Ret. Lt. Col Scott Mann spent 23 years in the United States Army, 18 of that as a Green Beret, where he specialized in unconventional, high-impact missions all over the world. Scott is now a public speaker and storyteller who began his acting journey with this play.
He is the author of several nonfiction books including the New York Times Best Seller, Operation Pineapple Express, the incredible story of a group of Americans who undertook one last mission and honored a promise in Afghanistan.
Scott currently studies theatrical writing and acting under the coaching of Karl Bury at the Karl Bury Studio. Together with his wife, Monty Mann, Scott founded the 501c3 non-profit, The Heroes Journey, which provides online and in-person workshops to help veterans tell their stories in transition.
Lenny Bruce is an American Stage & Film Actor. Born and raised in La Grange, IL, as Leonard P. Bruce II, he joined the Army right out of high school. He is a 23-year Veteran of the U.S. Army and a former Green Beret. He participated in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Peacekeeping operations in Bosnia, and numerous GWOT deployments in Special Forces in various capacities until retirement as a Master Sergeant in 2012.
As an actor, he studied Theatre at Fayetteville State University. He then went on to L.A., where he studied at the New York Film Academy, Diane Charles at Margie Harbors Studio in L.A., and with Greg Allen Williams at Actors Break Through in Atlanta, GA.
Heather is thrilled to be a part of bringing this story to life. A graduate of the School of Theater at USC, she has appeared onstage in both New York and Los Angeles. Favorite theater credits include: Kiss Me Kate, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (I.E. Best Actress Award), Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently she was part of the award-winning Second Banana at the Midtown Theater Festival in NYC.
Film/tv credits include: “The Small,” the series “Ain’t that Life,” “Journey into the Abyss,” and the award-winning film “Stuck”. She is the recipient of Audiofile’s Earphones Award for her contribution to Muriel Barbery’s “Gourmet Rhapsody” and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly for her narration of the young adult title, “When She Woke.” Other popular books she has recorded for major publishers include: “The Future for Curious People,” “The Appetite of Girls,” “The Art of Secrets,” “The House of Velvet and Glass,” and “Lexicon.” Thank you to her family, and friends, and those who always believed in her. Proud Equity and SAG Member.
Tony Nevada is an American actor that began his career after serving honorably in the United States Marine Corps. Academy Award-winning actor Martin Landau accepted him as a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio. He went on to work with Clint Eastwood in Warner Bro’s Best Picture nominated American Sniper opposite Bradley Cooper. His next studio film was opposite Miles Teller in Universal and Dreamworks military drama Thank You For Your Service. Television credits include playing Gene Scarborough on the top-rated sudser Young and the Restless and as Riggs opposite Katherine Heigl in State of Affairs. He is grateful to have been a part of Paramount+’s SEAL Team for six seasons. Theater credits: Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Hecuba, Herakles, Ajax. Tony is a member of Actors Equity and considers it a blessing to be a part of LAST OUT.
Chris Vetzel served as an Army Infantryman and deployed to Iraq in 2006. He was awarded the Purple Heart and had to be medically retired due to injuries from a roadside bomb which buried him and his brothers alive.
When he isn’t touring with Last Out, he works as a writer, editor, and storytelling coach.
“This play is important to me because it does something that hasn’t been done anywhere else: it shows the true cost of war. I think that if everyone in America could see this, we would maybe think twice before sending our sons and daughters into another conflict.”
Cooper will be graduating from the University of South Florida this upcoming May with a double major in Political Science and Criminology. He is currently interning with the Department of Justice and is excited to further his career in that field.
“Growing up with my dad in the military, this play has a special place in my heart. Being able to have not only the veterans’ story being told, but also, the family members’ makes this story unlike any other out there.
Being able to see the perspective of a military spouse being told is important because it doesn’t just show how strong the warrior is, but also how strong the spouses, like my mom, are. They are my heroes, and I am forever grateful.”
Gracyn Mix met her Green Beret over 10 years ago shortly before moving to New York to begin her professional acting career. Since then, she has been all over the world either through theatre or the Army. She is thrilled to be a part of merging these two worlds in such a powerful way.
Acting Credits (selected): Importance of Being Earnest (Lean Ensemble Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare – Elliot Norton Award, Best Actress); The Crucible (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Pride and Prejudice; Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); As You Like It; The Rivals (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival); Titus Andronicus (Great River Shakespeare Festival); Cyrano de Bergerac (Dallas Shakespeare). TV Credits: Blue Bloods; Shades of Blue; Darwin: The Series. Training: Academy for Classical Acting / GWU (MFA); Southern Methodist University (BFA); SCGSAH
Thank you to Scott and Monty, Professional Artists Agency, Actor’s Equity Association, and especially to her husband and son for taking a turn holding down the fort at home.
Joshua Berduo is a TV/Film Actor based out of Los Angeles, CA. At 17 years of age, Joshua enlisted in the US NAVY. Serving on 2 deployments with the VFA-103 Jolly Rogers onboard the USS Dwight D Eisenhower for Operation Enduring Freedom. Active Duty from 2009 – 2013.
TV/Film credits include:ABC’s “The Rookie,” Netflix’s original film “XOXO,” &many national commercials throughout his career.
Joshua graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in West Hollywood, CA. He is also part of The Groundlings Improv group in Los Angeles. He has studied theatre and film with Anthony Meindl, IvannaChubbuck, John Rosenfeld, Brian Reese, & many others.
Joshua is excited to be a part of The Last Out Cast,connecting his military experience and love for acting in one.He hopes to heal friends and family of military connections with his art.
Karl is thrilled and honored to continue working with the LAST OUT team.
Selected NYC theatre directing credits: One Woman Gone Wrong written and starring Emmy Award winner Leslie Caveny (NY Fringe Festival-The Players Theatre), Off The Desk (Barrow Group) and Rosemary with Ginger (Arclight Theatre). Selected acting credits on stage: Match (Broadway), Awake and Sing! (Pittsburgh Public Theatre and the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in LA), Paradise Lost (A.R.T.-directed by Daniel Fish), and an early company member of Circle X in LA. Selected acting credits on film: The Majestic opposite Jim Carrey, The Idea of Manhood, Starting Out in the Evening (Sundance Film Festival-2007), Sugar (Sundance Film Festival-2008). Selected acting credits on television: Law and Order(s), FBI: Most Wanted, Blue Bloods, The Sopranos, and Brotherhood. Selected acting coaching clients include: Carrie Underwood (The Sound of Music Live!), Christiane Seidel, Colby Minifie, Laurie Holden, among others. Training: Master of Fine Arts in Acting-the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington under Jack Clay. 25 years of working with Larry Moss.
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Last Out is produced by the 501c3 non-profit, The Heroes Journey
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