From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Disgraced and author of Kansas City Repertory’s coveted production of The Who & The What comes The Invisible Hand.
KC Rep audiences that last saw Akhtar’s acclaimed comedy The Who & The What in 2014 will now experience Akhtar’s internationally lauded political thriller beginning October 14.
In The Invisible Hand, an American banker is taken hostage in Pakistan by captors seeking a ransom – but instead of capturing a high-level executive, they mistakenly take Nick Bright, a mid-level trader for whom his country and company will not negotiate. The three captors and their hostage strike a deal: Nick can save his own life if he can earn his ransom through stock market trades. This intense thriller reveals the complicated truth behind our simple perceptions of good versus evil and East versus West, as we discover that the invisible hand that moves the global market is more easily manipulated than Nick’s captors believe.
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About the writer
Ayad Akhtar is a Pakistani-American playwright, novelist, screenwriter and actor. He is most famous for his Tony nominated play "Disgraced". From Milwaukee, Akhtar graduated from Brown University and taught acting in New York and Vienna, Austria. He has won the New York Documentary Center’s Young Documentary Filmmakers’ Award, the IFP Audience Choice Award and Programming Committee’s Award for Best Film at the 2003 Columbia University Film Festival. His first novel, "American Dervish", was published in 2012.
About the director
Before joining the team at KC Rep, Genochio served as production manager for Alabama Shakespeare Festival, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Sacramento Theatre Company and Southwest Missouri State University. He also spent ten seasons as Scenery Director for the Utah Shakespearean Festival and served as Technical Director at Illinois State University, Lafayette College, and Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and toured nationally with Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre Company. Genochio has an MFA in Technical Production from Florida State University and a BS from Northwest Missouri State University.
KC Rep: debut. Regional: Baby Lily, Terrior, Pairi Daisa (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Pericles (Factory Theatre); Twelfth Night (Footlight Players); The...read more
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Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte*
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Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte of The Invisible Hand shares his insight into the character into the character he plays onstage: “Bashir...read more
KC Rep: debut. International: Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Royal Shakespeare Company, UK). New York: Happy Hour (The Atlantic Theater Company)....read more
Rock Kohli of The Invisible Hand shares his insight into the character he plays onstage: “The Imam is a saint...read more
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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