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by James Ijames

Directed by Monteze Freeland

A co-production with TheatreSquared (Fayetteville, AR) 

This uproariously funny, Pulitzer Prize-winning new play comes to City Theatre straight from Broadway! A modern revamp of Shakespeare’s HamletFat Ham follows Juicy, a queer, pensive, young Black man finding his way in the world when the ghost of his father demands Juicy avenges his murder. Set at the family cookout, this “hilarious yet profound tragedy smothered in comedy” (The New York Times) examines love, loss, and a particular set of daddy issues. 


Brandon Foxworth (Juicy)

Maria Becoates-Bey (Tendra)

Khalil Kain (Rev/Pap)

Elexa Lindsay Hanner (Opal)

LaTrea Rembert (Larry)

Linda Haston (Rabby)

Jordan Williams (Tio)


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Wed, Mar 13 – 7:00PM
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Sat, Mar 16 – 1:00PM
Sat, Mar 16 – 5:30PM
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Tue, Mar 19 – 7:00PM
Wed, Mar 20 – 1:00PM
Thu, Mar 21 – 8:00PM
Fri, Mar 22 – 8:00PM
Sat, Mar 23 – 1:00PM
Sat, Mar 23 – 5:30PM
Sun, Mar 24 – 2:00PM


JAMES IJAMES is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, a director and educator. James’ plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon, Wilma Theatre, Theatre Exile, Azuka Theatre (Philadelphia, PA), The National Black Theatre, JACK, The Public Theater (NYC), Hudson Valley Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Definition Theatre, Timeline Theater (Chicago IL) Shotgun Players (Berkeley, CA) and have received development with PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark, Playwright’s Horizon, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theater, Wilma Theater, Azuka Theatre and Victory Garden. 

James is the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist recipient, and two Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Direction of a Play for The Brothers Size with Simpatico Theatre Company and Gem of the Ocean with Arden Theatre. James is a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for ….Miz Martha, a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award, a 2019 Kesselring Prize for Kill Move Paradise, a 2020 and 2022 Steinberg Prize and the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Drama recipient. 

James was a founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first playwright producing collective. He received a B.A. in Drama from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. James an Associate Professor of Theatre at Villanova University. He resides in South Philadelphia.