Emmy-winning film and TV star Tom Skerritt will make his Broadway debut in A Time to Kill, the new stage adaptation of John Grisham’s bestselling novel. 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.
Skerritt completes a cast that will include previously announced stars Sebastian Arcelus as Jack Brigance, Dashiell Eaves as Pete Willard/DR Musgrove, J.R. Horne as Mr. Pate, Chike Johnson as Ozzie Walls, Patrick Page as Rufus Buckley, Tonya Pinkins as Gwen Hailey, John Procaccino as Drew Tyndale/WT Bass, Tijuana Ricks as Court Reporter, Lee Sellars as Cobb/Rhodeheaver/Grist, Fred Dalton Thompson as Judge Noose, John Douglas Thompson as Carl Lee Hailey and Ashley Williams as Ellen Roark. Skerritt will play Lucien Wilbanks, a former civil rights lawyer who serves as a mentor for Jack Brigance (Arcelus).
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 upheaval as Jack finds himself arguing against the formidable district attorney, Rufus Buckley, and goes under attack from both sides of a racially divided city.
Skerritt won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Sheriff Jimmy Brock on the TV series Picket Fences. His additional film and TV credits include Brothers & Sisters, MASH, Steel Magnolias, Alien, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It, Up In Smoke, For Sale by Owner, Leverage, Huff, Ted, Wings and Soda Springs. He will play Ulysses S. Grant in the forthcoming film Field of Lost Shoes.