Sequence, by Arun Lakra, an eye surgeon and writer from Calgary, Canada, is a humorous and complicated exploration of the importance of order – in our genetic code, in chronology, and in our lives. It was the winning full-length script in APN’s 2011 Alberta Playwriting Competition and received a staged reading at PlayWorks Ink 2011.
And now, the play has been announced as one of three finalists (the only one from Canada) for the STAGE International Playwriting Competition. STAGE – Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration – will award the winning playwright a $10,000 cash prize and an opportunity to further develop their play. Nearly 200 scripts from a dozen countries were submitted for this competition.
The winner will be selected by a world-class panel of judges, all multiple award-winners in their own right: Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Olivier Award, Emmy Award, Obie Award, and Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award winner; David Lindsay-Abaire, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright; Donald Margulies, Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award-winning playwright; Dr. Robert C. Richardson, Nobel Laureate in physics; Dr. Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate in physics; and Dr. David Wineland, winner of the National Medal of Science and the Benjamin Franklin Medal.