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Based on the author's experiences as a U.S. Navy aviator, the play deals with a U.S. Navy accident investigation which became a gay witch hunt during the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" era.
It premiered at The King's Head Theatre on London’s fringe in 1995 and then moved to The Theatre Royal, Haymarket, where the play received Evening Standard nominations and won two Olivier Awards.
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Performance history in South Africa
1996: First produced in South Africa by Pieter Toerien by arrangement with Robert Fox and Patrick O'Shea. Directed by Mark Graham, designed by Andrew Botha, lighting by Jannie Swanepoel. The cast included Kevin Otto (Lt David Lynch), Calvin Hayward (Lt Will Stephensen), Joseph Clark (Special Agent Cokely), Siyabonga Twala (Special Agent Jones), Tony Faifer (Lt Matthew Blackwood), Alex Ferns (Lt j.g. Charlie Trumbo), Janet du Plessis (Tammi Blackwood/Nancy Spencer), Jo da Silva (Susan Stephensen). It opened opening at the Theatre on the Bay on 18 May, followed by run at at the Alhambra Theatre, Johannesburg, opening 14 June.
Burning Blue theatre programme, 1996
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