When the stage version of John Grisham's "A Time To Kill" opens Oct. 24 at the Powerhouse Theatre at Waveny Park in New Canaan, it will mark a series of firsts.

"A Time To Kill" was Grisham's first novel and is the first to be adapted for the stage, by Rupert Holmes. Fresh from its 2013 Broadway run, the play's first Connecticut production will be staged by the Town Players of New Canaan.

"Being first means we're under a microscope," director Julie Bell Petrak said. "For example, when we decided to depict the presiding judge as a woman, John Grisham and Rupert Holmes not only considered and approved our request, but specified that the judge's name be changed from Omar Noose to Olga Noose. And, we recently learned that Rupert Holmes will attend the show."

"A Time To Kill" is about the murder trial of a loving black father who avenges his daughter's vicious rape by drugged-up white racists.

"It was powerful and affecting on Broadway, but we think it can be even more powerful in our intimate 115-seat theatre," Petrak said. "Many in our brilliant cast and design team have extensive professional backgrounds, and we're confident that they will deliver an amazing theatrical experience."

The play opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and continues every Friday and Saturday evening until Nov. 8. There will be Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 1.

For performance dates, photos, video and online ticketing, visit www.tpnc.org. For phone reservations, call the Town Players' box office at 203-966-7371.