Join us for our third summer season of live, professional theatre on Davidson's campus!  The partnership with NC A&T continues this summer as we look forward to bringing you Fat Ham by North Carolina native, James Ijames!  

Common Thread Theatre Collective (CTTC) will create bold, fresh theatre that engages with our Lake Norman and wider Charlotte communities in an intentional and provocative way around inclusive stories of contemporary relevance. 

We want to create a strong company of local artists that value professional standards of production and work with us to produce stories that center traditionally underrepresented communities.

Common Thread would not be achievable without generous funding from the Bacca Visiting Artist and Scholar Program and the Clark Ross Academic Innovation Fund.  

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Summer 2024 Season

Common Thread will again produce both shows in the Barber Theatre on Davidson’s campus

Fat Ham

June 14 - June 23, 2024

By James Ijames

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright James Ijames reinvents Shakespeare’s masterpiece with a delectable comic tragedy in Fat Ham. Juicy is a queer, Southern college kid, already grappling with some serious questions of identity, when the ghost of his father shows up in their backyard, demanding that Juicy avenge his murder. It feels like a familiar story to Juicy, well-versed in Hamlet’s woes. What’s different is Juicy himself, a sensitive and self-aware young Black man trying to break the cycles of trauma and violence in service of his own liberation. From an uproarious family barbecue emerges a compelling examination of love and loss, pain and joy. [From Concord Theatricals]


This show contains strong language and adult references.  Recommended for ages 16 and up. 


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