3-Hole Punch
3-Hole Punch

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The Bonus Room
The Bonus Room

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Billie Holiday Theater November 2019

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3-Hole Punch
3-Hole Punch

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...is 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 eight professional productions of his work, including two in London, he has been writing his own stories.

James Sheldon Playwright
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Newest Play- Reparations- Playing at Gloucester Stage, MA

Reparations, which first premiered at The Billie Holliday Theater in Brooklyn, will be performed this fall by the Gloucester Stage Company, at the Windhover Performing Arts Center, MA.

It will be directed by Myriam Cyr, and will run September 3 through September 19, 2021. You can find out more details and buy tickets below.


Thank you for your support and we  look forward to having live theater back in the community!

Recent Reviews of The Play, Reparations, November 2019

Winner Best Play- 2020 Audelco Awards

‘Reparations’ demonstrates the theft of innocence

Review: Amsterdam News Linda Armstrong 11/14/19 The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn has always p . . .



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: Revenge, Retribution, Regret, & Resurrection

Sandi Durell's Theater Pizzazz. Review by Michael Tingley A tall, wooden sailboat sits on the coffe . . .



"Reparations" at the Billie

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



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 . . .



Reparations- Show-Score Reviews

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



"4 Stars  - Pugnacious, provocative writing"

— Sam Marlowe, The Times. Review of Shiverman

May 2012


Winner Best Play- 2020 Audelco Awards

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

Reparations is coming to New England in September 2021. Click on the post to learn more.

The Plays

James has written eight 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" & "Shiverman"), the Hudson Valley, New York ("3-Hole Punch" and "The Bonus Room" ) and Pittsburgh ("Often As The Moon").

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

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