Arnie Burton 39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher
RACHEL DRATCH SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
SEAN DUGANNEXT FALL, SMASH
Tom Galantich House of Cards
Nate SmithUCB, FunnyOrDie.com
"An amusing theatrical blunder reel!"
Times Out New York
Politics is dirty - but politicians are dirtier.
The truth is laid hysterically bare in Tail! Spin!, a wildly inventive new comedy drawn verbatim from the leaked e-mails, raunchy texts and tell-tale tweets that brought down politicians Anthony ("I Was Hacked") Weiner, Mark ("Appalachian Trail") Sanford, Larry ("Wide Stance") Craig and Mark ("Underage Page") Foley.
Using only the actual words of the disgraced politicians, their paramours and the skeptical media they tried so hard to spin, Tail! Spin! winningly weaves an intricate, overlapping narrative of the power of sex-and the sex lives of the powerful.
Created by Mario Correa (host of SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio and contributor to NPR & WNYC) and directed by Tony®-nominee Dan Knechtges (Lysistrata Jones, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Tail! Spin! features a cast of five including Arnie Burton (39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher), Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Sean Dugan (Next Fall, Smash ), Tom Galantich (House of Cards) and Nate Smith (UCB, FunnyOrDie.com).
CAST & CREATIVE BIOS
ARNIE BURTON (Representative Mark Foley, et al.)
39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher
Broadway: Machinal, Peter and the Starcatcher, The 39 Steps, A Free Man of Color, Amadeus. Off-Broadway: The Mystery of Irma Vep (Drama League nomination), The Temperamentals (Drama Desk award), The Explorers Club, Mere Mortals, The Last Sunday in June, The Jew of Malta/The Merchant of Venice. Upcoming: Lives of the Saints (David Ives). U.K.: The Merchant of Venice (RSC). Regional: A lot. TV: “Frasier,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Life on Mars,” “6 Degrees,” “Hope and Faith,” and upcoming “Flesh and Bone.” Film: The Invention of Lying, Igby Goes Down, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.
RACHEL DRATCH (Wives, Tails, Beards and Barbara Walters)
Saturday Night Live
Rachel Dratch was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” for seven years. Dratch started out at the Second City Theater in Chicago, where she co-created and performed in four revues on the Mainstage, and received two Joseph Jefferson awards. Select Theater: Minsky's, Sylvia, Celebrity Autobiography, Love's Labour's Lost (Shakespeare in the Park). She also participates in the 24-Hour Plays every year here in NYC. TV: “Broad City,” “The Middle,” "King of Queens,” “Suburgatory,” “Monk,” “Ugly Betty,” “30 Rock.” Film: Down with Love, Click, Just Go with It. Her book Girl Walks into a Bar was published in 2012.
SEAN DUGAN (Senator Larry Craig, et al.)
Next Fall, Smash
Broadway: Next Fall (Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: The Illusion, Next Fall, The English Channel, Perfect Harmony, BFF, Nerds: The Musical, Valhalla, Flesh and Blood, Corpus Christi and Shakespeare's R&J. Regional: Alley Theatre, Chautauqua Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Round House Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, The Old Globe, and American Repertory Theater. Film: Dinner@40, Stephen King's A Good Marriage, Victoriana, Gigantic, Trust the Man, Company Man, Overnight Sensation. Television: “The Lottery,” “Smash,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “I Just Want My Pants Back,” “The Good Wife,” “Fringe,” “Law & Order: SVU” & “Criminal Intent,” “Oz.”
TOM GALANTICH (Governor Mark Sanford, et al.)
House of Cards
Broadway: Don’t Dress for Dinner, Boeing Boeing, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mamma Mia!, The Boys From Syracuse, City of Angels, Into the Woods. Off-Broadway: The Preacher and the Shrink, Distracted, Ghosts, Biography, A Doll’s Life, On the 20th Century. Film: Julie and Julia, Watching TV with the Red Chinese, and short films Tracks and Let it Ring. TV: “House of Cards,” “Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “Smash,” “Made in Jersey,” “Royal Pains,” Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Ed,” “Chappelle’s Show,” “The Cosby Mysteries,” “One Life To Live,” “All My Children,” “Another World”.
