John Tillinger to Direct Tony Lo Bianco in Dramatic Off-Broadway Double-Bill

By Adam Hetrick
August 27, 2012

Tony Award nominee Tony Lo Bianco will star in a 2013 Off-Broadway double-bill of Martin Halpern's What the Babe Said and Joint Return, producers announced Aug. 27.



Tony-nominated director John Tillinger (Loot, Night Must Fall, Love Letters) is attached to direct the two one-act plays that are produced by Tony nominee Jeff Britton (The Me Nobody Knows).

Performances are expected to begin in early 2013. A theatre and dates of production have not been announced.

Here's how the plays are billed:

"A behind-the-scenes look at baseball, What the Babe Said co-stars Lo Bianco as Sal Salerno, an Italian American Baseball Manager at odds with his veteran center fielder, Buck Benson, for failing to hustle like he should in the Major Leagues.

"In Joint Return, Lo Bianco plays Ben, an author and college professor, visiting his estranged wife Ann, in the New England house they once shared, to complete their final tax return. As revelations of infidelities and suppressed emotions pile up, so does the snow outside."

Lo Bianco earned a Tony Award nomination for the 1983 revival of A View from the Bridge. His screen appearances include "The Honeymoon Killers," "God Told Me To," "The French Connection,"Get Smart," "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Twilight Zone."

Additional casting will be announced at a later date.