This Is How We Got Here

By (author): Keith Barker

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.


Keith Barker

Keith Barker is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. He is a playwright, actor, and director from Northwestern Ontario, and the current artistic director at Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto. Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt Award for best new play, Keith was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for English Drama in 2018 for his play This Is How We Got Here. He received a Saskatchewan and Area Theatre Award for Excellence in Playwriting for his play The Hours That Remain as well as a Yukon Arts Award for Best Art for Social Change. His audio play, Every Minute of Every Day,will premiere as part of Factory Theatre’s You Can’t Get There From Here podcast play series in March 2021.


“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.”


  • The Carol Bolt Award 2020, Winner
  • Governor General’s Literary Award 2018, Nominated
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    104 Pages
    8.35in * 5.40in * .25in


    October 30, 2017



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