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WBEZ: Inside the strange and universal art of the 'silent musical'

By Julia Binswanger

June 8, 2023

Marvin Quijada’s whole body fills with electricity as he jumps out of a vertical bed on the stage of the Chopin Theater in Chicago’s West Town. In the dreamworld that he has created in an otherwise small theater, he grins from ear to ear, signals delight through spirit fingers, looks wide-eyed at his new surroundings — and doesn’t say a word.

Quijada, 41, has spent the past decade creating and pitching his silent musical, The Dream King, which runs through June 18. The musical, which he stars in, promises to be one of the more unique pieces of theater on Chicago stages this summer.

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