Poor Boy


Pop sensation Sherman Oakes has lost his lover, experimental art rock diva Ella Savant. Wallowing in despair, he sets off on a pilgrimage to the hotel in which she died with the music of an uncompleted album rattling in his head. He is pursued by a persistent manager, determined to see his superstar return to the top of the charts. Sherman nosedives into self-delusion and self-destruction but, in his comically absurd and desperately tragic plummet, the people he meets and the people who follow him won’t let him forget the life is trying to escape.

Poor Boy is a free adaptation of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. It marks Zuppa’s first appearance at the Neptune Theatre.

Winner of the Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Set Design – Louisa Adamson

Nominated for the Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Original Music or Score – Jason Michael MacIsaac and David Christensen

Praise for Poor Boy:

“Zuppa Theatre Company shows defy definition. They can’t be explained without reducing them to mediocrity and you can’t try to pin them down, without killing the wonderful possibility that emerges from every moment” – Amanda Campbell, TWISI Theatre Blog




Sherman: Stewart Legere
Miranda: Susan Leblanc-Crawford
Desmond: Ben Stone
Eunice: Kathryn McCormack
Ella Savant: Claire Gallant

Director: Alex McLean
Composers: Jason MacIsaac and David Christensen
Costume Designer: Leesa Hamilton
Lighting Designer: Louisa Adamson
Dramaturge: Bruce Barton
Apprentice Dramaturges: Claire Leger and Joanna Caplan
Production Intern: Chelsea Code-McNeil


There are no current or upcoming productions of Poor Boy

Past Productions:

Poor Boy premiered at Neptune Theatre, Halifax as part of the Neptune Theatre Studio Series. It ran from February 11 to March 1, 2009.

Poor Boy also ran at the Glen Morris Theatre in Toronto from March 19 to 22, 2009.