Tango 'til They're Sore

Tango 'til They're Sore

Tango 'Til They're Sore is a play written by Matthew Hancock. It ran at The Flea Theater in New York from May 8-31st, 2003 and was directed by William Savage.


The play revolves around the residents of a small Finnish town and their endless obsession with the tango. Oleg, a light-bulb factory worker, cannot tango as he, in his own words, “gets lost in the music.” Oleg’s true fascination is not so much dancing, but the beautiful icon Selda, a young woman who grows tired of her status as Finland’s reigning “Queen of the Tango.” When disaster strikes, the whole town is affected, and Oleg sets off on a journey to find happiness.


The cast of the 2003 Tango ‘Til They’re Sore production includes:

  • Alec Beard (Tartuffe at The Roundabout Theatre Company)
  • Michael Boothroyd (Caryl Churchill’s Far Away at New York Theatre Workshop)
  • John Forest (Uberproject’s Houseplague)
  • Abby Huston (Our Country’s Good at The Williamstown Theatre Festival)
  • Boris Kievsky (Medulla Oblongata at E.S.T.)
  • Constantine Maroulis (Macbeth with Boston Theatreworks & "American Idol")
  • Erin McMonagle (Carrie: The Musical at The Williamstown Theatre Festival)
  • Lauren Milberger (The Skriker at the Kennedy Center & Chapter 27 Peach Arch Films)
  • Paul Thureeen (Clay McLeod Chapman’s Redbird with Studio 42).


This production marked the return of director William Savage to The Flea Theater. He was the resident director there for the 2001/2002 season, assisting Jim Simpson on Billy the Kid, and directing his own adaptation of the World War II memoir Tent # 5. In July, 2002, he was assistant director to Neil Pepe on the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s premiere of Eric Bogosian’s Red Angel, featuring Mr. Bogosian and Dagmara Dominczyk. His Williamstown directing credits include Mark Twain's Support Your Local Police, as well as the original works Renaissance and Fancy. Most recently, he directed the new play Peacock at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School.


Playwright Matthew Hancock is the author of several stage adaptations, including Window, based on the short story by Haruki Murakami, and The Body Artist, taken from the novella by Don DeLillo. He was assistant director to Loretta Grecco on Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s acclaimed Lackawanna Blues at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in August, 2002. In January, 2003, he directed the Flesh and Bone Theater’s inaugural production of Kōbō Abe’s The Green Stockings at Urban Stages. He has co-authored new adaptations of A Clockwork Orange and Carrie: The Musical, both of which debuted at Williamstown in July, 2002.

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