"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?”
Showtimes: 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!
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