Romance is Dead
A One-Man Play by Daniel Guyton ©2004

What critics have said:

"Extremely well-written and deplorably funny." (Geri Albrecht, Heuer Publishing, 2007)

"Your show 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)

"The actor who is doing
ROMANCE [IS DEAD] is an old friend of mine... I sent him a copy of the script.
He loved it! I forgot how twisted his sense of humor is. He is doing amazing things with the script and we
are both enjoying the rehearsal process." (Deborah Smola, Black Sheep Theatre Ensemble, 2013)

ROMANCE [IS DEAD] and [THE SINS OF] REBETHANY [CHASTAIN] are some fine pieces of
dark comedy! Thank you for your twisted mind! Haha! I say that with the utmost respect and love." (Diane
Mashia, Black Sheep Theatre Ensemble, 2013)

"'Half a dozen corpses. Where do I find the stamina?"... Romance may be dead, but hilarity is alive and
well in this beyond-the-Pale messed up offering from playmaster Guyton. Reckon it's the first necrophilia
comedy I've read...will it be the last?" (Bryan Stubbles,
New Play Exchange, 2018)

"I am playing Bainsbridge in the Black Sheep Theater (Rochester, NY) production of
. Love the piece - very funny and challenging... Getting deeper and deeper into this intense role... I
love the role and the audience seemed to enjoy it very much (they laughed in all the right places, and
seemed creeped out in certain parts - exactly what you intended, I believe)." (Dan Plumeau, Black Sheep
Theatre Ensemble, 2013)

"Daniel, I have to tell you, I absolutely love "
ROMANCE IS DEAD" and Tony [Yajko] loved it too.
Definitely one to shoot for, for "Tales From the Script" come Halloween season!" (Mickey Ray, Darkhorse
Dramatists, 2015)

ROMANCE IS DEAD, a monologue about 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." (Michael Weems, Next Stage Press, 2015)

Production History:

-Produced at
The University of Georgia in 2004
-Published in
The Twisted Mind of Daniel Guyton (Poetry & Plays in the Dark Comedy Vein), 2009
-Produced by
Third Eye Theatre as part of the Grand Guignol Festival in Portland, OR, 2011
-Performed at
Collaborations Atlanta in Atlanta, GA, 2011
-Produced at the
Emerging Artist Theatre's One Man Talking Festival, 2012
-Staged Reading at the
Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK, 2012
-Published by
Original Works Publishing in 2013
-Published by
Next Stage Press as part of Hilarious Nightmares in 2013
-Produced by the
Black Sheep Theatre Coalition in Rochester, NY, 2013
Romance Is Dead