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New American Folk Theatre

Chicago, IL


We strive to tell the American story through the resources given to us. We are dedicated to folk theatre, music, and stories that shine a new light on today%u2019s American pop culture.
%u200BAfter working together on children%u2019s musical theatre on the Chicago Southside, collaborators Anthony Whitaker and Jamal Howard decided it was time to bring their efforts to a wider audience. In the fall of 2011, Anthony Whitaker and Jamal Howard founded the New American Folk Theatre (NAFT). The company began with a staged reading of an original adaptation of Oscar Wilde%u2019s Salome, called Salome Goes All the Way! in November 2011. With music as a mainstay and focus of the company, NAFT produced a singer/songwriter series in the summer of 2012, Sweet Tea and Me, which featured Shelley Miller and The Fruit Flies among other local Chicago artists.
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In October of 2012 NAFT produced two original one act musicals, Two from the Trailer Court: Dirty Girl and Salome Goes All the Way!, written by Anthony Whitaker. These world premiere musicals opened NAFT%u2019s first season and marked the company%u2019s first full production. NAFT put together a benefit Christmas concert, Christmas by the Fake Fireside, in December 2012 modeled after Judy Garland%u2019s Christmas special.

NAFT will continue its first season with an original musical, The Marvelous Land of Oz. Written by Anthony Whitaker and based on the second book in the famed Oz series, NAFT will follow the continuing adventures of The Scarecrow and The Tinman in Oz.


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History

Deep in the Heart of Tuna

February 04, 2017 8:00 PM - March 05, 2017 3:00 PM
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Trash by Johnny Drago

April 15, 2016 7:30 PM - May 15, 2016 6:00 PM
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The Summer of Daisy Fay

July 11, 2015 3:00 PM - August 17, 2015 7:30 PM
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Prom Night: A Fundraiser Variety...

May 18, 2015 6:30 PM
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Witches Among Us

October 03, 2014 7:30 PM - November 07, 2014 7:30 PM
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Dark Side of Oz

August 18, 2014 7:00 PM
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Dark of the Moon

June 07, 2014 7:30 PM - June 29, 2014 6:00 PM
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Kennedy's Children

November 22, 2013 8:00 PM - November 24, 2013 8:00 PM
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Danielle Howle, Anthony Whitaker...

May 22, 2013 7:30 PM
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The Marvelous Land of Oz

May 10, 2013 7:30 PM - June 02, 2013 3:00 PM
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Christmas by the Fake Fireside!

December 15, 2012 4:00 PM
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Two From the Trailer Court

October 05, 2012 10:30 PM - November 10, 2012 10:30 PM
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