This Is How We Got Here

A NATIVE EARTH PRODUCTION

January 26-February 16, 2020
Aki Studio

Meet Lucille, Paul, Liset and Jim. Best friends, sisters, spouses – stumbling in the dark one year after a tragic loss. They struggle to find each other again, when a mysterious fox shows up with a curious gift. Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, This Is How We Got Here is a complex and hopeful story of letting go.

FINALIST of the 2018 Governor General Literary Award for Drama

Four Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominations:
Outstanding New Play – Keith Barker Winner!
Outstanding Production (Independent Theatre)
Outstanding Direction – Keith Barker
Outstanding Scenic Design – Shannon Lea Doyle

EXCERPT of the play

Content Warning*

CAST
Paul – Kristopher Bowman
Liset – Tamara Podemski
Jim – James Dallas Smith
Lucille – Michaela Washburn

CREATIVE TEAM 
Playwright & Director Keith Barker
Production Manager Suzie Balogh
Set Designer Shannon Lea Doyle
Lighting Designer Jennifer Lennon
Sound Designer Christopher Stanton
Costume Designer Isidra Cruz
Fight Director Richard Comeau
Stage Manager Heather Thompson


REVIEWS

“…a down-to-earth drama that is as hopeful as it is mournful, full of life and lovable characters”
– J.Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

“The dextrous telling of a familiar story..how reconnecting is not only possible but necessary.”
– Lisa McKeown, Now Magazine

Keith Barker has a voice that deserves attention
– Derrick Chua, Intermission Magazine

Entirely relatable, heart-wrenchingly frank, and dazzlingly honest. What makes it special is how deftly Barker navigates emotional sucker punches, while each of his characters deal with their own shortcomings and gifts, and utterly without judgement from the author.” 
– Tara Beagan, theatre artist & co-founder of ARTICLE 11



*Content Warning:
The play mentions suicide, and has a simulated gunshot.


SHOWTIMES

Sunday January 26  |  2:00 PM – Preview
Tuesday January 28  |  8:00 PM – Preview, PWYC

Wednesday January 29  |  8:00 PM – Opening
Thursday January 30  |  8:00 PM
Friday January 31  |  8:00 PM
Saturday February 1  |  8:00 PM
Sunday February 2  |  2:00 PM 

Tuesday February 4  |  8:00 PM – PWYC
Wednesday February 5  |  8:00 PM 
Thursday February 6  |  8:00 PM 
Friday February 7  |  8:00 PM 
Saturday February 8  |  8:00 PM
Sunday February 9  |  2:00 PM 

Tuesday February 11 | 12:00 PM – School Matinee
Tuesday February 11  |  8:00 PM
– PWYC
Wednesday February 12  |  8:00 PM 
Thursday February 13 | 1:30 PM
– School Matinee
Thursday February 13  |  8:00 PM 
Friday February 14  |  8:00 PM 
Saturday February 15  |  8:00 PM
Sunday February 16  |  2:00 PM 


TICKETS

Previews  |  $15

Weekday General  |  $25
Weekday Senior, Student, Arts Worker  |  $20

Weekend General  |  $30
Weekend Senior, Student, Arts Worker  |  $25

School Matinees, Open to the Public | $20


Header Visual by Mariah Meawasige