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"Life isn’t the way it’s supposed to be"

“…evocative of Pinter..”

"WHAT'S THE STORY?" the thread that runs through the life and work of James Sheldon. From his time as a newspaper and magazine reporter, when he sought to “get the scoop”and tell the story as it had just happened, to a long stint as a stock market investor, trying to predict the story of a company’s financial future, James has always been a storyteller. 


Since 2007, as a playwright with ten professional productions of his work, including two in London and one Off-Broadway, he has been writing his own stories.

James Sheldon Playwright
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Reparations- Gloucester Stage, MA
September 2021

Reparations, which first premiered at The Billie Holliday Theater in Brooklyn, was revived by the Gloucester Stage Company, at the Windhover Performing Arts Center, MA.

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Winner  - "Best Play 2021"

 Reviews Gloucester Stage Production

Gloucester Stage Wraps Outdoor Season with Thought-Provoking ‘Reparations’

Review by Michael Hoban, New England 9/8/2021 If you’re considering seeing the Gloucester Stage production of...



The Revelations Come Fast and Furious In ‘Reparations’

By Jacquinn Sinclair Boston Globe correspondent, Updated September 10, 2021 In Gloucester Stage Company’s “Reparations,” Reg Ambrose, a...



Reparations Unloads Surprises But Avoids Moral

Keith Powers, Correspondent at Metro West Daily News 9/10/21 Treachery, bombshell disclosures and unexpected confrontations - James...



Photos by Jason Grow

Reviews : Billy Holiday Theatre

November 2019  

Audelco Awards

Winner - "Best Play 2020"


Photos by Dex R. Jones

* Audelco Awards honor excellence in black theater.

Heart-Tugging Production, ‘Reparations,’ Makes World Debut

by C. Zawadi Morris, BK Reader I’m going to get straight to the point: Run, go see James Sheldon’s “Reparations,” showing now at The...



"Reparations" at the Billie

Review by Jonathan Kalb. James Sheldon’s Reparations is a new play about racial grievance, guilt and retribution in America that, oddly...



‘Reparations’ demonstrates the theft of innocence

Review: Amsterdam News Linda Armstrong 11/14/19 The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn has always proven itself to be a treasured,...



Reparations: Revenge, Retribution, Regret, & Resurrection

Sandi Durell's Theater Pizzazz. Review by Michael Tingley A tall, wooden sailboat sits on the coffee table of a meticulously...



In ‘Reparations,’ Righting Wrongs Comes With a Cost

By Elisabeth Vincentelli, NY Times 11/6/2019 James Sheldon’s play examines what happens when trauma is used to material ends. The new...



Reparations- Show-Score Reviews

Show Score are honest reviews by theater goers. Here's a sample of what they say about the new play by James Sheldon at the Billie...



"4 Stars  - Pugnacious, provocative writing"

— Sam Marlowe, The Times. Review of Shiverman

May 2012


Winner Best Play- 2020 Audelco Awards

Winner Best Play- 2021 Broadway World Boston

Last week I did an interview for WBGO radio, along with my director and lead actor, about my new play, Reparations. The interview highlights the controversies embedded in the play.

You can listen to the interview by clicking on the post.

J. Sheldon.  10/28/2019

The Plays

James has written ten plays since 2007, revealing the mythic in the mundane in a variety of settings from a remote Pacific island to the former Soviet Union to a secret federal facility for notorious white-collar criminals.

His plays have been produced in London (“A Model For Mankind” and “Shiverman”), Off-Broadway (“Reparations”) and in the northeastern United States.

If you'd like to learn more, feel free to contact James with questions, comments or ideas.

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3 Hole Punch Poster
A Model For Mankind Poster
Shiverman Poster
Often As The Moon Poster
Bonus Room Poster
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