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.
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