James Ijames play “Fat Ham” wins 2022 Pulitzer for Drama
May 12 — Announced May 9: “Fat Ham” by James Ijames, running May 12-June 12, 2022 at New York’s Public Theater after an earlier digital run at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, wins the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize website describes the play as “A 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.”
2022 Drama prize finalists include two riveting plays focusing on immigration and emigration (and the lives of the people in both situations). “Selling Kabul” by Sylvia Khoury ran at Playwrights Horizons during 2021-2022, exploring America’s war in Afghanistan and immigration policy from the perspectives of family and neighbors in an occupied area from within a single apartment.
“Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord” by Kristina Wong was the second finalist. The solo show ran at New York Theatre Workshop during the 2021-2022 New York season and uses her story of building a mask-making empire during the early years of the pandemic.
ATCA members have often in past years served as judges for the drama prize. This year the committee was chaired by member Misha Berson and included Executive Committee chair David John Chávez.
Additional coverage of the prize announcement here in American Theatre