NATE SMITH (Representative Anthony Weiner, et al.)
Nate Smith originated his role in Tail! Spin! during the 2012 NYC Fringe Festival. TV and film credits include: “Modern Family,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Happy Endings,” the Comedy Central pilot “BlackJack,” feature films Hello Lonesome, and the forthcoming Me Him Her, Hits, and Ready or Knot. He can be found acting like a brilliant idiot in sketches for funnyordie, collegehumor, ucbcomedy, and elsewhere online. Nate has been a regular improv and sketch performer at the UCB Theater since 2006. In addition to acting, Nate has worked as a writer, director and editor in comedy, advertising and in documentary films. www.natesmithnews.com.
JOSH EAKRIGHT (Male understudy)
Josh is an actor, writer, and comedian from Chicago. Most recently, he wrote and performed sociopolitical satire for The Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. Josh studied at The Second City, iO, and UCB. He is grateful for this opportunity and for the support of his beautiful wife and daughter.
HELEN COXE (Female understudy)
Originally from Philadelphia. M.F.A from A.C.T. Proud member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre.
MARIO CORREA (Playwright)
who came with his family from Chile at age seven, cut his teeth as a Congressional aide before trading in political theater for the entertainment kind. Theater: Tail! Spin! (GLAAD Media Awards nominee, Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Theater); Commander (Runner-up, National Latino Playwrights Award). TV: “Whoa! Sunday with Mo Rocca” (Animal Planet); “The Fabulist” (E!); “PowerHouse” (NBC4 Washington). Film: Electoral Dysfunction (PBS). Radio: “Entertainment Weekly Radio” on SiriusXM; NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday”; WNYC’s “Soundcheck” and “RelationShow”; PRI’s “Fair Game.”
DAN KNECHTGES (Director)
Broadway: Lysistrata Jones (direction/choreography), Xanadu (directed by Chris Ashley, Tony/Drama Desk nomination), Sondheim on Sondheim (directed by James Lapine), 110 in The Shade (starring Audra McDonald), and …Spelling Bee (directed by James Lapine). Off-Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along for Encores! (directed by James Lapine); Vanities at Second Stage; and Lysistrata Jones for Transport Group. International: Der Schuh Das Manitu (Berlin, Germany). Regional theatre includes La Jolla Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Theatreworks Palo Alto, Dallas Theatre Center, Goodspeed, Centerstage, Papermill Playhouse, Hangar Theatre, Surflight Theatre, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Illinois. Dan serves on the executive board of SDC. www.danknechtges.com.
CAITE HEVNER KEMP (Scenic and Projection Design)
Select Credits: Off-Broadway: My Mother Has 4 Noses (The Duke on 42nd Street), Honky (Urban Stages), Triassic Parq (SoHo Playhouse), Jukebox Jackie (La Mama), Son of a Gun (Theater Row). New York: The Little Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, Ars Nova, The Civilians, The Juilliard School, The Flea Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, Studio 42. Regional: Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Playmakers Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, ArtsEmerson, Chautauqua Theater Company, Marin Theatre Company, Greenwich Music Festival. www.caitekemp.com.
JENNIFER CAPRIO (Costume Design)
Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Tours: Joseph…Dreamcoat, …Spelling Bee. Select NYC: The Lion (Manhattan Theatre Club), Little Miss Sunshine (Second Stage), In Transit (Primary Stages), Buddy’s Tavern (York), and Striking 12 (Daryl Roth). Opera: Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Boston, Mill City Summer Opera. Regional: Papermill Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival, Goodspeed Opera House, La Jolla Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Barrington Stage Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Asolo Rep, Bucks County Playhouse, and others.
