Betty Mitchell Award-winning play Sequence about science, luck and faith kicks off 2017

December 6, 2016, TORONTORichard Rose, Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre, is pleased to announce the new year will arrive with the Toronto debut of Sequence, by eye surgeon, filmmaker, musician and playwright Arun Lakra and directed by Tarragon’s former Associate Artistic Director Andrea Donaldson. The play runs January 3 – February 12, 2017 (opening January 11) in the Mainspace.

Do you believe in luck? A man successfully bets double or nothing on the Super Bowl coin toss for twenty years in a row. A professor races the clock on a ground-breaking discovery to cure the disease that is causing her own progressive blindness. Two fascinating stories intertwine like DNA, examining the interplay between science, faith, probability and luck.

Both a writer and doctor, Lakra is an active member of Calgary’s medical and artistic communities, dividing his time working as a playwright and eye surgeon. A writer with  multifaceted interests, in Sequence Lakra draws on his medical knowledge to create a smart, complex work. Lakra describes the play’s structure as “reflecting the double helix of DNA,” creating an experience where “interpretation of the play would depend on the order in which you perceived things to happen.”

Sequence features a celebrated cast, including Kevin Bundy (Tarragon’s The Clockmaker, Soulpepper’s Jitters) as Theo, Jesse LaVercombe (Videofag’s Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender), Ava Jane Markus (Outside the March’s Terminus) and Nancy Palk (Tarragon’s Wormwood, Tarragon’s You Will Remember Me).

The play comes to Tarragon following a successful run in Calgary. Lakra has received several awards for the piece, including the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play (2013), Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Best New Script (2013), Grand Prize – Alberta Playwriting Competition (Alberta Playwrights’ Network, 2011) and Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Award for Drama (Bloomington Playwrights Project, 2013).

“We can’t wait to see audience reactions to Sequence. Depending on a person’s experience and scientific knowledge, they’re sure to experience the play in different ways,” notes Richard Rose, “We’re excited to host a piece so intelligent and enthralling –  and with such a fantastic cast – it’s a great way to kick off 2017.”

Sequence                
In Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace
by Arun Lakra
directed by Andrea Donaldson
featuring Kevin Bundy, Jesse LaVercombe, Ava Jane Markus and Nancy Palk
January 3 – February 12, 2017 (opening January 11)

Do you believe in luck? A man successfully bets double or nothing on the Super Bowl coin toss for twenty years in a row. A professor races the clock on a ground-breaking discovery to cure the disease that is causing her own progressive blindness. Two fascinating stories intertwine like DNA, examining the interplay between science, faith, probability and luck.

Winner of Gwen Pharis Ringwood Drama Prize (Alberta Literary Awards, 2015), Outstanding New Play 2013 – Betty Mitchell Award, Best New Script 2013 – Calgary Theatre Critics Award, Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Award for Drama (Bloomington Playwrights Project, 2013), Grand Prize – Alberta Playwriting Competition (2011).

“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, Governor General’s Literary Award-winning Author

CAST + CREW
Written by Arun Lakra
Directed by Andrea Donaldson
Starring Kevin Bundy as Theo, Jesse LaVercombe as Mr. Adamson, Ava Jane Markus as Cynthia and Nancy Palk as Dr. Guzman
Lighting & set design by Jason Hand
Prop design by Care Robertson
Sound design by Thomas Ryder Payne
Costume design by Joanna Yu
Stage manager Natasha Bean-Smith

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Showtimes are Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2:30pm, and select Saturdays at 2:30pm.

Tickets range from $29 – 65 and can be purchased online at www.tarragontheatre.com, or by phone at 416-531-1827. Discounts are available for seniors, students, groups and arts workers. Patrons under 35 & arts workers visit www.tarragontheatre.com/tarragon22.

Tarragon offers the most flexible subscription packages in the city with savings of up to 40%, allowing patrons to choose their productions, change their dates free of charge, and offering many different price points to suit all schedules and budgets. Visit the website or call Patron Services today for more information.

Rush tickets are sold for $20 cash only, in person at the theatre two hours before showtime. This year Tarragon will also be offering online rush tickets at varying discounts, 24h prior to the show. Both Rush ticket options are subject to availability.

For more information on Tarragon’s events and activities, visit www.tarragontheatre.com/calendar.

Tarragon Theatre’s 2016/2017 Season Sponsor is BMO Financial Group. The 2016/17 Season Media Sponsors are NOW Magazine, Jazz FM Radio, and Zoomer Radio/Classical 96.3. Sequence is sponsored by AIMIA.

Tarragon Theatre gratefully acknowledges annual operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.

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ABOUT TARRAGON THEATRE

Tarragon Theatre is Canada’s home for groundbreaking contemporary playwriting. For 46 years, Tarragon Theatre has created, developed and produced new plays by home-grown artists as well as significant works from the world stage, vitally contributing to the important legacy of a Canadian culture. Tarragon assists 30+ emerging and established playwrights each year through residencies, grants, dramaturgical support, and training programs. Patrons of all ages attend lectures, workshops, talkback weeks, play readings, and other events designed to engage audiences with new work. Since its founding, over 190 works have premiered at Tarragon and over 500 scripts have been created and workshopped, receiving 34 nominations and 11 wins for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Richard Rose has been the Artistic Director since 2002. For more information visit www.tarragontheatre.com.

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