Chad Kimball to Star in Dan Gordon's Murder in the First Off-Broadway

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Tony Award nominee Chad Kimball will appear in the Off-Broadway production of Dan Gordon's courtroom drama "Murder in the First," based on his 1995 film, which will begin performances May 25 at 59E59 Theaters.

Chad Kimball
Chad Kimball

Gordon, who also penned Irena's Vow and the London stage adaptations of Terms of Endearment and Rain Man, based the play on his 1995 screenplay. Michael Parva will direct the drama that will officially open June 6 for a run through July 1. 

Kimball, a Tony nominee for Memphis, will play Willie, with Joe Adams as Houlihan, Guy Burnet as Henry, Richard Fiske as Swenson, Anthoula Katsimatides as Blanche, Darren Kelly s McNeil, Joe Lawless as Henken, Larisa Polonsky as Mary, Thomas Ryan as the Judge and John Stanisci as Byron.

You can read more about Kimball in the Playbill Vault.

Here's how 59E59 Theaters bills the play: "Inspired by a compelling true story, Murder In the First is a gripping drama about the murder trial that blew open the deplorable treatment of the prisoners at Alcatraz, the most notorious correctional institution in U.S. history. The stage version of Dan Gordon's 1995 film explores the unlikely friendship that develops between the young, idealistic attorney and the prisoner that he was brought in to defend."

The design team includes Mark Nayden (set design), David Castaneda (lighting design), Tristan Raines (costume design), Quentin Chiappetta (original music and sound design) and Leah Loukas (hair/wig design).

The Directors Company, in association with Chase Mishkin, Barbara & Buddy Freitag and Invictus Theater Company present the run.

Tickets are available by phoning (212) 279-4200 or online at

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