RYAN O’GARA (Lighting Designer)
Select credits: New York: play/date, USELESS, Lady Day, Moses of Egypt, Chix-6, Pinkolandia, PS Jones, THE RIDE, New Victory, Sonnet Repertory, Lincoln Center Festival, Westbeth, Bristol Riverside, and Capital Repertory. Dance: American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Hispanico, MOMIX, Cedar Lake. Corporate: “Celebrity Apprentice,” Michael Kors’ Jet Set Launch in Shanghai, Antonio Banderas Fragrance Launch, Nike Rockstar Workout. Associate Lighting Designer on Broadway for 20 productions. Graduate of UNCSA. www.ryanogara.com.
JOHN EMMETT O’BRIEN (Sound Design)
Recent/upcoming: Gods and Kings (dir. Katherine Martin/Other Mirror Theatre), Ndebele Funeral (dir. Awoye Timpo/Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative), Massacre (dir. Tamilla Woodard/Pace University). Other designs: When We Met (dir. Eric Hoff/CAP21), Jericho (dir. Evan Bergman/New Jersey Rep & Directors Company), workshops of The Last Goodbye (dir. Alex Timbers), The Blonde Streak (dir. Jack Cummings III), The Rhythm Club and Tuck Everlasting (dir. Casey Nicholaw). Select assistant credits: Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Tony nom.), Fela! (Tony).
HENRY RUSSELL BERGSTEIN, CSA (Casting)
Broadway: The Lyons. Theater: The Landing; Checkers; Middletown; The Metal Children; Wig Out!; Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812; 3C; Gorilla Man. Film: It Felt Like Love, 3rd Street Blackout; w/Douglas Aibel: Hungry Hearts, Quitters, A Good Marriage; w/Allison Estrin: Outskirts, Jack of the Red Hearts; as Associate w/Douglas Aibel: Grand Budapest Hotel, While We’re Young, Sundowning, 99 Homes, Frances Ha, True Story, Moonrise Kingdom, The Immigrant, Limitless. TV: “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Friends of the People.”
TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting)
Broadway: The King and I, An American in Paris, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Last Ship, Love Letters, This Is Our Youth, If/Then, Motown, Kinky Boots, Rock of Ages, Wicked. Film: Focus, Into the Woods, Song One, The Last Five Years. TV: “Peter Pan Live!,” “Masters of Sex,” commercials. www.telseyandco.com
ABIGAIL STRANGE (Assistant Director)
Select Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love, Murder for Two, Dedalus Lounge, Nobody Suspects a Butterfly. Select NYC: The Last Goodbye, The Storytellers (FringeNYC ’13), Blanche (NYMF ’11, CapitalFringe ’12, FringeNYC ’12), Requiem for a Lost Girl (NYMF ’12). Select Regional: Guys & Dolls (Great Lakes Theater, SDC Observership). Proud member of AEA and SDC.
PRODUCTION CORE (Production Supervisor)
works with high-quality theatrical companies needing direction/support on the collaboration, planning and execution of the production process. Production Core is James E. Cleveland, Jared Goldstein, David Upton, Ron Grimshaw, Maggie Davis, Chasmin Hallyburton, Julie Shelton, Amber Mathis, S.M. Payson, Casey Rowe, Leah Vogel, Esti Bernstein, Katie Chai, Gayle Riess. www.productioncore.net.
TRISHA HENSON (Production Stage Manager)
Broadway: Orphans, Soul Doctor, The Road to Mecca, Harvey (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: The Tribute Artist, Olive and the Bitter Herbs (Primary Stages); The Divine Sister, Judith of Bethulia (DRTM); The Third Story (MCC); Water by the Spoonful (Second Stage); Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova).
MICHAEL FRIEDLANDER (Assistant Stage Manager)
Michael is thrilled to be a part of the Tail! Spin! team. Michael has worked on numerous Off-Broadway plays as well as Broadway benefits in NYC, and is a TACT adjunct company member. Michael would like to thank his family and friends for supporting him in such a rewarding career.
