On his Pulitzer Prize winning play Fat Ham, playwright James Ijames has said “I thought it would make people laugh when they read it.” That they did. Billed as a deliciously funny work of art, Fam Ham sold out its six week preview at the Public Theater in New York during last summer. The play, which Variety said “is a witty take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet where the only death is the patriarchy,” makes its Broadway debut in early 2023. Ijames developed his writing and performance skills as a student at Morehouse College and then later at Temple University. When he isn’t working on his own craft (or garnering praise as a stage artist; he won two Barrymore awards for outstanding supporting actor), Ijames helps shape the minds of young thespians as an associate professor of Theater at Villanova University. —K.M.