In this world premiere, a recently widowed white book editor invites a younger black writer to her apartment, only to find that a night of passion turns into a tumultuous morning-after. More…
From the show:
The Billie Holiday Theatre Artistic and Executive Director Dr. Indira Etwaroo presents the theatre’s world premiere of James Sheldon’s Reparations, a centerpiece of the inaugural New Windows Festival, a major highlight of The Billie’s 2019-2020 season.
Reparations tells the story of a recently widowed white book editor (Alexandra Neil) who invites a younger black writer (Kamal Bolden) to her apartment, only to find that a night of tenderness and passion turns into a tumultuous morning-after when he threatens to reveal a dark secret from her past. As family friends – played by Lisa Arrindell and Gys de Villiers - join them for an Upper East Side lunch, we discover whether the young writer will succeed in claiming his “reparations” for a life of racial injustice and personal betrayal.
See it if The play and stage set are special. 5 lives intertwined in this dramatic story trace the path of sexual abuse denial and a path to healing
Don't see it if If dealing with painful life experiences and how they play themselves out in life is not interesting, don’t see it. It’s well done.
See it if You appreciate a brilliantly written play which addresses two of today’s most traumatic subjects: racism and sexual assault (pedophilia).
Don't see it if You are sensitive about issues of sexual assault and racism
See it if for a clever plot about discrimination, sexual abuse, and retribution; Broadway-worthy. Thoroughly entertaining; worth the trip to Bklyn.
Don't see it if you are a racist, don't feel comfortable with the subject matter or are easily offended by intimate stories showing real emotion.
See it if Enjoy great writing tackling tough topics of race/sexual abuse. Plot twist slaps you in the face, in a good way.
Don't see it if You are not comfortable with race and sexual abuse being addressed. Audience is more vocal than most theaters. Some scenes dragged a bit.
See it if Interested in engaging a narrative that touches on the intersections of race, wealth, power, and sexual abuse.
Don't see it if You don’t like a participatory audience/real-time reaction from the audience. (This was a personal highlight for me!)