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WILD APPLAUSE “Gripping. MTC hands down a winner.” –San Francisco Chronicle

5 STARS “A tense thrill ride” –Marin IJ

“Fascinating” –TheaterDogs

Ayad Akhtar, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced, spins a provocative drama about how fanatical devotion—whether it’s to the scripture or to the dollar—can often lead to devastating consequences.

American banker Nick Bright finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when an Islamist militant group kidnaps him in Pakistan. When the United States won’t negotiate for his release, Nick offers to raise the $10 million ransom on his own by teaching his quick-tempered captor Bashir how to play the stock market.

While Nick and Bashir clash over their worldviews, Bashir proves to be an adept student of capitalism. In a race against the clock to save his own life, Nick must ask: is the price of freedom something he’s willing to pay?

Performance Schedule

Evenings

Tue - Sun 7:30pm

Matinees

Sun (Preview) June 5, 4:00pm

Thu (Perspectives) June 16, 1:00pm

Sat, June 11 & 25, July 2, 2:00pm

Sun June 12, 19 & 26, July 3, 2:00pm


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Ticket Prices

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Previews (June 2 - 5) $35 $35
Opening Night (June 7) $58 $53
Tue*, Wed, Thu $47 $42
Fri Eve $47 $42
Sat Eve $55 $50
Sun Eve & all Matinees $47 $42
Best Deal (all shows, limited availability) n/a $25

*Excludes Opening Night.

Prices subject to change. Phone orders subject to a $10 per order fee; online orders subject to a $3 per order fee.

Disabled seating is currently only available through the MTC Box Office (415.388.5208 or in person). We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Perspectives matinees feature open captioning assistance for patrons who are hearing or vision impaired at no extra charge, and occur on the third Thursday of every performance run (check the calendar above for the exact date for each show). For more information about our open captioned performances, please contact the MTC Box Office by calling 415.388.5208, emailing boxoffice@marintheatre.org, or visiting in person.


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Discounts

GROUPS – Bring eight or more people to receive a substantial discount on tickets. Click here or call 415.388.5208.

SENIORS (65+) – $4 off any performances

UNDER 30 – $20, all performances

TEENS – $10, all performances

TEACHER – $10, all performances (limit 2). Must teach at a Marin County School. Contact the Education Dept. to request.

MILITARY – $5 off all performances. Learn more

Discount tickets are only available through the MTC Box Office (415.388.5208 or in person), unless stated otherwise.

MTC Engaged Special Events

After Words

After Words

After Most Shows

Join a member of our artistic staff (often with one or more members of the cast) for a Q&A discussion after every performance, except on Saturday evenings, and Opening and Closing Nights.

Perspectives

Perspectives

Thu, Jun 16 | 12 noon

Before our weekday matinee, bring a brown bag lunch and listen to an informal pre-show talk by Literary Manager & Resident Dramaturg Lydia Garcia and possible surprise guest.

MTC After Hours

MTC After Hours

Saturday, May 7 | 9:30pm

After the performance join us at the MTC bar for jazz, drink specials, and camaraderie. MTC After Hour features the musical stylings of Full Mood Swing and is a low-key way to mix with fellow audience members, the cast, crew, and whoever else might stop by. A great way to continue the conversation after the curtain goes down!

Sitter Saturday

Sitter Saturday

Saturday, June 25

In addition to offering a special discount for Marin Theatre Company patrons, UrbanSitter will provide free babysitters for MTC’s Sitter Saturday on Saturday, June 25, at 2:00 pm.

Cast

  • Barzin Akhavan*

    Barzin Akhavan*

    Imam Saleem

    Barzin Akhavan is proud to make his MTC debut with The Invisible Hand. Other credits include. Guthrie Theatre, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (four seasons), Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Lookingglass Theatre, San Jose Rep (world premiere Kite Runner, SFBATCC best lead actor nomination), Arizona Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, four seasons with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Merrimack Rep, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Idaho Rep. International tour: NYTW/ArkType:Aftermath. Film/Television The Jew of Malta, Anniversary, Law and Order: Criminal IntentSmash. Training M.F.A., University of Washington PATP

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  • Jason Kapoor*

    Jason Kapoor*

    Dar

    Jason Kapoor is proud to be making his MTC debut with this production. Born and raised in San Jose, he has appeared in both the world premiere and the recent off-Broadway productions of Ideation by Aaron Loeb. Most recently seen in the Bay Area with California Shakespeare Theatre in Life is a Dream and prior to that at A.C.T in Indian Ink. He has also appeared at San Jose Repertory Theater in The Dresser and on tour as Lennie in Of Mice and Men. Mr. Kapoor earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University and his M.A. in Classical Acting from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

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  • Pomme Koch*

    Pomme Koch*

    Bashir

    Pomme Koch Is thrilled to make his Marin debut, 23 years after taking his very first acting classes as a kid at MTC. Recent New York credits include the workshop of a new musical at The Public Theater, A Tale Told By An Idiot at Lincoln Center Educational, Becket at The Gene Frankel Theatre, and the New York Times Critics' Pick, Who's Your Baghdaddy. Selected regional credits include productions of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at Round House Theatre and San Francisco Playhouse, Much Ado About Nothing at The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Admission at Theater J, A Composer Fit For A King with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Studio Theatre, and multiple projects and productions with The Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre. The University of Michigan.

