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This Is How We Got Here

This Is How We Got Here

By Keith Barker
Subjects: Rural Settings, Ontario Playwrights, Indigenous Playwrights, Metis, Family Life, Mental Health, Death, Grief & Loss
Casting: 2 f, 2 m
Duration: 90 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770918221, 104 pages, October 2017
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770918245, 104 pages, October 2017
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770918238, 104 pages, October 2017


  • Nominated, Governor General's Literary Award 2018
  • Winner, The Carol Bolt Award 2020


It’s been a year since Paul and Lucille’s son Craig committed suicide, and their once-solid family bonds are starting to break down. While the now-separated couple tries to honour their son, Lucille’s sister Liset and her husband Jim refuse to discuss their nephew. The ties that keep the four together as sisters, best friends, and spouses are strained by grief and guilt… until a visit from a fox changes everything.


“While the material of This is How We Got Here is deep, the show didn’t leave me feeling anything dark. Instead, I was happy to have experienced the talent of everyone involved, and to have gained perspective on what I felt were honest and true reactions to the tragedy of suicide. ”

- Jeff Kerr, Mooney on Theatre