John Marshall faces off against Thomas Jefferson in playwright David Robbins’ ‘The King of Crimes’ – playing this week

Energetic and impassioned, Richmond author and playwright David L. Robbins seems as if he’s enthusiastic about pretty much everything.

But he was definitely not enthusiastic when The John Marshall Foundation approached him with the possibility of writing a play about Marshall, specifically the Aaron Burr treason trial that Marshall presided over. Oh, and the foundation wanted it to be a production that would appeal to high school students, attorneys and the public at large.

photo credit: Daniel Sangjib Min | Times Dispatch