Bedford's Sty
BEDFORD'S STY - 3M. One-Act (20 min), A grown man named Bedford refuses
to clean up his bedroom - even when a ghost tells him he has to!

"By far the most entertaining night of theater I have seen at the Alley [Theater]...
BEDFORD'S STY... brought the classic Vincent Price films to mind... It explores
the hell we create for ourselves. This play has taken elements of comedy and
thrown in moments of psychological thrills and created a piece that culminates not
only the collection of plays within "Bits and Pieces" but also the entire Inhuman
Festival occurring at the Alley Theater." (Kate Barry,, 2013)

"By turns twisted, surreal, cruel and hysterical, Guyton pulls out all the stops to
craft a bizarre, fourth wall-breaking tale that came from the simplest origins."
(Todd Ziegler,, 2013

BEDFORD'S STY by Daniel Guyton closed out the evening. Bedford's father has
died and left his 4-year-old child into the care of Lucas, a sadistic money-grubbing
cousin who, in fact, murdered Bedford's father. Meanwhile, the father has turned
into the living room, yes, the living room. The first time he/it talks to Bedford,
Bedford -- who is played by a rather large actor -- is so startled that he makes an
amazingly high and graceful leap over a piece of furniture. The fourth wall is
broken several times with good effect in this play, and there are wonderful
surprises involving Bedford's toys and later, arsenic." (Nancy Gall-Clayton,
Playwright's Binge, 2013)

"Reading through over 50 scripts for a festival of new plays,
standout from the first read. Daniel takes a clever turn of phrase and turns it into
a gleefully malevolent revenge tale. Every escalation of the action makes you
wonder what will happen next. Not only was it a standout from the first read, it
was a clearly the closer for a fun, twisted evening of theater." (Todd Ziegler, Alley
Theatre, 2015)

"Thank you for the privilege to work on
BEDFORD'S STY... At first I was a little
leery , but it is fast becoming a favorite." (Dawn Shipley, Third Eye Theatre, 2012)

      "Cream of the crop - imaginative, macabre, exciting!" (Todd Zeigler, Alley
       Theatre, 2013)

BEDFORD'S STY by Daniel Guyton is a thriller about what
      happens when Bedford, a disabled man, and his caregiver...
      realize the past while cleaning his room." (Cosette Brown,
      Third Eye Theatre, 2012)

      "Jack [Wells] is one of the most talented actresses I have ever
 watched. She did such a great job as Bedford in
Grand Guignol 4: Psychosis!" (Heather Stueck, Third Eye Theatre, 2012)

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

BEDFORD'S STY I thought was brilliant. I want to get this into one of our
productions in the future... Mickey, myself and the other members of the group
are all big fans of your work!" (Tony Yajko, Darkhorse Dramatists, 2016)

"Daniel Guyton’s
BEDFORD'S STY directed by the playwright - Think of it as a
short, punchy gloss on
Hamlet, with Matthew Carter Jones as the nefarious
Claudius (here named Lucas); Josh Vining as his conflicted nephew (here named
Bedford instead of Hamlet, and coming across as dim and childish, in a sort of
comical take on
Hamlet’s scenes of feigned craziness, although Bedford doesn’t
seem to be feigning much); and Mike Carroll as the voice of the living room, here
standing in for the ghost of Hamlet’s murdered father. It was wacky and comic in
performance, and included bits of audience participation that truly captured the
imaginations of all viewers. With memorable performances all around, it was a
satisfying finish to an evening of uneven entertainment." (Playgoer,, 2017)

-Produced by Third Eye Theatre in Portland, OR, 2012
-Produced by the
Alley Theatre in Louisville, KY, 2013
-Produced by
Mostly Harmless in Albany, NY, 2013
-Published by
Next Stage Press as part of Hilarious Nightmares, 2013
-Produced by
Darkhorse Dramatists in Binghamton, NY, 2017
-Produced by
Onstage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA, 2017

Review by Kate Barry of (2013)
Interview by Todd Ziegler of the Alley Theatre (2013)
Newspaper article by Aaron Spencer of The Willamette Week (2012)
Review by Playgoer of (2017)