Readings and Workshops
Arts in the Armed Forces to Celebrate Veterans Day With Reading of 2022 Pulitzer Winner Fat Ham on Broadway
The James Ijames play will be directed by Sideeq Heard and feature cast members from the Public Theater production from earlier this year.
James Ijames’ 2022 Pulitzer-winning play Fat Ham is headed to Broadway for a one-night-only reading from Arts in the Armed Forces in honor of Veteran’s Day. Planned for Broadway’s American Airlines Theater November 7 at 6 PM, the event will be free for veterans, current active duty service members, and their guests, with a limited number of civilian tickets available by sponsoring a military ticket.
The cast, under the direction of Sideeq Heard, will include a number of alumni from The Public Theater and National Black Theater’s recent Off-Broadway co-production of the work, including Nikki Crawford, Chris Herbie Holland, Adrianna Mitchell, Calvin Leon Smith, Marcel Spears, and Benja Kay Thomas, newly joined by J. Bernard Calloway and Alexandria Lewis.
Ijames’ reinvention of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, exploding the psychological classic into a comic tragedy, was recently announced as the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Taking place at a cookout, Juicy, a queer Southern college kid, grapples with identity questions, the ghost of his father, a supernatural demand for vengeance, and the choice of breaking or continuing cycles of trauma and violence.
The reading will be followed by a Q&A.
Founded by former Marine and Broadway alum Adam Driver and Joanne Tucker, Arts in the Armed Forces looks to enrich the lives of military in the US with theater and film. Their core program brings play readings with professional actors to military installations around the world free of charge.
Service members looking for tickets can visit Events.AITAF.org. Civilians wanting to sponsor a military ticket and attend can make a donation at Donate.AITAF.org.
Take a look at The Public Theater and National Black Theater’s 2022 Off-Broadway production of Fat Ham: