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The Invisible Hand

Ayad Akhtar
date of presentation
April 5 - 23, 2016
April 2016
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Here's what people said about The Invisible Hand:

"All the elements – the acting, staging, lighting and music – come together to make Pi Theatre’s latest offering, 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, The Vancouver Observer
"In this Vancouver April of impressive performances the acting is outstanding."
- Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Plays
"David Robert’s set is evocative and Alan Brodie’s lighting design is at times gorgeous, which creates a wonderful contrast to the reality of what is taking place.  Gordon Grdina’s original music, used largely in transitions, is spot-on."
-Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents
"Richard Wolfe directs for Pi Theatre, a company always on the forefront of edgy, political theatre, and he brings together a superb cast of four for a tense, taut ninety minutes. Don’t miss The Invisible Hand. It will rattle your cage."
- Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

From April 5 - 23, 2016, The Cultch presented Pi Theatre's Canadian premiere production of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand.

This high stakes thriller follows Nick Bright, an American capital funds manager for the Citi Bank Corporation in South Asia, into a terrifying world of kidnapping and unrest in a remote region of Pakistan. As Nick negotiates to save his own life he begins to see his captors in a new light. The Invisible Hand is a complex look at how far we’ll go to save ourselves and asks: “what is the ultimate cost of our actions?”  

2pm: April 10, 17, 23
8pm: April 5 - 9, 12-16, 19-23
Talkbacks will be held on April 10, 12, 17 and 19, following the productions.

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).

The show is held at The Cultch's Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables Street.

The Invisible Hand runs approximately 120 minutes including intermission.

Director: Richard Wolfe

Cast: Craig Erickson, Shaker Paleja, Munish Sharma and Conor Wylie

Designers and Creative Team:
Costume Designer: Christine Reimer
Lighting Designer: Alan Brodie
Set Designer: David Roberts
Musical Director: Gordon Grdina
Sound Designer: Chris Kelly
Production Manager: Jayson Mclean
Stage Manager: Jethelo E. Cabilete
Apprentice Stage Manager: Maria Zarrillo
Props Manager: Jennifer Stewart
Apprentice Lighting Designer: Mike St. Jean
Assistant Production Manager: Mark Hetherington
Make-up Artist: Cheyenne Mabberley
Fight Designer: David McCormick
British Dialect Coach: Brett Harris
Dramaturg: Adele Noronha
Vocalist: Fathieh Honari

Jessie Richardson Award Nominations!

Pi and The Invisible Hand were nominated for 8 awards this year:
Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role - Munish Sharma
Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role - Conor Wylie
Outstanding Lighting Design - Alan Brodie (won)
Outstanding Set Design - David Roberts
Outstanding Costume Design - Christine Reimer
Outstanding Musical Composition - Gordon Grdina
Outstanding Direction - Richard Wolfe
Outstanding Production

On March 31, in the lead up to The Invisible Hand, Pi partnered with SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement for an exploration of the connections between the gloabl financial system and terrorism. The event, held at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre sparked incredible conversations that continued long after we finished!




Jessie Awards:

Outstanding Lighting Design, Alan Brodie

Jessie Award Nominations:

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, Munish Sharma

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Conor Wylie

Outstanding Set Design, David Roberts

Outstanding Composition, Gordon Grdina

Outstanding Costume Design, Christine Reimer

Outstanding Direction, Richard Wolfe

Outstanding Production