Experiencing Interruptions?


A manic playwright returns home to face their crumbling relationships and discover the cost of getting into the limelight.

  • Allison Dayne
  • Allison Dayne
  • Milton McMillan
  • Paula Wallace
  • Tiffani Taylor
  • James Carey
  • Antwan Flowers
  • Kyael Moss
  • Allison Dayne
  • Chris Hoffman
  • Aaron Smith
  • James Carey
  • Allison Dayne
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    "Alex "
  • Elizabeth Gibbs
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  • Collin Shephard
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  • James Carey
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  • Elizabeth Howard
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  • Kyael Moss
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  • Lainie Smith
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  • Jovan Christopher Davis
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    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 21 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 2, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Allison Dayne

Allison Dayne is an actor, writer and director from Boise, Idaho.
She/they attended Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah where they received a BFA in Performing Arts. During their education, they started their own production company, “Leading Ladies,” where they wrote original plays and partnered with local non-profits such as the Rape Recovery Center, Suicide Hotline and Domestic Violence Coalition. Dayne went on to obtain an MFA in Writing and Performing Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
Dayne was selected for SCAD’s Atelier writing residency and the Second City Comedy Studies program in Chicago where they created an original theory of comedy and presented it at a Ted-X event hosted by Westminster College’s Thinks Big program.
Dayne went on to write, direct and perform in Unrequited: A Chekovian Collision. This play won the Atlanta Fringe Festival Critics Choice Award and is currently in negotiations to premiere in regional theaters.
Having modeled in Dubai and around the United States, they were able to fearlessly immerse themself into different communities and cultures, giving them a broader understanding of the world.
Dayne’s main goal in life is create new works that spark change, encourage laughter and provoke thought on critical issues in society today.

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Director Statement

I wrote and directed Madly for all the artists who lost their livelihood and passion during the pandemic. Before the pandemic I was diagnosed with a rare blood disease and lost sight in my left eye from a car accident. Didn’t see that coming, did ya?

I’m a leader and believer that you can create even under extreme circumstances.
Madly was originally a play that was going to be showcased for several casting directors, directors, and artistic leaders. I saw this as a huge stepping stone. It was canceled two weeks before the premiere due to Covid-19. I was at a loss. I lost loved ones, fellow actors and friends from Covid-19. As I sat in my apartment I knew it was my goal to direct a feature film that captured my take on Anton Chekhov.

I pitched the idea to Savannah College of Art & Design for help in producing Madly and therefore be the country's first feature film produced by a film school. I emailed, I hustled and I begged as an unknown director usually does. SCAD agreed to help co-produce the film.

I have been on the fringe of society most of my life. I knew a fresher take on Anton Chekhov's The Seagull would speak to artists of today. The Seagull saved my life as a young artist. The idea that you need to escape your own toxic cycle is brilliant. You have the power to either escape or accept your mental illness. I know in my heart that our story will change lives and hopefully spark inspiration for others to create their own story.

Financially, I was not sure what would be entailed to create my vision. I worked nine jobs around the Atlanta area and saved every penny to create this film. I still doubt people will believe this feature was made for 15K. I needed to make this film like a Phoenix needs to rise from their own ashes. The story has a fresh take, a diverse cast, and blunt commentary on theatre in today’s society.

Our crew was made by many of the most talented artists in the Atlanta, GA area. We created this film because it was the crew and casts first feature film. We banded together like thieves in the night with sweat and passion. Antwan Flowers, my Director of Photography, understood this 20 something year old artist needed to create this piece. He framed my imaginary poetry with precision and poignant knowledge. This is a stepping stone for a greater tomorrow in my eyes. My cast would ask me specific questions on sub-text and character arcs to give justice to this script. James Carey mentored and co-directed this film with strength and love.

As an artist who has gone to hell and back to create this film, I hope this inspires people who have lost their way in life. To get back out there. To be brave. I am blind in one eye and demanded myself to not give up. This film is my love letter to artists. My community has struggled. I want to show we are not forgotten or alone.

This is a calling card for anyone who has struggled mentally, financially, or emotionally to see that this cast and crew dared to be different. We dared to dream. But more importantly we dared to not give up and humbly show you our film. May I present to you…Madly.

~ Allison Dayne