VIDEO: First Look at Alliance Theatre's Atlanta Debut of FAT HAM

The production runs from Wednesday, April 3 through Sunday, May 12, 2024.

By: Apr. 22, 2024
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Get a first look at The Alliance Theatre's Atlanta debut of FAT HAM. Written by James Ijames and directed by Tony Award-nominated Stevie Walker-Webb, with Associate Direction by Dawn M. Simmons, the 2022 Pulitzer Prize-winner for drama is presented in association with The Huntington Theatre Company and Front Porch Arts Collective, and runs on the Hertz Stage from Wednesday, April 3 through Sunday, May 12, 2024. Opening night is Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

Playwright James Ijames has reinvented Shakespeare's masterpiece, Hamlet. Juicy is a queer, Southern college kid, already grappling with some serious questions of identity, when the ghost of his father shows up at their backyard barbecue, demanding that Juicy avenge his murder. But here's the rub! Revenge doesn't come easy to Juicy, a sensitive and self-aware young Black man in search of his own happiness and liberation. From an uproarious family cookout emerges a compelling examination of love, loss, masculinity, pain and joy.

“Bringing FAT HAM to Atlanta is like a homecoming for the story itself,” said Director Stevie Walker-Webb. “Shakespeare's Hamlet is set in a castle in Denmark. James Ijames' FAT HAM takes place in a backyard BBQ in the South. Atlanta is the perfect place for a southern premier.”

The cast features James T. Alfred (Off-Broadway: Black Odyssey, National Tour: Jitney) as Rev/ Pap, Thomika Marie Bridwell (The Huntington:Joy and Pandemic) as Rabby, David J. Castillo (Actors’

Shakespeare Project: Edward II, New Repertory Theatre/Boston Center for American Performance, Baltimore) as Larry, Marshall W. Mabry IV (Pittsburgh Public Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Harlem, Speakeasy Stage Boston: Once on this Island) as Juicy, Ebony Marshall-Oliver (Broadway: Ain’t No Mo’ and Chicken and Biscuits) as Tedra, Victoria Omoregie (SpeakEasy Stage: Fairview, Actors’ Shakespeare Project: The Bomb-itty of Errors) as Opal, and Lau’rie Roach (Alliance Theatre: Toni Stone and The lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe) as Tio.

The creative team for FAT HAM is led by Tony Nominated Director Stevie Walker-Webb and Associate Director Dawn M. Simmons, and includes Choreographer PJ Johnnie Jr, Dialect Coach Adi Cabral, Sound Designer Aubrey Dube, Fight Director and Intimacy CoordinatorJesse Hinson, Costume Designer Celeste Jennings, Hair and Wig Designer Earon D. Nealey, Illusions Designer Evan Northrup, Scenic Designer Luciana Stecconi, and Lighting Designer Xiangfu Xiao.

Tickets are available at Alliance Theatre Box Office by calling 404.733.4600.  Tickets are also available online at Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690.  


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