Grisham's 'A Time to Kill' being adapted for stage

Production will have worldwide premiere next year

NEW YORK -- A stage adaptation of John Grisham's first novel, "A Time to Kill," will have its world premiere next year in Washington in what is being billed as a "pre-Broadway" production.

Arena Stage's artistic director Molly Smith said Thursday the play will run May 6, 2011, through June 19, 2011, at Arena's Kreeger Theater. The bestselling novel will be adapted by Rupert Holmes, who wrote the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."

"A Time to Kill" concerns the murder trial of a father who takes the law into his own hands after his daughter is raped. A 1996 film version starred Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson.

The play is being presented in Washington by arrangement with Daryl Roth, a New York producer.