Box 27

Box 27

by Michael Norman Mann


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BOX 27 is a hard-hitting dramatization of the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays. Stephen, a Marine days away from promotion, feels he's living a lie and wants to live his life with "honor, respect and duty," even if it means outing his lover, Maj. Howard Kurtis. Complicating matters, Howard is also a lifelong friend of Stephen's father, Col. Mills. In BOX 27 we witness how choosing honor and truth in the face of prejudice can come at a price. After the shock of this confession pass, the Colonel decides that Stephen is still his son, but that he cannot stay in the Marines. The Colonel confronts Howard to own up to whatever information he knows about Stephen. Howard conceals his relationship with his friend's son. The Colonel tells that he over heard a conversation between Stephen and Howard that lead him to believe that Howard was lying about his involvement. Howard is now forced to make a decision between giving his friend the truth and sticking to his falsehood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434832610
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/20/2007
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, Mann has had several productions of his material. In 1991, original dramas "Grave Relations" and "She Sat Behind Me" (available through Eldridge Publishing), were produced in San Jose, CA. In 1993, Tangelo Productions of Los Gatos, CA, produced Mann's originals "Godot Is Dead.", "Separate Crosses", "BOX 27", "Witches & Warlocks" and "Beast Born In The Night". The politically loaded and controversial "BOX 27" went on to an award-winning six month run in North Hollywood in 1996-97. Mann received a 1996 Drama-Logue Award for his script, the 1997 Artistic Directors Achievement Award for Best Original Drama, and the 1997 GLAAD Media Award for Best LA Production. In 1998, Mann's first original musical, "Cumberland Blues" was performed in San Jose and San Francisco, attracting national media attention. "Cumberland Blues" marks the first time that the beloved songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter were presented in a musical comedy, prompting Jon Pareles of the New York Times to comment, "It's ingenious and good-natured. If Cole Porter songs can be strung together for the stage, so can Hunter-Garica songs." More information can be found on the web at Mann currently lives in Hollister, California, with his wife Kathi and sons Alexander and Theron. Mann is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

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