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
Winner Best Play- 2020 Audelco Awards
Recent Reviews of Reparations
Heart-Tugging Production, ‘Reparations,’ Makes World Debut
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