After terrorists launched an attack on the United States on September 11, 2001, Lt. Col. Scott Mann and his teammates in the 7th Special Forces Group were fueled by a sense of purpose. "We were pushing a much more kinetic path to get at the bad guys and put scalps on the barn," he said. "It is safe to say a large part of our regiment did the same thing until about 2009, 2010. There were more Taliban than we started, and we lost our way."
When Lt. Col. Mann came home, he found it hard to shed that purpose and to readjust to civilian life. He spent a few years in a dark place. "What I found in my own transition is I became dark after a couple of years, and it was only through learning to tell my story, my hero’s journey I guess, that I started to reconnect with my purpose and find my way home." During an improv class about two years ago, Scott was given the assignment to talk for 5 minutes on the subject of grief. At the end of the 5 minutes, with the whole class was in tears, the teacher (a professional playwright himself) remarked that this was the beginning of a powerful play. Scott and his teacher spent the next 2 years crafting the story that is now a play, Last Out- Elegy of a Green Beret.
The play debuted last year in Tampa, FL on Veterans Day and is now on a nationwide tour of over 16 cities.
On September 14th and 15th, we are bringing Scott’s play, (click here for a trailer produced by the American Veterans Center) to the Kraine Theater in NYC, with a VIP showing on September 14th at 7 pm, and we are working to bring several key influencers to this performance.
Tickets can be purchased here for $30 with all funds going to The Heroes Journey's mission to help veterans find their voice and tell their story as a powerful tool in overcoming obstacles along the difficult journey from combat to civilian life.
Click here for an interview of Scott Mann on Huckabee’s Heroes, and here for a clip featuring a Gold Star family. If you are interested in sponsorship or donating to Last Out, click here.