Some Old Black Man

by James Anthony Tyler

Directed by Joe Cacaci


Wendell Pierce and Roger Robinson


When College Professor, Calvin Jones, moves his 82-year-old doggedly independent, blue collar, ailing, southern father, Donald Jones, from Greenwald, Mississippi into his Harlem penthouse, an argument over what to eat for breakfast turns into a generational clash over race, opportunity, and a decision that Calvin made years ago.

Performance Schedule

February 8 & 9 Only!

February 11 – March 4
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri at 7:15,
Sat at 2:15 & 7:15, Sun at 2:15

Please Note: There will be no performance on Sunday, February 11 at 2:15pm. There will be an additional performance on Sunday, February 11 at 7:15pm.


59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th St. New York City

Wendell Pierce stars opposite John Krasinski in Amazon’s upcoming event series “Jack Ryan,” which will premiere in 2018.  Wendell starred opposite Kerry Washington as ‘Clarence Thomas’ in the HBO feature “Confirmation”and as“Coach Calhoun” in Fox’s musical event special “Grease Live!”  Other Television includes: “Chicago PD,” “Unsolved,” “The Odd Couple,” “Ray Donovan,” “Suits,” “Treme,”“The Wire,”“Law and Order,” “Third Watch,” “I’ll Fly Away,”“Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story,””Strapped” “Life Support,”“With Two Lumps Of Ice”  BBC Miniseries. 

Film: “Selma,”“The Gift,”“Horrible Bosses,” “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part Two,”“Parker,” “Lay the Favorite,” “Elsa & Fred,”  “Four” (Spirit Award Nom., LA Film Festival 2012 Winner), “RAY,”“Love Ranch,”“Angst & Alienation In America,”“Hole In One” (Tribeca Film Festival), “Fighting Temptations”, “24 Hour Woman”, “Volcano,” “Bulworth,”“Get On The Bus,” “Sleepers,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “It Could Happen To You,” “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” “Malcolm X,” “Husbands and Wives,” “A Rage in Harlem,” “Bonfire of the Vanities,” “Casualties of War,” “Ishtar,” “Patty Hearst,””The Money Pit,” among others. 

Theatre: 2010 special  Obie Awardrecipient for Sustained Excellence of Performance.  Tony Award Winning producer of “Clybourne Park.” “Cost of Living” at Williamstown Theatre Festival, World premiere of“Queenie Pie”at the Kennedy Center.  Broadway:“The Piano Lesson,” “Serious Money” “The Boys of Winter.” Off-Broadway:  “Broke-ology,”“The Good Times are Killing Me,”“Tis a Pity She’s A Whore,” “Cymbeline,”“Two Gentleman of Verona,””The Cherry Orchard,” Regional:“Waiting For Godot,” August Wilson’s“Fences”at the Pasadena Playhouse as ‘Bono’ opp. Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett,  Oedipus Playsat the Acropolis in Athens in association with the Washington DC Shakespeare Theatre.  

Wendell is a four-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Best Actor in a television drama for his work on “The Wire” and “Treme,” and won the 2008 Image Award for best actor in a television movie for HBO’s “Life Support” (opposite Queen Latifah) as well as the Women’s Image Network “WIN” Award. Wendell has won five Emmy Awards for his narration of “Golden Days, Purple Knights: 50 Years of the Los Angeles Lakers.” His memoir “The Wind in the Reeds” was published to rave reviews in 2015.  

Roger Robinson (Bway) Joe Turners Come and Gone (Tony Award), Drowning Crow, Seven Guitars (Tony nomination), The Iceman Cometh, Amen Corner-the Musical, Aint Supposed to Die a Natural Death, The Miser, Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?. (Off-Bway) Walk in Darkness, The Middle of Nowhere, The Trials of Brother Jero, The Strong Breed, others. (Regional) La Jolla Playhouse, Ebony Repertory Theater, Old Globe Theater, Alley Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theater, Actors Theater Of Louisville, Seattle Repertory, Hartford Stage, Syracuse Stage, Yale Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theater, NJ Shakespeare Festival, American Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival. (London) Royal National Theater. (TV) Elementary, Rubicon, Er, Kojak, Baretta, others. (Film)Preaching To The Choir, Wedding Daze, Willie Dynamite, Newman’s Law, Meteor, The Pack, Foreclosure. (Awards) Outfest Grand Jury Award as Best Actor (Brother To Brother), Independent Spirit Award nomination (Brother To Brother), Fox Foundation Fellow.

James Anthony Tyler has a MFA in Film from Howard University and a MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, where his concentration was Playwriting. Selected honors include the Paul Robeson Award and John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting. His plays have been developed at La MaMa and Berkshire Playwrights Lab (Some Old Black Man), Classical Theatre of Harlem (The Drop Off), Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Talkin’ To This Chick Sippin’ Magic Potion), Asolo Rep, Ars Nova, and The Drama League (hop tha A), Finborough Theatre in London and LAByrinth Theater Company (Dolphins and Sharks). He was a member of Harlem’s Emerging Black Playwrights Group, a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, a 2015-2016 The Playwrights Center’s Many Voices Fellow, a 2016-2017 Ars Nova Play Group Resident, a 2016 Working Farm Playwrights Group Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a 2016 Theatre Masters Visionary Playwrights Award recipient, and is a recent graduate of the Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School. Upcoming events in September 2017 include a production of Dolphins and Sharks at Finborough Theatre in London, and a workshop of hop tha A for the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference in San Marcos, TX.