What is the true meaning of justice? That is the question posed to audiences in A Time to Kill. For all you John Grisham fans, now is the time to see his first novel A Time to Kill brought to life in its world premiere at Arena Stage! A Time to Kill runs May 6 to June 19, 2011 in the Kreeger Theater.
A Time to Kill depicts a Mississippi town’s upheaval when Carl Lee Hailey takes the law into his own hands following an unspeakable crime committed against his daughter. Now on trial for murder, Carl Lee’s only hope lies with one young, idealistic lawyer Jake Brigance, who is outmatched by the formidable district attorney, Rufus Buckley, and under attack from both sides of a racially divided city.
Though written more than 20 years ago, the themes of justice and revenge expressed in A Time to Kill remain relevant in today’s world. Projections designed by Jeff Sugg and displayed on 1980s-type television sets reinforce the trial as a media sensation, and a turntable set designed by James Noone helps tell the story in and out of the courtroom.
By special arrangement with Daryl Roth and adapted for the stage by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), A Time to Kill brings the heat of the Deep South to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Directed by Ethan McSweeny (Broadway’s Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man”).
“Growing up in D.C., quite a few of my formative theater experiences were at Arena Stage,” shared McSweeny, “so it is a special honor to be a part of the inaugural season in the beautiful new Mead Center. Inside the thriller that is A Time to Kill is an intriguing moral question: is vigilante justice ever permissible? And do we want to live in a world like that? I’m hoping audiences come away with not only a powerful piece of theater, but also something that will spark debate on the way home.”
“Producing a work that asks big questions about how we live in the world takes a dynamic team,” Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith said. “Rupert Holmes and Ethan McSweeny are an ideal duo to take on this powerful courtroom drama. Daryl Roth, a committed and bold producer, brought this potential project to Arena over a year ago, and we have been thrilled to work together on the birth of this new play.”
The Cast of A Time to Kill features Sebastian Arcelus as the defense attorney Jake Brigance (recently seen on Broadway starring in Elf and Jersey Boys), Dion Graham as Carl Lee Hailey (Marcus Gardley’s On the Levee at Lincoln Center), Rosie Benton as Jake’s youthful law clerk Ellen Roark (seen at Arena last season in Stick Fly and in Broadway’s Accent on Youth), Erin Davie as Jake’s wife Carla Brigance (Broadway’s A Little Night Music) and Brennan Brown as Rufus Buckley (The Persians in New York, directed by McSweeny). The distinguished cast is rounded out by Jeffrey M. Bender, Trena Bolden Fields, Jonathan Lincoln Fried, Deborah Hazlett, Joe Isenberg, Chike Johnson, Michael Marcan, Hugh Nees, Evan Thompson and John C. Vennema.
May 6 through June 19
Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
Weekday matinees at noon on 5/24, 5/25 & 6/1.
Arena Stage, Mead Center
1101 Sixth Street, S.W.,
Tickets start at $55 plus applicable fees, subject to change, based on availability. Discount tickets are available for patrons purchasing tickets for multiple shows, students and groups of 10 or more. A limited number of $15 tickets for patrons age 30 and under go on sale each Monday for performances that week. (All patrons must present valid ID.) HOTTIX, a limited number of half-price, day-of-performance tickets, are available 30 minutes before every performance. With Metro Mondays, patrons who present a SmarTrip or Metro card can purchase half-price tickets for the week’s performances after noon on Mondays while supplies last. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 202-488-3300 or at the Sales Office at 1101 Sixth St., SW, D.C.
Sales Office/Subscriptions: 202-488-3300
Group Sales Hotline for 10+ Tickets: 202-488-4380
TTY for deaf patrons: 202-484-0247
Info for patrons with disabilities: 202-488-3300
A Time to Kill Special Events, Ticket Information and Performance Calendar
The A Time to Kill Salon—Monday, June 13, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
In the spirit of artistic and literary salons of the past, the Arena Stage Salon offers a place for our audiences to engage and discuss the material presented on stage. Each salon features a panel of exciting and knowledgeable individuals—from academics and community leaders to our talented casts and artistic teams. These panels address a topic pertinent to the content of the current production and offer a space for lively, in-depth conversation. The A Time to Kill Salon will take place at 8:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Reservations and more information can be obtained through the Arena Stage Sales Office at 202-488-3300.
Southwest Night—Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
An invitation is extended to our Southwest D.C. neighbors to buy $25 tickets, plus applicable fees, for one designated performance of each production. Proof of Southwest D.C. residency—or continued employment—for each audience member of each party must be presented at the time of purchase. Tickets are limited to four per person and are based on availability. To purchase tickets, call 202-488-3300 or stop by the Arena Stage Sales Office. Plays and dates are subject to change.