NOW IN PERFORMANCES

BY MARIO CORREA
DIRECTED BY DAN KNECHTGES

PERFORMANCES START SEPTEMBER 18

WITH:

  • Arnie Burton

    Arnie Burton 39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher

  • RACHEL DRATCH

    RACHEL DRATCH SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

  • SEAN DUGAN

    SEAN DUGANNEXT FALL, SMASH

  • Tom Galantich

    Tom Galantich House of Cards

  • Nate Smith

    Nate SmithUCB, FunnyOrDie.com

"An amusing theatrical blunder reel!"

Times Out New York

About

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.)

UCB, FunnyOrDie.com

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)

UCB, FunnyOrDie.com

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)

UCB, FunnyOrDie.com

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.”

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.

press

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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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