James Ijames' 2022 Pulitzer Prize-winning Fat Ham officially opened at Off-Broadway's The Public Theater May 26. Co-produced with National Black Theatre, the show plays the Anspacher Theater. Read the reviews here.
Marcel Spears stars as Juicy, Nikki Crawford as Tedra, Chris Herbie Holland as Tio, Billy Eugene Jones as Rev and Pap, Adrianna Mitchell as Opal, Calvin Leon Smith as Larry, and Benja Kay Thomas as Rabby.
Check out photos from opening night below:
In a reinvention of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ijames' Fat Ham takes place at a Southern cookout. The comic tragedy follows Juicy, a queer college kid, as he grapples with identity questions, the ghost of his father, a supernatural demand for vengeance, and the choice of breaking or continuing cycles of trauma and violence.
Understudies include RJ Foster for Rev and Papp; Tanesha Gary for Tedra and Rabby; Marquis D. Gibson for Juicy, Larry, and Tio; Alexandria Brienne Lewis for Opal; and Matthew Elijah Webb for Juicy, Larry, and Tio.
The show was recently extended through July 3; previews began May 12.
The Public's Associate Artistic Director and Resident Director Saheem Ali directs the production, which also features scenic design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Dominique Fawn Hill, lighting design by Stacey Derosier, sound design by 2022 Tony nominee Mikaal Sulaiman, hair and wig design by Earon Chew Nealey, fight direction by Lisa Kopitsky, and choreography by Darrell Moultrie. Props are by Claire M. Kavanah, and illusions are by Skylar Fox. Jereme Kyle serves as production stage manager, and Ryan Kane serves as stage manager.