Innocence Lost: a play about Steven Truscott
1959, rural Ontario, Canada. Twelve-year-old Lynne Harper was found raped and strangled to death. Within days, her fourteen-year-old classmate Steven Truscott was charged with her murder. After a two-week trial Steven was found guilty and sentenced to hang. Thus began the story that inflamed 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 can make bad choices. 6W/4M
Commissioned by the Blyth Festival 2007
Blyth Festival productions 2008, remount 2009, director Miles Potter.
Nominated for the 2009 Governor General's Literary Award
Co-production between the National Arts Centre and Centaur theatre, 2013 Dir. Roy Surette
On grade 10 Saskatchewan curriculum.
published by Scirocco Drama - Globe and Mail Best Seller
Soulpepper Theatre 2018, director Jackie Maxwell