RICHARD KORNBERG & ASSOCIATES (Press Office)
Current clients include Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Joyce Theater, Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Pace University Schimmel Center, Transport Group, Soul Doctor, Gelsey Kirkland. Past productions include Fela!, Finnian’s Rainbow, Rent, Hairspray, I Am My Own Wife, Born Yesterday, Cry-Baby, Death of a Salesman, Dirty Blonde, The Crucible, Jekyll and Hyde.
JASON HAFT (Company Manager)
Credits include Evita (ACM/national tour), My Name Is Asher Lev, The Orion Experience, John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean, The Divine Sister (ACM). Previously, he worked in 321 Theatrical Management’s finance department on Wicked, Sister Act, Peter and the Starcatcher and Traces, and spent three seasons as Associate Producer of NYMF. NYU graduate.
DR THEATRICAL MANAGEMENT (General Manager)
Current: Buyer & Cellar (tour), The Belle of Amherst, Stalking the Bogeyman, Stars of David (tour), Wiesenthal, Billy & Ray (Vineyard Theatre), Sticks and Bones (The New Group). Past productions: Annapurna; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; My Name Is Asher Lev; The Divine Sister; The Jacksonian; The Temperamentals; Too Much Sun; Traces. DRTMNYC.com
BILLY ZAVELSON (Producer)
Broadway: The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Tony nomination), Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway (Tony Nomination). Off-Broadway: Tail! Spin! (FringeNYC). A native of Shaker Heights, OH, and a graduate of Ithaca College, Billy is also an entertainment publicist with Richard Kornberg & Associates.
MARIANNE MILLS (Producer)
Theatre: Beautiful, Of Mice and Men, 33 Variations, Catch Me If You Can, Burn the Floor, All My Sons, Lysistrata Jones, Frozen. She produced Tail! Spin! at FringeNYC2012 and is happy to bring it Off-Broadway. Board member, MCC and LAByrinth theaters. Love and thanks to my husband Steve.
BEN FELDMAN (Producer)
Broadway: Pippin (co-producer), Memphis (production counsel), Urinetown (representative of the musical), others. Film: The Understudy. Manhattan entertainment lawyer in TV/film/theatre. Co-Writer: Palm Beach (La Jolla Playhouse), Inventing Avi (Abingdon). Boards: Ars Nova, others. Published by CTI. Choate/Yale/NYU Law.
KRISTEN VINYON STEIN (Producer)
Kristen is the founder and managing director of Voices Carry, a daytime adult musical theatre workshop for amateurs in New York. She has produced several Broadway shows and is excited to be part of the Tail! Spin! team. She resides in New York City with her husband and four children.
FLYING BULLDOG PRODUCTIONS (Producer)
Philadelphia-based Kate Cipriano and Lis Kalogris are partners in Flying Bulldog Productions LLC, a tiny company with giant ideas. They conceive, develop and produce multi-arts projects focusing on universal issues. Currently they are working on In My Body, a concept musical, and are ecstatic to be part of Tail! Spin!.
PAULA KAMINSKY DAVIS (Producer)
Co-owner of Beam Reach Entertainment with Bruce Joseph: Becoming Dr. Ruth, Peter on Tour. Producer: Rock of Ages, Murder for Two. Associate Producer: Ann. Investor 54 Below, owner real estate and Gem Financial Services. Drama League Board Member. Patron of Roundabout Theatre, Actors Fund, Primary Stages and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
JEFFREY SOSNICK (Producer)
is an avid lifelong theatergoer. Tail! Spin! represents his initial effort as a producer. He thanks Billy Zavelson for inviting him along on this dramatic—yet comedic and highly entertaining—adventure.
