By Stuart J. Pearlman, TSB Staff
Until his senior year at McKinney High School in the late 1960’s Jerry Biggs had no idea what lay in store for him. It was then that a teacher convinced Biggs to take a speech class.
Which led to the school play.
Which led to a career on the stage and in front of the camera.
“It was the first time in my life that somebody showed me that there was something I could do,” said Biggs, “and it changed my life.”
One of Biggs’ earliest roles in college was his portrayal of Mark Twain. A fellow student was so impressed she wrote an entire (musical) stage production around the character and took it on the road.
“Mark Twain does not sing or dance,” said Biggs.
Eventually Biggs would convert the Twain production to a one-man-show.
“I got rid of the singers and dancers,” he said. “It was a matter of economy.”
While Twain has always remained one of his favorite characters, Biggs spent the next several decades enjoying a career in front of the camera in roles pairing him with the likes of Robert Duval (Lonesome Dove), Kirstie Alley, Chad Everett, Mimi Rogers, Jim Varney and Larry Hagman (Dallas).
Listen in as Biggs recounts his storied career and what led him back to the stage portraying the often larger than life Mark Twain – again.
This weekend Jerry Biggs comes home as the McKinney Repertory Theatre presents him in Twain, Again at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. For tickets you can go online or call 214.544.4630.
Performances are July 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $22 for the performance only, tickets including admission to a “Meet and Greet” after the show are $29.00. The McKinney Performing Arts Center is located at 111 N. Tennessee Street on the square in McKinney.
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Stuart J. Pearlman is a Marketing and Communications Consultant living in McKinney. His video column, Stuart J’s Lens can be seen weekly on TownSquareBuzz.com. Follow Stuart on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.