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Story/Teller Arts: James Ijames on Fat Ham

Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT October 31, 2023

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

On the heels of Fat Ham’s critically acclaimed Broadway run, James Ijames joins The Center for Fiction for a rich conversation on his inventive, poignant, and hilarious play. In Fat Ham, Juicy—a young, queer, Southern man grappling with questions of identity—is visited by the ghost of his father at his mother’s wedding/family barbecue, and ordered to avenge his murder. Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Fat Ham is an “outstanding transformation of Shakespeare’s tragedy into a play about Black masculinity and queerness” that “echoes Hamlet and finds a language beyond it” (New York Times).

The Center for Fiction is thrilled to continue its collaboration with Theatre Communications Group for this event, with past events featuring Jackie Sibblies Drury and Claudia Rankine; Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins; Heidi Schreck and Paula Vogel; Sarah Ruhl and Matthew Aucoin; Aleshea Harris and Nissy Aya; Lynn Nottage and Damon Tabor; Martyna Majok, Naveen Kumar, and David Zayas; Taylor Mac and Laura Collins-Hughes; and Will Arbery, Chloé Cooper Jones, and Leslie Jamison.

Each ticket (in-person and livestream) will come with a signed copy of Fat Ham.

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    James Ijames

    James Ijames

    James Ijames is a playwright, director, actor, and educator. Ijames was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Fat Ham. His other awards include a Pew Fellowship, the F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Artist, the Terrence McNally New Play Award, a Whiting Award, a Kesselring Prize, and a Steinberg Prize. His other plays include The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington and White. He resides in South Philadelphia.

    Photo Credit: Lowell Thomas

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