Green Beret playwright and actor performing 'Last Out' play to heal Veterans Day audience

Cast is made up of all veterans
Posted at 3:41 AM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 07:38:21-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Scott Mann has acted for only about a year, which makes his performance in “Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret,” truly remarkable.

The play's plot gets more astounding when you find out Mann wrote it from his experience as a Green Beret in the United States Army for 18 years.

“I want everyone to understand that it’s a noble thing to protect the people you love,” says Mann.

This is a play written by a veteran, acted by veterans... for an audience full of veterans.

It is about the life, death and afterlife of Danny Patton, a Green Beret in Afghanistan circa 9/11. (

It will debut Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Tampa Marriott Waterside.

“This is a play about hope,” Mann says. “This is a play about redemption. A play about letting go. A play about sacrifice.”

The cast includes Bryan Bachman, an airborne infantryman in the Army, and Leonard Bruce, another retired Green Beret. Both are also accomplished actors.

Director Ame Livingston is from a military family. She plays a beleaguered wife in “Last Out."

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Heroes Journey, a non-profit founded by Mann helping veterans tell their own story.

After the Tampa show, Mann and the troupe will tour “Last Out” across the country.

To get tickets to see “Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret," click here.

For more information on the Heroes Journey, go to