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About the Author
James Ijames is a playwright, director, and educator. Ijames' plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon, Wilma Theatre, The National Black Theatre, Definition Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Shotgun Players, and have received development with PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theater, Wilma Theater, Azuka Theatre, and Victory Garden.
Ijames 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. Ijames is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Villanova University and the Lead Artistic Director of the Wilma Theater. He resides in South Philadelphia.
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