Higgins Is Big Bill at Williamstown, Beginning July 2

News   Higgins Is Big Bill at Williamstown, Beginning July 2 John Michael Higgins will star at one-time tennis titan "Big Bill" Tilden in the Williamstown Theatre Festival's world premiere of A.R. Gurney's new drama ,Big Bill, running July 2-13.

David Cromwell, Stephen Rowe and Margaret Welsh are also in the cast. Mark Lamos directs. The show plays on the Nikos Stage.

The play is a rare venture into historical drama for Gurney, who is known for his WASP-populated comedies like Later Life, Labor Day and The Fourth Wall. Tilden dominated courts during the 1920s and was also a successful journalist, writing about the sport. His life was triumphant until he was arrested for homosexuality and henceforth shunned by the public and the sport he loved. He died broke and alone in 1953.

Higgins is known for wry performances in such films as "Best in Show" and Off-Broadway in Tiny Alice. Rowe is also an Albee veteran, and was recently on Broadway in Albee's The Goat.

Big Bill's design includes sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Jess Goldstein and lights by Rui Rita.

For tickets, call (413) 597-3400.