Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott

Written by:

Beverley Cooper

Cast Size:
43

Roles For:

  • Men: 28
  • Women: 15

Genre:

Documentary
Drama
Historical
Verbatim/Research-Based

Themes:

Crime
Gossip
Justice
Justice System
Murder
Parenthood
Small Town
Teenagers

Length:

120 min.

Year Written:

2008

Synopsis:

“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 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 make bad choices. Finalist for the 2009 Governor General’s Award.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Actor 1: female, 13-45, plays Sarah.

Actor 2: female, 20-50, plays Mother, Registrar, Brown Owl, Darlene.

Actor 3: male, 20-50, plays Father, Dan Truscott, Hays, Englishman, Rev. Bragnell, Teacher, Constable, Lawyer, Oliver.

Actor 4: female, 20-50, plays Isabel LeBourdais, Woman from base, Mrs. Harper, Nurse, Maggie.

Actor 5: male, 30-50, plays Mr. Harper, Harold Graham, Judge, Dr. Penistan, Hobbs, E.B. Menzies, Local Man, Stoner.

Actor 6: female, 12-18, plays Jocelyne Gaudet, Lynn Johnston, Trudy, Barbara.

Actor 7: male, 12-25, plays Juror’s son, Gordan Logan, Richard GEllatly, Butch George, Dougie Oates, Leger, NCO, Ken, Jim, Bob Lawson, Boy, Older Steven.

Actor 8: male, 14-21, plays Steven, Son.

Actor 9: female, 12, plays Lynne, Karen Daum.

Actor 10: female, 30-40, plays Doris Turcott.

First Produced:

2008, Blyth Festival

Resources:

Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott is published by Scirocco Drama. Also available through the CPO Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Casting: There are 43 characters in all, which can be played with 10 actors (6 women and 4 men), or more.

This play was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award.

The Lynne Harper case made the news in the National Post in 2015 at the link here.

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