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This Is How We Got Here

This Is How We Got Here

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


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


Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, This is How We Got Here follows a close-knit family as they deal with an unexpected loss. A mother, father, aunt, and uncle must learn how to move forward after the trauma and re-learn how to interact with one another with forgiveness, humour, and love.

It’s been a year since Paul and Lucille’s son Craig died by 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