NEAL RUBINSTEIN (Producer)
Three-time Emmy winner, five-time nominee. Broadway: On The Town, Disgraced, Hedwig…, Of Mice and Men, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Velocity of Autumn. Off-Broadway: Handle With Care, My Life Is a Musical. Associate Producer: Emmy Awards. Developing Aristophanes musical comedy Trojanz Not Required.
JAMIE deROY (Producer)
Broadway: Gentleman’s Guide… (Tony), Vanya & Sonia… (Tony), Cinderella, Nice Work…, The Addams Family, Finian’s Rainbow, The Norman Conquests (Tony), Ragtime, Blithe Spirit, The Seagull, Thurgood. Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway, Black Tie. TV: “Jamie deRoy & friends,” “CityArts.” Film: Broadway: The Golden Age.
CLIFFORD LEE JOHNSON III (Associate Producer)
is a producer, theatrical consultant and writer. He has worked with the Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, Manhattan Theatre Club, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Backstage and the National Constitution Center.
Founded by Allan Buchman in 1996, Culture Project has premiered celebrated shows including The Exonerated, Sarah Jones’ Bridge & Tunnel, Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, My Trip to Al-Qaeda, Tings Dey Happen, Betrayed, In Conflict, James X, And God Created Great Whales and Shaheed: The Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto.
Art imitates politics in off-Broadway play (msnbc)
Playwright Mario Correa talks about his new off-Broadway production "Tail! Spin!", which takes its plot lines from some of DC's most infamous sex scandals.read more
Q&A: Rachel Dratch (Time Out New York)
In her seven-year stint on Saturday Night Live, which she left in 2006, Rachel Dratch created many memorable characters, including buzzkiller Debbie Downer and overdemonstrative "luvah" Virginia Clarvin.read more
Mirthfully Channeling a Wronged Multitude (The New York Times)
The premise of “Tail! Spin!”, a stage comedy about political sex scandals, dictates that its lead characters are all men: dishonored officials like Anthony D. Weiner, the former congressman brought down by unseemly photos and an itchy Twitter finger, and Representative Mark Sanford, whose romantic misadventures with an ex-wife and an ex-fiancée continue to accumulate.read more
Can’t Get Tickets to This Is Our Youth? Try These Three Off-Broadway Picks (Vogue)
As if one needed another indication that summer is by now only memories, the bustling fall theater season is upon us. With This Is Our Youth and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time currently prevailing as the hot-ticket shows to see on Broadway, here are three recommendations for less buzzy, but equally interesting options to choose from off the beaten path.read more
When Naughty Congressmen Inspire Funny Plays (TDF Stages)
A closeted gay Congressman hits on your boyfriend, and presto, an Off-Broadway comedy is born! So it was with Tail! Spin!, a verbatim recreation of four preposterous, real-life political sex scandals (now playing at Culture Project) inspired by my days batting back the wandering hand of a very friendly Congressman.read more
Rachel Dratch Brings Barbara Walters Out of Retirement in Tail! Spin! (TheaterMania)
There is no typecasting when it comes to the New York stage work of Rachel Dratch. From Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost in Central Park to political comedy with off-Broadway's Tail! Spin!, she defines versatility at its best.read more
If you're in NYC, don't miss this new show - it's about sex in Washington (Washington Post)
A new Broadway - well, off-Broadway - show about Washington's best sex scandals? We're sold.
The new play, "Tail! Spin!" is "drawn verbatim from the leaked e-mails, raunchy texts and tell-tale tweets that brought down politicians...
Politics And (What Else?) Sex: (The Jewish Week)
Sex scandals may be implicitly ridiculous, but Anthony Weiner's fall from grace had more than a touch of the absurd. Perfect fodder, in other words, for comedy.read more
RACHEL DRATCH STARS IN LAUGH-FEST 'TAIL! SPIN!' (Associated Press)
Public servants who venture downtown this fall may leave blushing: A show that highlights four big political sex scandals is coming back.read more
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