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It's “That Guy… Who Was in That Thing” meets "WTF" but with people even less well known! Sure it's fun to interview the crazy famous and ask them about the difficult years, but that's been done. Memories are plastic - we're getting the real dirt from people still crawling through it. Laura Scruggs is the playwright and Jake Scruggs is the technical guy who listens to a lot of “This American Life” and thinks that qualifies him to interview people.

Nov 10, 2014

Guest: Emmi Hilger


0:00:30 Fiftieth Episode, y'all!

0:00:55 Our guest this week is Emmi Hilger, multi-talented director.

0:02:11 The New York side is now recording… in the Naked Palace.

0:04:11 Bryn is spending "Lisa and Her Things" rehearsals playing with cheese

0:08:14 Nilsa is really finding the direction that her solo show is supposed to go

0:09:19 Laura experienced a really neat bit of kismet relating to "Punk Grandpa" 

0:11:40 Jake drops some incredibly exciting news for the Chicago side of the podcast!! Tune in and follow @jakescruggs on twitter for more awesomeness regarding the announcement!

0:13:24 Finally we start exploring Emmi's journey into directing!

0:20:49 Emmi shares her thoughts on personal transformation and Nilsa talks about how her approach to to business evolved.

0:24:10 Emmi and Laura discuss how they came to collaborate on "Punk Grandpa" 

0:31:55 Emmi asks Ni lea about where she is in her process with "The Care I Need"

0:36:40 Bryn asks Emmi what her greatest challenge was in directing Laura

0:41:17 Emmi discusses her approach to directing new works and her relationship to the playwright

0:46:25 References to Salvador Dali make Emmi hot:

0:56:25 On teaching preschoolers and trends in the Chicago Theatre scene

1:02:10 Emmi asks the group about networking when you feel like you don't have a big, flashy personality- the hosts all have thoughts on this 

1:08:50 Jake and Laura saw the Chicago leg of the Harmontown documentary tour and had great discussions with Dustin Marshall and fan favorite Spencer Crittenden. "Harmontown" should be already available for streaming.

1:12:21 Please donate to Emmi's festival!


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Outro Music: The Devil Is In The Beats


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