Innocence Lost: A play about Steven Truscott by Beverley Cooper
In 1959 in rural Ontario, Canada, a 12-year-old girl named Lynne Harper was found raped and strangled to death. Within days her 14-year-old classmate Steven Truscott was charged with her murder. After a two week trial Steven was deemed guilty and sentenced to hang. Thus began the story that enflamed the community, the country and the world. This true story is looked at through the eyes of the fictional character of Sarah, a fellow classmate of Steven and Lynne's as she deals with her own loss of innocence, her world turned upside down and a personal journey to find truth and justice. The play examines the nature of community and how good people make bad choices. Finalist for the 2009 Governor General's Award for Fiction.
Keywords: drama, Blyth, Steven Truscott, wrongly convicted, community, 1950s
Year Printed: 2009
First produced in 2008 at the Blyth Festival, Blyth, ON.
Running TIme: 120 minutes
Male Cast: 4
Female Cast: 6