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The Invisible Hand


The Invisible Hand is a play written by playwright, novelist, and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar. The play centers around American banker, Nick Bright, specializing in the Pakistani futures market who is kidnapped by a terrorist organization looking to protect local community interests. It examines the nature of greed and pits the pervasive philosophy of capitalism against Islamic fanaticism, revealing unifying human passions, underlying tensions, and failings that span the ideological spectrum. The play received its world premiere as a one act play at The Repertory Theatre of St Louis in 2012. The play then was produced in an expanded two-act version respectively at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and New York Theatre Workshop. The Invisible Hand had its London premiere at the Tricycle Theatre in 2016 with a revised second act. The New York production received an OBIE Award for playwriting and won the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award.
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