‘Kill’ gets time at Arena

Stage version of Grisham novel on D.C. theater's slate

The 2010-11 season at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage includes a new stage version of John Grisham novel “A Time to Kill,” in a run billed as a pre-Broadway world preem.

Adapted by Main Stem vet Rupert Holmes (“Curtains,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”), the production already has commercial producer Daryl Roth (“Love, Loss and What I Wore,” “Curtains”) attached.

Plot of “Time to Kill” centers on the trial of a man accused of committing murders to avenge his daughter. The 1989 novel has previously been adapted into a 1996 pic that starred Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson. The stage version — running May 6-June 19, 2011 — is produced by the Arena by special arrangement with Roth.

Also on the Arena slate for next season are Anna Deveare Smith solo outing “Let Me Down Easy,” Mary Zimmerman’s staging of “The Arabian Nights” and the Steppenwolf Theater Company production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” starring Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.

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