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SNL's Rachel Dratch to Star in Political Sex Scandal Comedy Tail! Spin!

The Fringe Festival production gets a new life off-Broadway.

Saturday Night Live comedian Rachel Dratch will return to the Fringe Festival production Tail! Spin! for a 10-week off-Broadway engagement this fall.
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Saturday Night Live star Rachel Dratch will reprise her performance in Tail! Spin!, a hit of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, in a 10-week off-Broadway engagement this fall. Performances will begin September 18 at Culture Project's Lynn Redgrave Theatre in advance of an October 1 opening.

Created and written by Mario Correa (cohost of Entertainment Weekly's daily News & Notes program on SiriusXM), Tail! Spin! offers a verbatim reenactment of the sex scandals that brought down former Congressman Anthony Weiner, former Governor and current Congressman Mark Sanford, former Congressman Mark Foley, and former Senator Larry Craig.

The production uses only the words spoken, emailed, tweeted, and texted by the politicians themselves to weave a narrative about the power of sex and the sex lives of the powerful. Dratch will lead the cast as the "Wives, Tails, Beards and Barbara Walters," with additional casting to be announced at a later date. Tony nominee Dan Knechtges (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) will direct.

The creative team for Tail! Spin! features scenic and projection designs by Caite Hevner Kemp, costume design by Jen Caprio, lighting design by Ryan O'Gara, and sound design by John Emmett O'Brien.

For tickets to Tail! Spin!, click here.