PLAY the movie!

Hello everyone!  Here's some information about our upcoming film! Make sure you scroll all the way down for info on the super awesome swag you can get when you donate!!

Written by Brian McKnight
Directed by Dan Foley and Raphael Schwartzman

Sonja, a Chicago playwright, and Jack, her actor boyfriend, invite close friends to their apartment for a table read of her first play in three-years. Anticipation turns comically awkward wher her ex, Stanley, a successful Chicago director, arrives to offer his opinion of her new play, which may reveal more secrets than the playwright herself intended.

Kristin Mann (Sonja), Cory O'Brian(Jack), Rachel Silvert (Emily), Vinny Greco (Bernie), Shiv Mann (Mike), John Cook ( Stanley) and Anna Michal Paul (Ilsa)

Will Courson (Assistant Director), Matthew DeFiore (Sound Designer), Kyle Encinas (Fight Choreographer), Dan Foley (Producer, Director, Director of Photography), Mikala Francini (Script Supervisor), Jenny Hogan (Casting Director), Josh Leeper(PA), Matthew Lightfoot (Lighting Designer), James Newton (Music Composer), Raphael Schwartzman (Director), Rachel Silvert (Producer), Griffin Sims (Sound Designer), Mindi Umbrell (Costume Designer), Lisa VanAusdall (Art Designer, PA)

About BYOT Productions:
BYOT Productions (BYOT stands for Bring Your Own Theatre) is a Chicago-based theater company.   We pride ourselves on providing an inclusive, hands-on atmosphere in which emerging theater artists can experiment with, and cultivate, their craft.  Over the past two years, BYOT Productions has provided the north side of Chicago with a monthly 24-hr theater festival, in which we write, cast, rehearse and perform 5 brand new plays within 24 hours.   PLAY will be BYOT Productions' first short film.  Find out more info about BYOT Productions at our website

Interview with the screenwriter: Brian McKnight

PLAY - Q&A #1

PLAY - Q&A #2

PLAY - Q&A # 3


AS A THANK YOU we have awesome swag for all our donors!

Donations of any size will get your name in the credits.


Access to the the DONORS ONLY newsletter containing exclusive Behind The Scenes footage of the production as it unfolds! With things like

-The full interview with Brian McKnight
-Interviews with the cast and crew
-Aerial timelapse of the set and lighting design
-Aerial timelapse of the blocking
-Aerial timelapse of rehersal
-Aerial timelapse of each day of shooting
-A BTS look at the editing process
-Things we havent even thought of yet!

WAIT! There is more!

We have swag, glorious swag! Swag we worked hard to design in order to show the extent of our gratitude for your help in funding this project! After you make a donation you'll recieve a thankyou email with instrusctions on how to let us know what swag you want.

We are so happy to share this project with you all. 

We can't thank you enough for your support!



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