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The Shaw Festival to Present Keith Barker's THIS IS HOW WE GOT HERE

The Shaw Festival will present the Native Earth Performing Arts production of This Is How We Got Here from February 9 to 19 at the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre.

The Shaw Festival to Present Keith Barker's THIS IS HOW WE GOT HERE

The Shaw Festival will present the Native Earth Performing Arts production of This Is How We Got Here from February 9 to 19 at the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre. Written and directed by multi-awarding winning artist Keith Barker, This Is How We Got Here is a simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming story about love, loss and letting go. This limited engagement at The Shaw features the talents of Kristopher Bowman, Jonathan Fisher, Nicole Joy-Fraser and Jenn Forgie.

Lucille, Paul, Liset and Jim - best friends, sisters, spouses - stumble 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.

Originally from Northwestern Ontario, Algonquin Métis playwright, actor and director Keith Barker is the outgoing artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts and a Governor General's Literary Award 2018 finalist for This Is How We Got Here. His complex and hopeful story won the 2020 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play, while the original production received three nominations in Outstanding Production (Independent Theatre), Outstanding Direction (Keith Barker) and Outstanding Scenic Design (Shannon Lea Doyle). That same year, This Is How We Got Here received the Playwrights Guild's Carol Bolt Award. Barker is also the recipient of the Saskatchewan and Area Theatre Award for Excellence in Playwriting and a Yukon Arts Award for Best Art for Social Change for his play The Hours That Remain.

This is How We Got Here is on stage at the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre (10 Queen's Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake) from February 9 to 19 (available for review beginning February 11). This Shaw Festival presentation is proudly sponsored by Sun Life Financial. The Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre is sponsored by Paradigm Capital Inc.

Recommended for ages 14+. Approximate running time is 75 minutes with no intermission.

Cast: (in alphabetical order)

Kristopher Bowman
Jonathan Fisher
Jenn Forgie
Nicole Joy-Fraser

Paul
Jim
Liset
Lucille

Creative & Production:

Keith Barker
Shannon Lea Doyle
Kara Pankiw
Isidra Cruz
Jennifer Lennon
Christopher Stanton
Richard Comeau
Sara Allison

Director & Playwright
Set Designer
Associate Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Composer & Sound Designer
Fight Director
Stage Manager

The Shaw Festival's 2022 season begins February 9 and runs through to December 23, with a playbill featuring Damn Yankees, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Doctor's Dilemma, Cyrano de Bergerac, Gaslight, Chitra, Just to Get Married, This is How We Got Here, Too True To Be Good, Everybody, August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, Fairground, Shawground, A Short History of Niagara, a series of outdoor concerts and events, A Christmas Carol and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Tickets are available through the Box Office at 1-800-511-SHAW and online at www.shawfest.com.



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