Photo Flash: First Look at THE INVISIBLE HAND at Westport Country Playhouse

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Global finance and cultures collide in "The Invisible Hand," a topical thriller written by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar, at Westport Country Playhouse, now through August 6. Director is David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

In "The Invisible Hand," an American futures trader is kidnapped and held hostage in Pakistan. His ransom is ten million dollars. Using his global market expertise, he turns his prison cell into a trading floor in an attempt to raise the ransom money and earn freedom.

The title of the play is derived from a concept that 'the invisible hand' is a natural phenomenon that guides the free market by everyone's self-interest, attributed to economist Adam Smith.

The cast includes Jameal Ali as Dar (Off-Broadway's "The Invisible Hand," "Romeo and Juliet"; London's "Titus Andronicus," "Our Country's Good); Eric Bryant as Nick Bright (WCP's "Room Service"; Off-Broadway's "Angels in America"; TV's "The Blacklist," "Blue Bloods" "Deception"); Fajer Kaisi as Bashir (Regional theater's "Disgraced"; Off-Broadway and international tour of "Aftermath"; film's "Long Halftime Walk" - Ang Lee); and Rajesh Bose as Imam Saleem (Off-Broadway's "Indian Ink," Long Wharf Theatre's "Disgraced" - Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Actor; TV's "The Sopranos").

Director David Kennedy is in his eighth season as Playhouse associate artistic director. He has directed Playhouse productions each season, including "Suddenly Last Summer," and "Loot." He was previously with Dallas Theater Center, and was founding artistic director of The Lunar Society in Toronto and Milkman Theatre Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The design team includes Adam Rigg, scenic design; Emily Rebholz, costume design, Matthew Richards, lighting design; and Fitz Patton, sound design.

Single tickets start at $30; buy early for best prices. For more information and to buy tickets, visit or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport.

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

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