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SEQUENCE, by Arun Lakra

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About the Play

A humorous and richly-layered exploration, Sequence asks the question:  in our lives, in our universe, and even in our stories, does order matter?

About the Playwright

Arun Lakra is a 45 year-old Canadian eye surgeon who doubles as a writer – or vice versa.

He was born in New Delhi, India, and has lived in Canada since he was three years old.

Arun studied at McGill University and at the University of Calgary before receiving his MD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1990. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Silver Medal in recognition of his academic standing.

Having endured one too many Canadian winters, Arun chose to complete his internship at the University of Hawaii. Here, he not only learned how to surf, but also how to suture himself up after cutting his leg wide open while learning to surf.

Subsequently, Arun completed his Ophthalmology Residency training program at the University of Toronto, where he graduated as the Top Resident.

Arun returned home to Calgary in 1997, and other than his brief stint as a bike tour guide in Provence, France, has been practicing ophthalmology since.

From a young age, Arun has been passionate about writing. Shortly after completing his medical training, Arun realized that the right side of his brain had become disturbingly atrophic. He made a conscious decision to pursue his first love, to study the craft of writing.

Arun is a playwright, as well as a screenwriter and songwriter. One of his favorite projects was a song he wrote and recorded to protest the demotion of Pluto (which, sadly, remains a dwarf planet . . .). Pluto Rocks received international attention.

Arun’s first play was Blindspot. Sequence, Arun’s second play and the culmination of years of incubation, was awarded the 2011 Alberta Playwriting Competition Grand Prize.

His screenplay, Voices, received three rounds of Telefilm Canada development funding, as well as Movie Central development funding. Voices won the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters’ Feature Film Screenplay Workshop, and was optioned by Corey Marr Productions.

In 2010, Arun’s Tragic Romantic Mocku Fantasy album was released. His 2009 Hey There Iginla YouTube video received a five star rating and reached #1 in Canada in various categories; it was also featured on local and national television, on radio, and in print media. Cranky received an Honorable Mention in Billboard Magazine’s World Song Contest.

Arun’s non-fiction writing includes “The Arts and Medical Practice” in Humane Medicine, Vol. 6:3, and co-authorship of the book, In Search of 20/20: Everything You Need to Know about Laser Eye Surgery.

Arun is a member of the Medical Royal College of Surgeons of Canada; the American Board of Ophthalmology (Board Certified), the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, the Alberta Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Creative Alberta Playwrights’ Network, Theatre Alberta, and the Songwriters’ Association of Canada.

Currently, Arun lives in Calgary, Canada, with his wife, Roopa, and two children, seven-year-old Taro and five-year-old Siya. He divides his work week equally between writing and medicine. Arun aspires to teach his kids to follow their dreams and passions, regardless of convention or expectation.