In a fantastical fairy-tale world, two Korean American sisters are deemed too fat to fit in their family grave. Will the sisters’ close bond survive under the pressure of their community and fretful parents, who will spare no effort to make them tinier?
Jar of Fat, the fifteenth winner of the Yale Drama Prize, is a phantasmagorical, absurdist Korean American tale about the allure and danger entangled within the quest for beauty and thinness. Both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply troubling, Seayoung Yim’s play burns through the accumulated rage that anti-fat bias produces to reclaim what it steals from us every day: grace, space, possibility, and breath.
“Jar of Fat immediately grabbed my attention. Seayoung Yim’s voice was incredibly strong and especially fun. This play felt radical, but also simply so honest that it couldn’t be ignored.”—Rachel Lynett, author of Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too, August Wilson)
“Seayoung Yim is a force to be reckoned with.”—Lauren Yee, playwright
“A stunning achievement. Seayoung Yim has written a wickedly witty, profoundly poetic, and moving theatrical play. At the end of the play, the only word I uttered was ‘wow.’”—Chay Yew, author of Porcelain and A Language of Their Own
“Jar of Fat is such a terrific adventure. Hilarious and disturbing, brutal and tender. Seayoung Yim is a major new talent.”—Lloyd Suh, playwright
“Seayoung Yim knows the ugliness of beauty and the beauty of ugliness. Rejoice, for the glorious, riotous Jar of Fat is here to slap us awake and lead us all into the wild, fat lives we deserve.” —Jess McLeod, director