PHOTO CALL: Sebastian Arcelus and Erin Davie in A Time to Kill at Arena Stage

By Matthew Blank
May 16, 2011

Broadway's Sebastian Arcelus and Erin Davie star in A Time to Kill, Arena Stage's world-premiere stage adaptation of the novel by John Grisham. Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes penned the script.



Arcelus plays defense attorney Jake Brigance in the race-related, Southern-set courtroom drama; Broadway's Erin Davie (Grey Gardens, A Little Night Music) plays his wife, Carla; Dion Graham (Marcus Gardley's On the Levee at Lincoln Center) plays defendant Carl Lee Hailey.

The Ethan McSweeny-directed production runs to June 19 in Arena's Kreeger Theatre in the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC. Opening night is May 22.

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," according to Arena. "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."

Here is a first look at the show:



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Sebastian Arcelus, Evan Thompson, Hugh Nees, Brennan Brown and Chiké Johnson
Photo by Joan Marcus



The cast of A Time to Kill also features the respected character actor Evan Thompson (Broadway's 1776, City of Angels and An American Daughter) as Judge Omar Noose; Rosie Benton (Broadway's Accent on Youth) as young law clerk Ellen; Brennan Brown (The Persians and Pinter's The Celebration Off-Broadway) as the D.A.; plus Jeffrey M. Bender, Trena Bolden Fields, Jonathan Lincoln Fried, Deborah Hazlett, Joe Isenberg, Chike Johnson, Michael Marcan, Hugh Nees and John C. Vennema.

The production team of A Time to Kill includes costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer York Kennedy, sound designer Lindsay Jones, fight director David Leong, dialect consultant Lynn Watson, wig designer Anne Nesmith, stage manager Susan R. White, assistant stage manager Amber Dickerson, and New York casting by Tara Rubin Casting.

For tickets and information, visit www.arenastage.org.