
Third Eye Theatre in Portland, OR, 2010
-Produced by
The Pegasus Theatre in Dallas, TX, 2010
-Produced in
Time to Strike! Short Play Festival in Manhattan, NY, 2012
-Performed at
Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK, 2012
-Produced by
Mostly Harmless Productions in Schenectady, NY, 2013
-Produced at
Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Summer One Act Play Competition, 2015

Publicity:

Fund-Raising Page for the film adaptation by Emotionalism Films (2012)
Special Mention by Mark Lowry of Theatre Jones Magazine (2011)
Outstanding Performances of 2010 by Mark Lowry of Theatre Jones (2010)
Great Performers by Alexandra Bonifield of Critical Rant & Rave (2010)
Review by Lawson Taitte of The Dallas Morning News (2010)
Review by Will Arbery of D Magazine (2010)
Review by Mark Lowry of Theatre Jones Magazine (2010)
Review by Alexandra Bonifield of Critical Rant & Rave (2010)
Review by Carol Anne Gordon of Pegasus News (2010)
Press Release on the FIT Festival website in Dallas, TX (2010)
Review by Roxanne MacManus of Willamette Week Online (2010)
Review by Mark Robinson of Examiner.com (2009)
Review by Warren Francke of The Omaha Reader (2009)
Press Release by Patricia Sindelar of The Omaha Reader (2009)
Georgie Gets A Facelift
Staged Reading at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK, 2012