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Photos: Pulitzer Prize-Winner FAT HAM Opens at The Public Theater!

Critically-acclaimed playwright James Ijames reinvents a Shakespeare masterpiece with his new drama, FAT HAM.

FAT HAM, the 2022 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, celebrated its opening night last night at The Public Theater! Go inside the celebration below!

Critically-acclaimed playwright James Ijames reinvents Shakespeare's masterpiece with his new drama, 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. FAT HAM is a delectable comic tragedy directed by The Public's Associate Artistic Director Saheem Ali.

The complete cast of FAT HAM includes Nikki Crawford (Tedra), RJ Foster (Rev/Papp Understudy) , Tanesha Gary (Tedra/Rabby Understudy), Marquis D. Gibson (Juicy/Larry/Tio Understudy), Chris Herbie Holland (Tio), Billy Eugene Jones (Rev/Pap), Alexandria Brienne Lewis (Opal Understudy), Adrianna Mitchell (Opal), Calvin Leon Smith (Larry), Marcel Spears (Juicy), Benja Kay Thomas (Rabby), and Matthew Elijah Webb (Juicy/Larry/Tio Understudy).

The production features scenic design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Dominique Fawn Hill, lighting design by Stacey Derosier, sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman, hair and wig design by Earon Nealey, prop management by Claire M. Kavanah, illusions design by Skylar Fox, fight direction by Lisa Kopitsky, and choreography by Darrell Moultrie. Jereme Kyle serves as the Production Stage Manager and Ryan Kane serves as the Stage Manager.

Photo Credit: Andres Otero

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Nona Hendryx

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Jermaine Browne

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Margaret Odette

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Mykal Kilgore

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Jocelyn Bioh

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Susan Kelechi Watson

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Daniel J. Watts

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Eisa Davis and Pearl Sun

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Marquis D. Gibson

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Playwright James Ijames

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Alexandria Brienne Lewis

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Billy Eugene Jones

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Chris Herbie Holland

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Tanesha Gary

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Director Saheem Ali, Playwright James Ijames, and Artistic Director of The Public Theater Oskar Eustis

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Sheaun McKinney and Marcel Spears

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