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February 7, 2013

Play tells story of Canada's Steven Truscott

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Young said one theory includes “a bit of a cover-up by the military.” 

The story takes place on a Canadian army base with the young victim, Lynne Harper, the daughter of an officer; and Truscott, the son of a non-commissioned officer.

On stage, Young plays Sarah from the ages of 13 to 35.

“Which is great fun,” she said. “I get to do all the kid stuff. I have such a well-rounded journey.”

Sarah remains on stage, watching the events unfold. Her character acts as a gentle buffer between the audience and her on-stage counterparts, who are all based on real people.

“Sarah is allowed to go on that journey of thinking Steven’s guilty just as the whole town did,” Young said. “Except for Steven’s close friends, the whole community jumped on that bandwagon. They just wanted to get the guy.”

Young said the play serves as a reminder of always asking the right questions and not turning a blind eye.

“I really do wish the audience sees the sense of hope in this play because of how beautiful a man that Steven Truscott is.”

Truscott served 10 years in prison during his teens and early 20s.

“But those were his most formidable years,” Young said. “And even when he was in prison, anything you read about Steven is that he is the most kind, gentle, caring soul.” 

In 2007, Truscott was finally acquitted of his crime. Truscott even got to see the play based on his early life when the work was performed at Ontario’s Blythe Festival in 2009.

“The festival is actually close to where it all happened, so many of the community came to see it,” Young said. “And I’m hoping he comes to this production. I would love to meet him. He’s a hero in my mind.”

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