Arun Lakra
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Writer. Doctor. Father.
Hoped 1/3 would be easy...


Recent TedX Youth talk at Rundle Academy. Thrilled to be a part of this amazing event.

Recent Adventures...

Led a fun Jane's Walk with Johann Zeitsman in April 2015. "Arts Walk". 

 played in Edmonton, AB. October 29 - November 16, 2014. Shadow Theatre.

A fun preview and interview in the Edmonton Journal.

Enjoyed speaking to a sold out (650 people!) PechaKuchaYYC event. Managed not to trip going on stage.

Had an amazing experience participating in Wordfest. A thrill to meet the other writers.

Spent a great evening speaking to students and theatre community at the University of Regina Playwright Reading Series.

Sequence won the 2014 Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama - Writers Guild of Alberta, Alberta Literary Awards. 

Sequence was long-listed for the James Tait Black Drama Prize -  University of Edinburgh/National Theatre of Scotland.

A recent interview with Open Book Toronto.

Sequence Trailer

Sequence: The book launch

March, 2014


Sequence - The journey continues...

Winner - Woodward/Newman Drama  Award - Bloomington Playwrights Project - 2013

Winner - Betty Mitchell Award - Outstanding New Play - 2013

Winner - Calgary Theatre Critics' Award - Best New Script - 2013

Selected - Telluride Playwrights Festival - 2013

Finalist - STAGE International Script Competition (Judges included Tony Kushner) - 2012

Winner - Grand Prize -  Alberta Playwriting Competition - 2011

US Premiere - Bloomington Playwrights Project - October 2013

The World Premiere of Sequence has come and gone...

Absolutely one of the most dynamic and intriguing shows I've seen this year... it will be one of the most interesting and well-conceived shows you've had the pleasure of seeing.

Jessica Goldman, CBC radio

Lucky for us, Arun Lakra took a stab at playwriting... Lakra's style is a little bit Aaron (West Wing) Sorkin (if he was a science geek instead of a politics geek), a little bit David Mamet (if he was a little less macho and more funny) and a whole lot of Tom Stoppard (if Stoppard was a Calgarian instead of British) all coming at you like a cavalcade of playwriting's greatest hits over the past three decades.

Stephen Hunt, The Calgary Herald

A play and a playwright that deserve to find international acclaim. Four stars.

Louis B. Hobson, The Calgary Sun

A couple of reviews...

And previews...

And announcements...

 And some favorite books...

Avenue Magazine article: 12 plays calgary theatre insiders can't wait to watch

Globe and Mail article... Calgary doctor short-listed for International theatre award

BBC World Service - Science in Action Interview:

Oh, and it seems the lockout is over...

Write your Subplot...

In each of our lives, there is the plot. The main through-line which gets us from point A (birth) to point Z (let's call it the finish line). Our respective plots take us through the major events and milestones, joys and catastrophes, jobs and marriages, mortgages and taxes. Our plots may be simple or complicated, tragic or comedic, Oscar-worthy or Ishtary. But our plots are often how we define ourselves. And to this we say, “pish-posh”.

Like any good film, and many not-so-good ones, we all have subplots. The incidental stuff. The day-to-day moments and points of questionable interest that go hurtling by. The "irrelevant" encounters like that time you got caught in a hailstorm and a golf ball sized chunk of hail landed on your glove and in a strange yet unmistakable way it kinda looked like a tiny head with a wreath on top of it and you shouted Hail Caesar and thought yourself quite clever except nobody was around and he melted and it's not the kind of thing you can really share after the fact. 

These are the scenes which make our lives richer and more fun.

The plot is written. Write your subplot.
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