Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) on Broadway - FAT HAM by James Ijames

On 11/07/2022 Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) will host a reading of FAT HAM by James Ijames from 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM EST at American Airlines Theatre. For more info click links below.   


Join us for a special
Veterans Day Celebration on Broadway!

In honor of Veterans Day, Arts in the Armed Forces will host a reading of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize-winning play FAT HAM by James Ijames, directed by Sideeq Heard, featuring original cast members from the successful off-Broadway co-production
between The Public Theater and National Black Theatre directed by Saheem Ali.

FREE for veterans, current active duty service members, and their guests. Must be 18+ to enter. 

A limited number of civilian tickets will be available by sponsoring a military ticket. 

An audience Q&A will immediately follow the performance.



Arts in the Armed Forces
presents a reading of 2022 Pulitzer Prize-winning play
in honor of Veterans Day 

Monday, November 7th at 6:00pm ET

Doors open at 5:00 PM

Performance begins at 6:00 PM, followed by a Q&A with cast 

Event concludes at approximately 8:15 PM

American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street
New York 10036


About FAT HAM 

"A funny, poignant play that deftly transposes Hamlet to a family barbecue in the American South to grapple with questions of identity, kinship, responsibility, and honesty." —Pulitzer Prize Committee

"James Ijames’s outstanding transformation of Shakespeare’s tragedy into a play about Black masculinity and queerness, both echoes Hamlet and finds a language beyond it...the effect is stunning, making the play a living text, moving between Hamlet, the story happening on the stage and the world beyond the fourth wall." —The New York Times

"Fat Ham is brilliantly alive, a true tragicomedy (or a very, very funny tragedy) and an exuberantly metatheatrical dialogue with Shakespeare, America, and toxic masculinity, all at once." —Exeunt

"A fresh and vital force." —New Yorker

"Momentous and remarkable...a masterpiece." —Theatermania

Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, FAT HAM by James Ijames had its first in-person performance in New York as a co-production between The Public Theater and National Black Theatre, directed by The Public’s Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director, Saheem Ali in 2022.

In FAT HAM, Juicy is a queer, Southern college kid, already grappling with some serious questions of identity, when the ghost of his father shows up in their backyard, demanding that Juicy avenge his murder. It feels like a familiar story to Juicy, well-versed in Hamlet’s woes. What’s different is Juicy himself, a sensitive and self-aware young Black man trying to break the cycles of trauma and violence in service of his own liberation. From an uproarious family barbecue emerges a compelling examination of love and loss, pain and joy.

This event is supported in part by:

Alix Partners


NYC Cultural Affairs

November 07, 2022 at 6:00pm - 8:15pm
American Airlines Theatre
227 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
United States
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