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This Is How We Got Here (Interview with Keith Barker)
Chris talks to playwright Keith Barker, a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, who explains why he's drawn to writing about loss and how his family has been touched by suicide. He also reflects on what it might mean to "feel deep love and no regrets," how nature helps us grieve and why he does his best writing when he like giving up.
This Is How We Got Here (Part 1)
By Keith Barker. We meet Paul as he tries to visit his estranged wife, Lucille, on the first anniversary of their son Craig’s death. But Liset, Lucille’s protective sister, sends him away. “Some days are better than others and today is not one of those days.” Then, Paul is visited by Jim — his best friend and Liset’s husband. The two men have grown distant, and an argument about “fruits'' quickly turns into something deeper.
This Is How We Got Here (Part 2)
By Keith Barker. We trace family tensions back in time. They start off arguing about one thing — dirty laundry, smashed plates, a broken hand — but eventually get to the thing no one really knows how to talk about. A son and nephew, “a good kid,” who took his own life. Sharp words and serious accusations fly. But Lucille finds hope in a creature who keeps visiting the garden.
This Is How We Got Here (Part 3)
By Keith Barker. We keep moving back and forth in time. Paul confronts Jim about a perceived betrayal, later to find out it may have been an act of mercy. Liset drives the creature from the garden, and her sister disappears into the backwoods to find it. Paul and Lucille finally meet by the tracks and remember an old story. “One day, as sometimes happens, things changed.”
Between the Sheets (Interview with Jordi Mand)
Laura talks to playwright Jordi Mand. The Toronto-based playwright, who has worked with some of Canada’s most prominent companies, shares why she’s drawn to female-driven narratives and why she loves to craft characters that represent some of her greatest fears. Jordi also shares the audience’s emotional reactions to her hit show and how it led to some candid post-show confessions.
Between the Sheets (Part 3)
By Jordi Mand. Marion digs for details about Teresa’s future and starts to poke holes in her naive plans. Teresa’s inexperience shows as Marion lays out what life might look like for her a few years from now. Teresa reveals she has a lot more at stake than Marion knows, and they realize they share some common ground and have both experienced heartbreak. Marion asks Teresa for help to get her life back to the way it once was, but Teresa discovers the depth of Marion’s revenge.
I’ve only listened to “winners and losers” so far, but that play was AMAZING. cant wait to hear more.
I’ll definitely be spreading the word about this podcast! The stories, acting and sound effects are amazing!
Love this podcast!
It blows my mind that such a high quality, skillfully acted, entertaining podcast is so unknown. Not to mention unfairly rated and reviewed. Especially the one where someone with clearly delicate sensibilities rated it one star, due to the darker nature of some of the stories. Im actually annoyed on behalf of the creators. These are interesting and original plays that deserve to be heard by a much broader audience. An audience that doesn't hold Little House on the Prairie as the gold standard of entertainment.