Schedule A Time to Kill
It is time, it is time to see John Grisham's book, A Time to Kill, transformed into a captivating
play on stage at the John Golden Theater in New York. According to John Grisham, "Rupert Holmes did an excellent job of translating
it from page to stage!" As the writer of the play's adaption, it does not get better than receiving compliments from no other
than the author himself. Not only is the proclamation by John Grisham a hat tip to Holmes, it also serves as evidence to audiences
that if you like the novel, then you will also enjoy the play. In 2011, the play had its pre-Broadway premiere at the Arena
Stage in Washington, D.C.. The present previews start on September 28, while it opens on October 20 and ends on November 17.
The run time is two hours and thirty minutes and audiences may enjoy both matinee and evening showings. If one has not read
the book, do take into consideration that the play covers sensitive subject matter that may not be suitable for younger audience
A Plot for Justice
It has be said that A Time to Kill is one of the greatest courtroom dramas,
much like the motion picture and play, Twelve Angry Men. The Broadway play, A Time to Kill, is an adaptation of John Grisham's
bestselling novel by the same title. It takes place in a small Mississippi town that is torn by a racial divide. A young black
girl is violently attacked in this context, leaving her father desperate to take measures into his own hands. In spite of
the harsh and stark divide between races, a forward-thinking white attorney steps up to find justice for both the family and
Trivia on John Grisham
The play, A Time to Kill, is the first one of John Grisham's novels
to be adapted for the stage. It is no doubt that A Time To Kill is one of the popular contemporary novels. Interestingly,
John Grisham has written a new book called Sycamore Row that takes readers back to the Mississippi courthouse to deal with
yet another controversial trial that forces that community to face its tortured history checkered with racial tensions. There
is no doubt it will be well-received by American audiences and cold one day find its way adapted for the Broadway stage in
conjunction with A Time to Kill.
Who is this master of legal thrillers? John Grisham is not a uniformed writer of courtroom
fiction; he is a former employee of a small law practice in Mississippi. He was born to a construction worker and homemaker,
but worked is way through University and graduated with a degree in law from Ole Miss in 1981. Interestingly, John Grisham
was elected to the stage House of Representatives and served until 1990. He was inspired to write A Time To Kill after overhearing
a story of a young rape victim. A Time to Kill was rejected by numerous publishers before being picked up. He next wrote the
Firm, which was quickly picked up by Paramount Pictures and became a bestselling novel. Since A Time to Kill, Grisham had
written one book (all international best sellers!) each year. It is quite an impressive and long list that includes: The Pelican
Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren,
A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing for Pizza,
The Appeal, The Associate, The Confession and The Litigators. In addition to his writing, John Grisham is devoted to charitable
causes like the Rebuild the Coast Fund that helped following the devastation in the Gulf Coast caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The love of baseball that followed him since childhood led to him creating his own Field of Dreams. John Grisham has built
six ball fields on his property and invites over 300 children and Little League teams to play ball.
Cast of A
Time to Kill
The cast is key to making any stage production reflect the brilliance of the book from which it was adapted
and the adaptation itself. The cast includes Tom Skerritt, who is an Emmy award-winning actor and making his Broadway debut
in A Time to Kill. Patrick Page, Chike Johnson and Tonya Pinkins accompany Skerritt on stage.
A Time to Kill
and its Creative Team
The creative team successfully adapted John Grisham's A Time To Kill for a wonderfully enjoyable
stage performance. The adaptation, written by the Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes, is directed by Ethan McSweeny and produced
by Daryl Roth and Eva Price. The great design crew (scenic, costume, lighting, sound and projection) includes: James Noone,
David Woolard, Jeff Croiter, Lindsay Jones and Jeff Sugg. The combined efforts and talent of both the cast and creative team
certainly did justice for John Grisham's courtroom drama first Broadway debut.