The Invisible Hand

April 5, 2016 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Historic Theatre
1895 Venables Street
Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6

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When playing the stock market means life or death…

Fascinated by Wall Street and world news? Don’t miss The Invisible Hand!

Directed by Richard Wolfe, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced)’s provocative play follows a kidnapped American trader in Pakistan playing the market for his life. In this timely political thriller from one of North America’s hottest playwrights, taut scenarios unfold as the trader works to earn his release while unwittingly handing the tools for financial chaos and political vindication to his captors. Who will decide his fate? His captors, or the whims of the market?

“In our day and age, not to understand how deeply finance has informed and defined our relationships is to miss an important part of what it means to be alive right now, in this civilization.” — Ayad Akhtar, playwright and 2013 Pulitzer Prize recipient

“Countries that can’t trade with one another go to war against each other” — Bretton Woods


“A tense, provocative thriller about the unholy nexus of international terrorism and big bucks” — Seattle Times

“An investigation of the manipulation of global financial markets – by good guys or bad guys – and the power of the almighty dollar to shape or shake societies around the world” — The New York Times

“A dazzling new voice in American theater. [Akhtar’s] masterfully constructed plays are brainy, incisive and humorous” – The Washington Post

About the Company:


Pi Theatre

Pi Theatre is a Vancouver theatre company in its 31st year that produces bold and uncompromising plays that explore modern life. Pi connects audiences with theatre that’s intellectually alive and emotionally charged. Their productions extend beyond the stage to challenge perceptions and get people talking.

Venue: Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables Street

Show Dates and Times:
Apr 5, 8 PM: Preview
Apr 6, 8 PM: Opening
Apr 7 – 9, 12 – 16, 19 – 23: 8 PM
Apr 10, 17, 23: 2 PM

Post-show talkbacks: Apr 10, 12, 17, 19

Other events:
Speak up!: April 21


Written by: Ayad Akhtar
Directed by: Richard Wolfe
Performed by: Munish Sharma, Conor Wylie,
Shaker Paleja & Craig Erickson
Set Designer: David Roberts
Costume Designer: Christine Reimer
Lighting Designer: Alan Brodie
Musical Director & Composer: Gordon Grdina
Vocalist: Fathieh Honari
Sound Designer: Christopher Kelly
Production Manager: Jayson Mclean
Stage Manager: Jethelo E. Cabilete
ASM: Maria Zarrillo
Props Manager: Jennifer Stewart
Dramaturge: Adele Noronha
Makeup Artist: Cheyenne Mabberley
Fight Designer: David McCormick
British Dialect Coach: Brett Harris
General Manager: Shayna Goldberg
Associate Producer: Linda Pitt

Running Time: 115 minutes, including intermission