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Macabre-Cadabra
by
Daniel Guyton

The Story: A magician with a very dark secret receives an offer that he really should refuse.


Cast Size: 2M 1W
Running Time: 20 minutes
Royalty Rate: $15 per performance


Official Selection of the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK, in 2012

"A professional magician thought he had everything he ever wanted, until he gets a taste of the real thing. Will he choose tricks over treats? Or is he happy waving his wand and pulling out a rabbit? Find out in this inquisitive comedy/drama by Daniel Guyton, MACABRE-CADABRA! Just one of 7 delightful treats in our Halloween festival." (Press Release, Darkhorse Dramatists, 2013)

"I really like your dark, edgy humor in MACABRE-CADABRA... Your show was wonderful! The cast [was] so committed and... I could tell how truly delighted they all were to be on stage and part of it all." (Mary Steelsmith, Playwright's Binge, 2013)

"I read and watched your MACABRE-CADABRA. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very funny and well written. I loved the Faustian bargaining and your incarnation of the Mephistopheles character. I liked that the stakes go really high at points unexpected." (Karin Fazio Littlefield, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, 2012)

"We very much loved this piece, we especially loved the 'non happy ending' as it were. Easy to read and (I would think) watch if you want to just sit back and enjoy. But scratch a little, and there is a wonderful study of human nature... We had 94 submission and we short-listed 8 of those, so we felt that your piece was very, very strong." (John Jennings, Pop Culture Theatre, 2015)
Produced at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR, 2011
Staged Reading at Process Theatre's Play Day Read-A-Thon in Atlanta, GA, 2011
Produced by Onstage Atlanta as part of A Six Pack of One Acts in Atlanta, GA, 2013
Produced by Darkhorse Dramatists in Binghamton, NY, 2013
Excerpt published in InterJACtions: Monologues from the Heart of Human Nature, Vol. III, JAC Publishing, 2014
Published by Next Stage Press as part of Hilarious Nightmares 2, 2018
Excerpt produced at Samuel French's Hollywood Bookshop in Hollywood, CA, 2018
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