Auditions for A Time to Kill

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The Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “A Time to Kill”, written by Rupert Holmes based on the John Grisham Novel and directed by Joe Albert Lima. “A Time to Kill” is a Justice on trial in black and white in small southern town.


Tuesday and Wednesday 12/1 &12/2 at 7:30PM and Sunday 12/6 at 4:00PM


Tuesday and Wednesday 12/8 and 12?9 at 7:30PM (by invitation only)


Friday, March 11th thru Saturday, April 9th (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with possible Wednesday and Thursdays)


A 10 old black girl is raped, her avenging father is now on trial. A young lawyer fights for the father’s life in the middle of a media storm, where justice is the victim.


(11 Males 3 Females and 3 roles that could be cast as either gender.)

All the characters speak in a deep southern dialect with the exception of Ellen Roark,who should have a New England accent.

Jake Tyler Brigance – {Caucasian Male; 30s to early 40’s.} a promising small-town Mississippi defense attorney called upon to defend an African-American man accused of murdering two white men, smart and street smart, but unprepared for the challenges of the racially charged trial and the notoriety it brings him.

DA Rufus Buckley – (Caucasian Male, 40’s to 60’s) the star prosecutor of the trial, confident he will turn a conviction into a ticket to the Governor’s office, loves the spotlight, cunning and smooth.

Carl Lee Hailey – (African American; mid 30s to early 40’s) Vietnam veteran, plays by the rules; his young daughter is raped by two rednecks.

Lucien Wilbanks – (Caucasian Male; late 50s-60s.} Liberal Southern attorney, the William Kuenstler of Mississippi, now disbarred and usually inebriated.

Ellen Roark – (Female; mid-20s to very early 30’s.) Bright law student, daughter of a leading Boston civil defense attorney, getting her degree at Ole Miss, winsome and admirably ambitious.

Sheriff Ossie Walls – (African American 30’s to 40’s.} The first black sheriff in a predominantly white Mississippi county. Tough and fair. He upholds the law regardless of race.

Judge Omar Noose – (Caucasian Male or Female Late 50’s Plus.) droll circuit court Judge, has no patience for lawyers. Crabby, drinks vodka on the bench.

Gwen Hailey – (African-American Female 30’s) – Carl Lee’s wife. Loyal and supportive of her husband, but has strong opinions about his actions and his defense.

Deputy Pate – (Caucasian 50s – 60s.} Venerable court clerk who has seen it all. Looks after the Judge.

Dr. W. T. Bass – (Caucasian Male 40’s to 60”s) Alcoholic psychiatrist – expert witness at the trial.

Drew Tyndale – (Caucasian Male or Female 30’s plus) is a public defender assigned to Willard and Billy Ray Cobb.

Billy Ray Cobb – (Caucasian 20’s to 30’s.} Uneducated racist who confesses to raping a young African-American girl

Pete Willard – {Caucasian 20’s to 30’s.} Uneducated racist who confesses to raping a young African-American girl

ADA Musgrove – {Caucasian Male 20’s to 40’s) the bookish ADA to DA Buckley

Terrell Grist – (Caucasian Male 20’s to 30’s.) Klan member sent to bomb Jake’s home.

Dr. Rodeheaver – (Caucasian Male or Female 40’s to 50’s.} Psychiatrist brought in to testify at the trial.

Norma – (Race and age are open.} The court reporter.

For more information or directions, call 845-353-1313 or visit

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