New American Folk Theatre



by Johnny Drago




Directed by Derek Van Barham



Carrie Campana, Jamal Howard,

Kirk Jackson, Caitlin Jackson, & Anthony Whitaker

April 11 - May 15
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 6pm
at The Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL)

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The Production Team includes Clint Greene (Set Designer), Liam Fitzgerald (Tech Director), Kate Setzer Kamphausen (Costume Designer), Julie Leghorn (Stage Manager), Kallie Rolison (Sound Designer), Cody Ryan (Lighting Designer), & Eric Shoemaker (Set Dresser/Props Designer).

About the Play

TRASH is the story of faded B-movie star Jinx Malibu, who has spent the last decade or so popping pills and hiding out in her wheelchair bound mother's, secluded, garbage-filled double-wide with her two children, older son Loogie and younger daughter Smudge. When a handsome stranger arrives from Hollywood, could it be her big chance at a comeback?

"Playwright Johnny Drago was introduced through a mutual friend and we are thrilled to get to bring Trash to Chicago," comments Co-Artistic Director Anthony Whitaker. "It's the perfect depiction of the pain brought on by finding fame and then trying to hold onto it. Sick and twisted with a heart of gold. Johnny and I both love and feel guilty watching reruns of The Anna Nicole Show so it was clear Trash was a perfect fit for our company."



Anthony Whitaker (Jinx Malibu/NAFT Co-Artistic Director) grew up in Greenville, SC, where,he began performing at age 10. Since leaving South Carolina, he has performed in Atlanta (Center Stage Atlanta and Georgia State University), The Lost Colony in Manteo, NC, The Golden Apple Dinner Theatres in Sarasota and Venice, Florida and many venues in Chicago (The Royal George, Emerald City, Beverly Arts Center, Theatre on the Lake). In addition to performing, Anthony teaches elementary and junior high music in the public and Catholic School systems, and directs productions for various south side schools and the Beverly Arts Center. Anthony wrote, directed, and performed in New American Folk Theatre’s debut production, Two from the Trailer Court: Dirty Girl and Salome Goes All the Way!, wrote and directed the musical, The Marvelous Land of Oz, music directed Dark of the Moon, and directed Witches Among Us. Most recently, he appeared in the role of Erroneous in Porchlight Theatre’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and directed the Jeff Recommended, The Summer of Daisy Fay, based on Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg.

Jamal Howard (Mr. Hollywood/NAFT Co-Artistic Director) is originally from San Jose,began performing at age 8 in musicals where he fell in love with the art form. He moved to Chicago and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BA in Theatre and since has performed with Quest Theatre Ensemble, Redmoon, and Emerald City. Jamal co-founded New American Folk Theatre (NAFT) where he directed Dirty Girl (2015), Dark of the Moon (2014), and Kennedy's Children (2013). With NAFT, he was featured on stage in The Marvelous Land of Oz (2013), Two From the Trailer Court (2012), and Witches Among Us (2014). He directs, choreographs, and teaches performing arts in grade schools on Chicago’s south side as well as having taught at the Beverly Arts Center. Other directing and choreography credits include Once on This Island, Hairspray!, Cats, Wendy and Peter (co-wrote), and Little Shop of Horrors.

Caitlin Jackson (Smudge/NAFT Casting Director) is originally from Indiana where she began hertraining/acting with multiple theatres in and around the Indianapolis area. Since moving to Chicago in 1998, she studied at UIC and has performed with Walkabout Theatre/Knife & Fork, Ludicrous Theatre, Strangeloop, Black Button Eyes as “Miss Spink” in Coraline and with Cowardly Scarecrow in Musical of the Living Dead (2013) & Musical Horror Story: Exorcism (2015). She has been a member of New American Folk Theatre since it's incarnation and is an Artistic Associate with Wayward Productions and an Ensemble Member with Hell in a Handbag Productions. She was most recently seen as “Liz” in Refuge Theatre Project's High Fidelity. She is beyond excited to be a part of the Midwest premier of Johnny Drago’s Trash with her NAFT family where her previous credits include; Two From The Trailer Court, Marvelous Land of Oz, Kennedy's Children, Dark of the Moon and Witches Among Us. Upcoming: Wayward’s take on The Plough and the Stars in May and she will remount her role as “Bette Midler” from last summer's hit show, Bette, LIVE at the Continental Baths with Hell in a Handbag beginning in August at Stage 773.

Kirk Jackson (Loogie/NAFT Company Member) grew up in Skokie, IL. He received his high schooltheater instruction from Jerry Proffit, and then graduated with a B.A. in acting at Illinois State University. Moving to Chicago in 1998, he did shows such as 1984 at Live Bait (now Public House Theatre) and Animal of the Year with Bailiwick. Since then, he’s done shows with Chase Park, Ludicrous Theatre, Strangeloop, Underscore Theatre, New American Folk Theatre, and Hell in a Handbag productions playing such rolls as Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eddie/Dr. Scott in Rocky Horror, and Brotherboy in Sordid Lives. Most recently he was seen as, no less than, nine different characters in Underscore Theater’s world premiere of Story of a Story by Peter Gwinn and Jody Shelton. He is a company member of New American Folk Theatre and is extremely excited to appear in his 5th show with them when they present Trash by Johnny Drago!

Carrie Campana (Othermomma/NAFT Company Member) is originally from Wisconsin where she received a B.S. in TheaterPerformance with a minor in Costume Design from the UW LaCrosse. From there she moved to New York and became a company member with PharePlay Productions. After three years, she relocated back to the Midwest in 2008 and has been in shows with NUFAN, Strangeloop, Cowardly Scarecrow, Wig Bullies, Wrecking Ball Productions, New American Folk Theatre and The Living Canvas. She can currently be seen as many roles in We Gotta Bingo with Chicago Theatre Works and Gorilla Tango Burlesque. She is an Artistic Associate with New American Folk Theatre and cannot wait to appear in the Chicago premier of Johnny Drago's Trash with them.

Derek Van Barham (Director) is the Artistic Director of The Ruckus and an Artistic Associate withPride Films & Plays. Directing: From These Fatal Loins (The Ruckus), Miracle! (Hell in a Handbag), Angry Fags (PFP/Steppenwolf Garage), Some Men (with David Zak), Kill Your Boyfriends (an original piece), and Songs from an Unmade Bed (Jeff nomination). Movement: Coraline the Musical and Goblin Market (Black Button Eyes), La Chingada (Inappropriate Theatre), Matawan (The Ruckus), and pieces for Salonathon. He was named one of Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30, honoring individuals from Chicago’s LGBTQIA communities. He currently improvises at The Annoyance with the team Baby Wine. MFA: CCPA/Roosevelt University.

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