Set in New York 2018


A recently widowed white book editor invites a younger black writer to her apartment, only to find that a night of tenderness and passion turns into a brutal morning-after when he threatens to reveal a dark secret about her past unless she publishes his debut novel.

Will the young writer succeed in his blackmail attempt and claim his reparations for a life of perceived racial injustice, or will she force his hand and seize her own emotional reparations.


Written By James Sheldon

Directed By Michele Shay

The Billie Holiday Theatre, Brooklyn

November 2019

Recent Reviews of Reparations

‘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, pull-...



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 Bill...



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



"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 e...



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 pl...



Reparations- Show-Score Reviews

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