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Playwrights Canada Press Spring 2020

Sequence (Second Edition)
2nd edition
By (author): Arun Lakra
Arun Lakra


Playwrights Canada Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Mar 16, 2020
$17.95 CAD


8.45in x 5.45 x 0.3 in | 160 gr

Page Count:

128 pages


80 minutes
Playwrights Canada Press
DRAMA / Canadian
Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play 2013, Winner Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Best New Script 2013, Winner Grand Prize in Alberta Playwriting Competition 2011, Winner Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama 2014, Winner James Tait Black Drama Prize 2014, Long-listed STAGE International Script Competition 2012, Short-listed Woodward-Newman Drama Award 2013, Winner
  • Short Description
In a scintillating back-and-forth puzzle of “what if,” the foundations of what we know and how we know them come into question through two interwoven narratives.

“Luck is like irony. Not everybody who thinks they got it, got it.”

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 double helix 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?

Sequence continues to get new productions and university class studies since it premiered in 2013.

Arun Lakra has three jobs. Writer. Doctor. Dad. He hoped one of them would be easy. (He was wrong.) In addition to his work as a playwright, Arun has written a book on laser eye surgery, a supernatural thriller screenplay, a song to protest the demotion of Pluto (unsuccessful), and his share of illegible prescriptions. He has also written and directed an award-​winning short film, Probability, based on his play Sequence. Arun lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife and two kids, and divides his work week between his creative endeavours and his ophthalmology practice. You can find out more at www.arunlakra.com or follow him @arunlakraOU.

Sequence is a smart, funny, fast-paced play on the nature of luck and love that will leave both your head and your heart spinning.”

- Vern Thiessen, award-winning author of Vimy

“An intellectual Rubik's cube that challenges us to consider some of our most profound questions in a search for some kind of alignment.”

- Colin MacLean, Edmonton Sun

“Lakra’s writing style is a little bit Aaron Sorkin . . . a little bit David Mamet . . . and a whole lot of Tom Stoppard . . . all coming at you like a cavalcade of playwriting’s greatest hits over the past three decades. Sequence balances smart and heart.”

- Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald

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