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Arun Lakra

Arun Lakra is an eye surgeon and writer living in Calgary, Alberta. He pursued undergraduate studies at McGill University and the University of Calgary prior to completing his medical degree and residency in ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. His writing includes plays, screenplays and a non-fiction work on laser eye surgery.
Sequence book cover



Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2014.
PS8623 .A4246 S46 2014

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Theo has been named Time Magazine’s Luckiest Man Alive. For twenty consecutive years he has successfully bet double or nothing on the Super Bowl coin toss. And he’s getting ready to risk millions on the twenty-first when he is confronted by Cynthia, a young woman who claims to have figured out his mathematical secret. Stem-cell researcher and professor Dr. Guzman is on the verge of a groundbreaking discovery. She’s also learned that one of her students has defied probability to get all 150 multiple-choice questions wrong on his genetics exam, but it’s not until he shows up to her office in the middle of the night that she’s able to determine if it’s simply bad luck. The two narratives intertwine like a fragment of DNA to examine the interplay between logic and metaphysics, science and faith, luck and probability. Belief systems clash, ideas mutate, and order springs from chaos. With razor-sharp wit and playful language, Sequence asks, in our lives, in our universe, and even in our stories, does order matter?

Awards and Honours

2014 Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama-Albert Literary Awards (Writers’ Guild of Alberta) (Winner)
2013  Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play (Winner)
2013  Woodward/Newman Drama Award (Winner)
2013  Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Best New Script (Winner)
2012  Stage International Script Competition (Finalist)
2011  Alberta Playwriting Competition (Winner)


Publisher Playwrights Canada Press

Arun Lakra’s personal website