THIS IS HOW WE GOT HERE
by Keith Barker
NOV 9-20, 2022
TUE-SAT 8:00PM & SUN 4:00PM
The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts
36 King Street W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3
“You can’t outrun a forest fire… sometimes the only way to save yourself is to run right through it.”
It’s the anniversary of Craig’s death and everyone is wrestling with it in different ways. Paul buries his pain through drinking and suppresses his feelings. Lucille breaks plates, sits in the dark, and is convinced Craig is appearing to her as a fox visiting her sister’s place. Jim refuses to talk about Craig or the guilt he carries as the last person Craig talked to before he took his own life. Liset tries holding everything together for everyone.
Shortlisted for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, nominated for the 2020 Carol Bolt Award, and winner of the 2020 Dora award for Outstanding New Play, Keith Barker’s, ‘This Is How We Got Here’, shows a close-knit family working through the complex process of loss and grief.
Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, the play moves back and forth in time, allowing audiences to piece together the fragments of these characters’ lives as they reconnect with one another through forgiveness, love, and hope.
CONTENT WARNING: REFERENCES TO SUICIDE, CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE. RECOMMENDED FOR AUDIENCES AGES 14+ YEARS.
RUNNING TIME: THIS PERFORMANCE IS 90 MINUTES LONG WITH NO INTERMISSION.
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