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Innocence Lost

A Play About Steven Truscott

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Michael Spencer-Davis, Jane Wheeler, Jenny Young

Luce Tremblay-Gaudette

Trevor Barrette, Allan Morgan

Luce Tremblay-Gaudette

Allan Morgan, Fiona Reid

Luce Tremblay-Gaudette

Fiona Reid, Trevor Barrette, Brendan McMurtry-Howlett, Julie Tamiko Manning

Luce Tremblay-Gaudette

Approximately two hours 5 minutes including intermission.

NAC English Theatre / Centaur Theatre Company (Montréal, QC) co-production

Clinton, Ontario, 1959. Fourteen-year-old Steven Truscott was sentenced to death for the murder of his 12-year-old classmate Lynne Harper. Maintaining his innocence throughout, his conviction was overturned in 2007. Now, Beverley Cooper re-examines the case, turning it into a theatrical experience with trial transcripts and interviews woven into the fabric of her drama. Ten people from the community are under pressure to arrive at the truth, including Steven’s friend Sarah, a young farm girl who could see his innocence. Many years later, as if in an epiphany, Sarah finally escapes the prison of her doubts and reclaims the innocence lost so long ago.

"...this production is theatre of a high calibre." - Ottawa Citizen

"Innocence Lost is both a compelling legal drama and an astutely observed portrait of a community." - Montreal Gazette

"Tragic history makes for powerful theatre." - Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Read more about the Steven Truscott case from CBC's the Fifth Estate - The Steven Truscott Story: A Moment of Truth or watch the video here : Fifth Estate

Salon Saturday:         
Saturday, March 2 at 12:45 p.m. in the NAC Salon.
NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley invites English Theatre patrons to join her and Innocence Lost Playwright Beverley Cooper, and Superior Court Justice Colin McKinnon, as they discuss the creation of the play and the history behind one of the most important cases in Canadian history.
Free to the public.