The Invisible Hand
Produced in association with Seattle’s ACT Theatre

The Invisible Hand

March 10 - April 5, 2015
Morrison Stage

By Ayad Akhtar
Directed By Allen Nause
Designs by Resident Artists Kristeen Willis Crosser & Sharath Patel

The 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright’s tense plot involves a kidnapped American “futures” trader in Pakistan playing the market for his life. In this riveting, shockingly relevant play, taut scenarios unfold as the trader works to earn his release while unwittingly handing the tools for financial chaos and political vindication to his captor.

Click this link to hear a fascinating and insightful segment on “Think Out Loud” — host Dave Miller talks about The Invisible Hand with playwright Ayad Akhtar, Director Allen Nause and actor Imran Sheikh on OPB.

Study Guide
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Morrison Stage

1515 SW Morrison St. Portland 97205


 “…a nice, sharp hostage thriller on the surface, but then it veers into the territory of political economics and deepens into something deliciously different”

Barry Johnson, Oregon Artswatch

The Invisible Hand Packs a Punch … Nothing is black or white, and it’s in the shades of grey that Akhtar’s play has its greatest power…”

Fiona McCann, Portland Monthly

“…well-conceived, well-crafted production of an emotionally stirring and intellectually provocative play.”

Richard Wattenberg, The Oregonian

“Akhtar’s script has the moral intelligence of a great play but the jittery energy of a Hollywood blockbuster—a hybrid of terrorist-kidnapping cliff-hanger and Wall Street noir—but the action is all contained in his pugilistic dialogue and the dynamo performances.”

Brendan Kiley, The Stranger



Allen Nause

Production Team

Matthew Smucker
Scenic Designer
Rose Pederson
Costume Designer
Kristeen Willis
Lighting Designer
Brendan Patrick Hogan
Composer / Sound Designer
Sharath Patel
Sound Coordinator
Natalie Rae Heikkinen
Props Coordinator
Jonathan Cole
Fight Choreographer
Connor Toms
Fight Coordinator
Carol Ann Wohlmut
Production Stage Manager
Will Bailey
Production Assistant
Jessica Evans Irvine
2nd Production Assistant
Jason Coffey
Board Op