The novel was previously adapted as a film starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kiefer Sutherland, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey. The story centers on a black man who is being tried for killing two white men who raped his young daughter.
The Arena Stage said the play version was written by Rupert Holmes and will be presented by special arrangement with Daryl Roth.
The first stage adaptation of a Grisham work is to begin performances at the Mead Center's restored Kreeger Theater May 6, 2011. The limited engagement is to run through June 19, 2011, the theater announced Thursday.