by Beverley Cooper

July 12-14, 19-21, 27-29, 7 pm
July 15, 23, 2 pm

             Scugog Shores Museum Village, Port Perry

In 1959, in rural Ontario, twelve-year-old  Lynne Harper was found raped and murdered.. 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.

This performance runs approximately 2 hours including a 15-minute intermission.

Content Advisory: The play contains mature content, language and sensitive material that may be disturbing to some audience.

“Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott premiered at the Blyth Festival in 2008,
Commissioned by Artistic Director Eric Coates and directed by Miles Potter.

Nominated for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award

To read about the cast, please see our Program.

To see the CBC Fifth Estate documentary on the case and inteviews with Steven Truscott, please go  HERE

To read more about the playwright Beveley Cooper, please to to

Please join us for a post show conversation with the playwright, Beverley Cooper,on Wednesday, July 19th. With the support of The Playwrights Guild of Canada’s PlayConnect program, this conversation is free to the public and not limited to patrons of the production. Attendees are not required to attend the performance beforehand.

The conversation promises insights on the writing of Ms. Cooper’s powerful play about the trial and conviction of Steven Truscott, a true case which changed the course of the Canadian justice system.

Time permitting, Ms. Cooper will also share some of her other work and take questions from the audience. The conversation will be approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour in length. RSVP’s are requested by Tuesday, July 18th. Please contact the Box Office at to attend.