Fire up the grill and feast on some great theatre at 2023 Best Play Tony nominee Fat Ham, a piping hot, modern take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. After making its New York debut at The Public Theater, the Pulitzer-winning play invites audiences to the cookout on Broadway. Get Fat Ham tickets on TodayTix.
What a piece of work is Ham! James Ijames’s play won a Pulitzer Prize before playing a single Off-Broadway performance, and it now has five Tony Award nominations. The show flips Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy into a raucous comedy, serving up revenge with a side of ribs. Meet Black, queer college student Juicy, who’s tasked with killing his uncle, Hamlet-style, at a family barbecue. But here’s the rub: murder’s not Juicy’s thing. So what’s the alternative?
To find out or not to find out, that is the question – and the only way to find out is to get your tickets to this critically acclaimed hit, which New York Theatre Guide calls “by turns hilarious, chaotic and weirdly lovely.”
Gather the family for a heaping helping of joy and suspense at this delicious play. Get tickets to Fat Ham in New York on TodayTix now.
1hr 35min (no intermission)
March 21st, 2023
July 2nd, 2023
807 reviews on Show-Score
By: James Ijames
Director: Saheem Ali
Choreography: Darrell Moultrie
Cast list: Marcel Spears (as Juicy), Nikki Crawford (as Tedra), Chris Herbie Holland (as Tio), Billy Eugene Jones (as Rev/Papp), Adrianna Mitchell (as Opal), Calvin Leon Smith (as Larry), Benja Kay Thomas (as Rabby)
Design: Maruti Evans
Costume: Dominique Fawn Hill
Lighting: Bradley King
Sound: Mikaal Sulaiman
Other info: Hair and wig design by Earon Chew Nealey, illusions by Skylar Fox, fight direction by Lisa Kopitsky, singing coaching by Deborah Lapidus
Orchestra & Mezzanine levels fully accessible for those with mobility disabilities
Fat Ham is a play set at an outdoor cookout in the South, where Juicy is supposed to celebrate his mother Tedra’s second marriage. But since his mom is marrying his uncle, who killed Juicy’s father, Juicy’s not interested in a party. The ghost of Juicy’s father asks him to take revenge.
Until this point, Juicy’s story resembles Hamlet’s. But Hamlet thinks murdering his uncle is a nobler act than just thinking about it, whereas Juicy doubts whether he must avenge violence with violence like Hamlet did, and wonders what another way might look like. Fat Ham is a Hamlet adaptation, but it’s also a challenge to the cycle of violence within Shakespeare's play and within society.
Fat Ham is directed by Saheem Ali (represented off Broadway in 2021 with the Public’s Merry Wives and MCC Theater’s Nollywood Dreams) and written by James Ijames, who has debuted work in Philadelphia and New York. His plays include Kill Move Paradise, whose 2017 Off-Broadway production was a New York Times Critics’ Pick; Moon Man Walk; and The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington, among others.
Fat Ham imade its digital world premiere with Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater after the in-person production was canceled amid the pandemic. Fat Ham off Broadway marked the show’s New York debut.
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