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Set in Ford County, Mississippi, A Time to Kill tells the emotional story of a young, idealistic lawyer who defends a black man, Carl Lee Hailey, 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 Jake finds himself arguing against the formidable district attorney, Rufus Buckley, and goes under attack from both sides of a racially divided city.

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Performances ended on Nov. 17, 2013.

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About A Time To Kill on Broadway

Previews: Sep 28, 2013 • Opening: Oct 20, 2013 • Closing: Nov 17, 2013
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John Golden Theatre John Golden Theatre
252 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Reservations not necessary for assisted listening devices, but can be made by calling Sound Associates at 212.582.7678.
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Four ADA Compliant seats with companion seating, transfer options are available.
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What Is the Story of A Time to Kill?
Based on John Grisham’s bestselling novel, A Time to Kill tells the story of Jake Brigance, an idealistic white lawyer from Ford County, Mississippi, who sits in on a harrowing court case: A 10-year-old black girl named Tonya Hailey was brutally raped and beaten by two white men. Jake is shaken by the testimony of the girl’s father, Carl Lee Hailey, but when Carl takes the law into his own hands in the courtroom, the grieving father is suddenly under arrest and facing a trial of his own. Carl begs Jake to represent him, and although it’s a tough case, the young lawyer agrees to fight for the justice of Tonya, Carl and their family. With the help of his oft-inebriated mentor Lucien Wilbanks and a bright young law student named Ellen Roark, Brigance goes head to head against district attorney Rufus Buckley. As the controversial trial shakes the town to its core, Brigance finds himself—and his own beloved family—under attack.


A collection of our favorite reviews from professional news sources.

"With performers on the level of John Douglas Thompson and [Patrick] Page, you can be guaranteed a certain complement of gripping exchanges and stirring orations."


Scott Brown

"[Tom] Skerritt nicely pulls off a charming disgraced and drunken lawyer and [Fred Dalton] Thompson is a sure-footed judge, perfectly cast."

Associated Press

Mark Kennedy

"[Page] wraps himself in Southern smarm, wielding an oily smile and lowering his voice to a fiendish basso croak. At a recent preview, he had the audience eating out of his hand—that is, rooting solidly against him."

USA Today

Elysa Gardner

"James Noone’s expressive set, made almost entirely of polished wood and sensuously curved like the staves of a barrel, has the mellow glow (provided by lighting designer Jeff Croiter) you’d expect to find in an old country courthouse in the Deep South."


Marilyn Stasio

"[John Douglas] Thompson lends a palpable weight and gravity to his performance as Carl Lee, whose belief that his actions were justified makes him squirm with anguish at the idea that he’ll hang for his crimes."

The New York Times

Charles Isherwood

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Jake Brigance
Carl Lee Hailey
Tonya Pinkins
Gwen Hailey
Lucien Wilbanks
Rufus Buckley
Chike Johnson
Ozzie Walls
Ashley Williams
Ellen Roark


Based on the novel by
John Grisham
Adapted by
Rupert Holmes
Ethan McSweeny
Set Designer
James Noone
Costume Designer
David C. Woolard
Lighting Designer
Jeff Croiter
Sound Designer
Lindsay Jones
Projection Designer
Jeff Sugg
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