How Director Emmi Hilger is Growing the Canon of Magical Realism

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Emmi Hilger, Artistic Director of Something Marvelous

In this episode of The Scene my guest is Emmi Hilger, the artistic director of Something Marvelous, Chicago’s annual magical realism festival. Emmi is also an Artistic Associate with Fine Print Theatre Company and has directed for Stage Left, Chicago Dramatists, Collaboraction, the side project, 20% Theatre Company, Pegasus Theatre Chicago and others. Full disclosure, I am the company dramaturg for Something Marvelous, and she is a friend of mine, but I wanted to feature her work because I think what she has done with her festival to cultivate an underserved genre into a Chicago-wide event that features productions, workshops and other programming with companies around the city–and has directly received hundreds of script submissions from all over the world–is really a unique achievement.

About a year and a half ago before I had any involvement with the festival I interviewed Emmi for an article on nonrealistic theater, and for a while it was one of the most read pieces on the CFR, so I thought our readers would enjoy checking back in with her to hear how the festival has progressed and what she’s doing to build global interest in a genre that’s currently better known in literature than it is on stage.

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For more information on Something Marvelous’s upcoming production of Don’t Look by Gina Doherty, and to learn more about the festival, you can check out their 2016 season calendar. And for a special discount on tickets, you can use the code MODERNMYTH.

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Sean Douglass
Sean Douglass is the Managing Editor of The Clyde Fitch Report, as well as an author, playwright and dramaturg. He is the Company Dramaturg for Something Marvelous, Chicago's annual magical realism festival, and has previously worked at Northlight Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. His plays have been produced or developed at UW-Madison, The Vermont College of Fine Arts, The Chicago Fringe Festival, Luminous Theatre of Milwaukee, Something Marvelous, Chicago Dramatists and Stagecloud. He hosts the CFR's podcast The Scene and is also an arts writer for the digital news publication Rantt.