Political Sex Scandals Word for Word Onstage in ‘Tail! Spin!’
By ERIK PIEPENBURG
When politics and sex meet it makes for great political theater. This summer they’ll be theater when Mo Rocca (“CBS Sunday Morning”), Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”) and Sean Dugan (“Smash”) take the stage in “Tail! Spin!,” a verbatim recitation of steamy emails, texts, interviews and Twitter messages that surfaced during recent political sex scandals. The show, created by the NPR contributor Mario Correra, is scheduled to play five performances, from Aug. 11-16, at the Kraine Theater as part of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival.
Directed by the Tony-nominee Dan Kenechtges (“Lysistrata Jones”), “Tail! Spin!” focuses on the sexual transgressions of four American politicians: Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina who admitted to having an affair with a lover he had met while on vacation in Argentina; Larry E. Craig, a former Republican senator from Idaho who was caught in an undercover sex sting; and two former U.S. congressmen, Anthony Wiener of New York, who resigned over lewd online behavior, and Mark Foley of Florida, who resigned after he was caught sending sexually explicit texts to teenage Capitol Hill pages. The cast will portray some 30 different roles, including members of the media and the politicians’ paramours and relatives.
Two other cast members are still to be announced.