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Trash by Johnny Drago
The Den Theatre
Chicago, IL
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Trash by Johnny Drago
New American Folks Theatre is pleased to open its 2016 season with the Midwest premiere of the dark, twisted comedy TRASH by Johnny Drago, directed by Derek Van Barham, playing April 9  May 15, 2016 at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.

TRASH will feature New American Folk Theatre Company Members Carrie Campana, Jamal Howard, Caitlin Jackson, Kirk Jackson and Anthony Whitaker.

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."

The production team for TRASH includes: Clint Greene (scenic design), Kate Setzer Kamphausen (costume design), Cody Ryan (lighting design) and Julie Leghorn (stage manager).

About the Creative Team:

Johnny Drago (Playwright) is an Atlanta-based playwright and performer whose work has been produced or developed by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Barter Theatre, 7 Stages, The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, Theater Emory, DramaTech, The Process Theatre Co. and Actor's Express. His plays include Cul-de-sac, Hot Pink, Blood for Blood, I Said I Was Sorry, The Boy Whose Eye Wandered, I Hope This Dudn't Break Your Little Heart, Trash, Psycho Blvd, The Birdwatchers and Baby and Jennifer Defy the Laws of Timespace and All That That Implies. As New American Junk, he has written, directed and performed in productions of Buckhead Is Burning, Little Fruitcake's [;;;;Non-Specific Winter Holiday];;;;, Miracle, Billy Budd: A Portrait in Seamen and Attack of the 6-Foot Vagina! As Dismantle Theater (with Erik Thurmond), he has written, developed and produced the experimental performance works Ripple, Brick by Brick I Will Tear Down These Walls Between Us, NSA, Monument and Mine! Johnny is a former WonderRoot Writer-in-Residence, MINT Gallery Leap Year Artist, Dashboard Co-op Associate Artist, and City of Atlanta Emerging Artist in the field of Literature. Upcoming projects include I Love My Brother, in development for Threshold at Actor's Express and a newly-commissioned adaptation of The Duchess of Malfi for Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Derek Van Barham (Director) is the Artistic Director of The Ruckus and an Artistic Associate with Pride 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 (Black Button Eyes), La Chingada (Inappropriate Theatre), Matawan (The Ruckus) and pieces for Salonathon. This year, Derek 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.

About the Company

New American Folk Theatre is dedicated to folk theatre, music, education, and stories that shine new light on the American tale. We strive to educate the public on works worthy of inclusion to the American theatrical canon. Through utilitarian efforts of using the resources around us, we will produce impactful theatre and other artistic projects that help us learn and grow as a society. For additional information, visit www.newamericanfolktheatre.org.


The Den Theatre (View)
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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