When Nick, an American financial guru is captured and held by a militant Islamic organization in Pakistan, he is forced to raise his own 10 million dollar ransom. In his desperate quest to gain his freedom, he warms to the task, as does his captor and avid student, Bashir, with terrifying results. An important new voice in the American Theatre, Ayad Akhtar delivers a chilling examination of personal and political responsibility, and the shifting sands of the global power structure.
Age Recommendation: 14+ for some violence, terrorism, and adult language.
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The Invisible Hand playwright, Pulitzer winner Ayad Akhtar, just finished a run of his new play The Who & The What at Lincoln Center and he opens Disgraced on Broadway this fall. He wrote the best-selling novel American Dervish and wrote & co-starred in The War Within . Akhtar was able to work on The Invisible Hand in our rehearsal room, putting the final touches on the script and collaborating with the creative team on making the production the best it can be.
Read more about his career, background, and motivations in this interview with ACT's Literary Manager, Anita Montgomery.
An Interview with Ayad Akhtar
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