Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, Patrick Page, Chike Johnson, Ashley Williams and more will join previously announced stars Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Dalton Thompson and John Douglas Thompson in the new stage adaptation of John Grisham’s bestselling novel A Time to Kill. Adapted for the stage by Rupert Holmes and directed by Ethan McSweeny, the production begins performances September 28, with an official opening night set for October 20 at Broadway’s Golden Theatre. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
A Time to Kill will feature Arcelus as Jack Brigance, Fred Dalton Thompson as Judge Noose, John Douglas Thompson as Carl Lee Hailey, Pinkins as Gwen Hailey, Page as Rufus Buckley, Johnson as Ozzie Walls and Williams as Ellen Roark. The cast will also include Dashiell Eaves (A Behanding in Spokane) as Pete Willard/DR Musgrove, J.R. Horne (The Crucible) as Mr. Pate, John Procaccino (An Enemy of the People) as Drew Tyndale/WT Bass, Tijuana Ricks (TV’s The Carrie Diaries) as Court Reporter and Lee Sellars (West Side Story) as Cobb/Rhodeheaver.
Set in Ford County, Mississippi, A Time to Kill tells the story of a young, idealistic lawyer (Arcelus) who defends a black man, Carl Lee Hailey (John Douglas Thompson), for taking the law into his own hands following an unspeakable crime committed against his young daughter. The small town is thrown into upheavel as Jack finds himself arguing against the formidable district attorney, Rufus Buckley, and goes under attack from both sides of a racially divided city.
Pinkins earned a Tony Award for Jelly’s Last Jam and received additional nominations for Play On! and Caroline, Or Change. Her additional Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, The Wild Party and Radio Golf. Her film and TV credits include Army Wives and As the World Turns. Page’s Broadway credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Julius Caesar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Kentucky Cycle, A Man For All Seasons, Spider-Man and Cyrano de Bergerac. His film and TV credits include The Substance of Fire and The Good Wife. Johnson appeared on Broadway in Wit. His film and TV credits include The Machinist and Friends with Benefits. Williams appeared in Street Scene and The Blue Bird at Williamstown Theater Festival. Her film and TV credits include Good Morning Miami, How I Met Your Mother, Something Borrowed, Saving Grace, Side Order of Life, Huff and Margin Call.