The Invisible Hand

By Ayad Akhtar
Directed By Allen Nause

March 10, 2015 – April 5, 2015

Morrison Stage

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.

  • Designs by Resident Artists Kristeen Willis Crosser & Sharath Patel 
  • Produced in association with Seattle’s ACT Theatre

RUNNING TIME: Approximately 1 hour & 40 minutes plus one intermission.
RECOMMENDATIONS: For adults and older teens. Profanity.

Cast and Production Team


Connor Toms +

Nick Bright

Imran Sheikh +


William Ontiveros +

Imam Saleem


Allen Nause +



Scenic Designer: Matthew Smucker #

Costume Designer: Rose Pederson #

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Willis #

Composer/Sound Designer: Brendan Patrick Hogan

Sound Coordinator: Sharath Patel #^

Props Coordinator: Natalie Rae Heikkinen

Fight Choreographer : Jonathan Cole *^

Fight Coordinator: Connor Toms

Production Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Production Assistant: Will Bailey

2nd Production Assistant: Jessica Evans Irvine

Board Op: Jason Coffey

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media




 "...a nice, sharp hostage thriller on the surface, but then it veers into the territory of political economics and deepens into something deliciously different," writes Barry Johnson of ArtsWatch in his review here.

"engrossing tale of global money, clashing cultures...enjoyable, funny, informative, and disconcerting experience..." - Estevan Munoz,

 “…tight, compact, suspenseful work…” - Thomas Ross, Portland Mercury 

“'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/

“…deep ideas and words, the play has a pounding rhythm…” Dennis Sparks, Dennis Sparks Reviews

Reactions from our audience:

  • “It’s magnificent! The actors are brilliant.”
  • “It makes you feel like you are there.”
  • “Very provocative – I must see it again.”
  • “It was fascinating. It felt so relevant and contemporary.”

"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. " wrote The Stranger of the Seattle production. Read the review here.



Click this link to hear yesterday's 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 Oregon Public Broadcasting- OPB.


A great resource for all but beware of SPOILERS!! Download it here.


Click here to check out the production's playbill.