Some Old Black Man

by James Anthony Tyler

Directed by Joe Cacaci


Roger Robinson and Leon Addison Brown


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

Discounted Previews: August 10-12th matinee ($20)

Opening: August 12, 8:00pm, Performance and Reception ($55)

August 13-27 ($30-35) – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00pm

Discounts available for group of 6 or more. Contact us!


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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.

Leon Addison Brown – Broadway: Misery, The Trip to Bountiful, On the Waterfront, Someone to Watch Over Me, Prelude to a Kiss. Off-Broadway: Master Harold and the Boys (Drama League Nomination for Distinguished Performance), The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, The Train Driver, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, The Alexander Plays (Signature Theatre); The Box (Foundry Theatre); The Lights (LCT); As You Like It (TFANA). Selected Regional: Hartford Stage, Westport Playhouse, People’s Light Theatre, Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Rep., Long Wharf. Film/TV: The Breaks, Madam Secretary, The Knick, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Good Wife, Whirlygirl, Hamlet, Law & Order and SVU. Training: North Carolina School of the Arts.

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.

This production has been generously sponsored by

Hope Holiner & Michael Wolkowitz

Stacey Gillis Weber & Jeff Weber

Anita Keal & Morton Wolkowitz


With additional support from

George Minkoff

Richard & Stephanie Solar