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The Invisible Hand

Pi Theatre (Vancouver)

Apr 5 – 23, 2016

Historic Theatre

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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


“Don’t miss The Invisible Hand. It will rattle your cage” – Jo Ledingham, The Vancouver Courier

“All the elements – the acting, staging, lighting and music – come together to make The Invisible Hand an adrenalin-charged thriller that will glue you to the edge of your velvet-plush chair in The Cultch’s Historic Theatre” – Lincoln Kaye, Vancouver Observer

“The show succeeds in delivering a complex, intelligent discussion on Islam’s relationship to the Western world and the effect of money on politics, both individual and corporate” – Joe Hinks, GVPTA

“Like Akhtar’s Disgraced, which made my list as the best theatre in 2015 when it played the Arts Club, The Invisible Hand is just as smart, and just as relevant. It too will keep the conversations going long after the curtain” – Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

“It’s a fine evening of political theatre of the sort we too rarely get to see, and a showcase for some absolutely excellent acting” – Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Plays

“The Invisible Hand’s tale of terrorism and money is as timely as it is thought-provoking” – Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

“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
Speak Up! will be held on April 21 following the production. Speak Up! is your chance to get talking. Stick around after the performance for a chance to discuss it with each other; ask questions, offer your insights and collectively enhance your understanding and experience of the play. Speak Up! is facilitated by Linda Pitt (Pi’s Associate Producer) and Heidi Taylor (Artistic and Executive Director of Playwrights Theatre Centre).


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


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