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  • Craig Marker*

    Craig Marker*

    Nick Bright

    Craig Marker (Nick Bright) returns to Marin Theatre Company fresh from his roles as King Henry VIII and James I in Anne Boleyn. Other roles at MTC include Iago in Othello, Daniel Reeves in 9 Circles, Sharpe in Equivocation, Jim in Glass Menagerie, Trigorin in Seagull, and Bo Decker in Bus Stop. Regionally, Mr. Marker has performed for California Shakespeare Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Aurora Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, Center REPertory Company, Shotgun Players, and San Francisco Playhouse. Mr. Marker’s television and film credits include TraumaBye-Bye, Bin LadenGeneric Thriller and Night of Henna; and his voice work includes several characters in the video game Brutal Legend starring Jack Black. For the latest news and info go to craig-marker.com.

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Creative Team

  • Ayad Akhtar

    Ayad Akhtar

    playwright

    Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a novelist and author of American Dervish, published in over 20 languages worldwide and named a 2012 Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Toronto's Globe and Mail, Shelf Awareness, and O, The Oprah Magazine. His play Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, ran on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre and is currently the most produced play in the country. In addition to Disgraced, his plays The Who & The What and The Invisible Hand received Off-Broadway runs and are currently being produced at theaters across the country. Ayad was listed as the most produced playwright for the 2015/16 season by American Theatre. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has been the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Djerassi, the Sundance Institute, Ucross, and Yaddo, where he currently serves as a Board Director. He is also a Board Trustee at PEN/America.

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  • ​Jasson Minadakis

    ​Jasson Minadakis

    Director

    Jasson is in his tenth season as artistic director of MTC, where he has directed Anne Boleyn, The Convert, The Whale, Failure: A Love Story, the world premiere of Lasso of Truth, The Whipping Man (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards for best production and best acting ensemble), Waiting for Godot, Othello: the Moor of Venice, The Glass Menagerie, Edward Albee’s Tiny Alice, the world premiere of Seagull, Happy Now?, Equivocation (SFBATCC Award for best director), the world premiere of Sunlight, Lydia, The Seafarer, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Streetcar Named Desire, said Saïd, Love Song and The Subject Tonight is Love. As artistic director of Actor’s Express Theatre Company, he directed The Pillowman, Bug, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Echoes of Another Man, Killer Joe, Burn This, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?, Blue/Orange and Bel Canto. As producing artistic director of Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, he directed Jesus Hopped the ’A’ Train, Chagrin Falls (2002 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Production) and numerous others, including 19 productions of Shakespeare. Regional credits include The Whipping Man at Virginia Stage Company, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Hamlet at Georgia Shakespeare, Copenhagen at Playhouse on the Square (2003 Ostrander Theatre Award for Best Dramatic Production) and Bedroom Farce at Wayside Theatre.

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  • ​Sean McStravick*

    ​Sean McStravick*

    Stage Manager

    Sean has previously stage managed MTC’s productions of Anne Boleyn, Gem of the Ocean, My Mañana Comes, The Oldest Boy, Choir Boy, The Convert, The Whale, Fetch Clay, Make Man and Good People. He has worked for numerous Bay Area theaters including Shotgun Players, 42nd Street Moon and Willows Theatre Company, where he was the production stage manager from 2010 to 2012. Regionally, he has also supported productions at North Coast Repertory Theatre, Blue Trunk Theatre Company, Back Seat Theatre, the Reduced Shakespeare Company and Actors Alliance of San Diego. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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  • Kat Conley

    Kat Conley

    Scenic Designer

    Kat Conley is ecstatic to be returning to Marin Theatre Company, after previously designing The Whipping Man, The Glass Menagerie and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.  Based in Atlanta, GA since 2000, Kat has designed scenery for The Arena Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Alliance Theater, Orlando Shakespeare, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, Virginia Stage, Georgia Shakespeare, the Atlanta Ballet, Actor’s Express, The Center for Puppetry Arts, 7 Stages, and Theatrical Outfit, among others. She is an Associate Artist with both Georgia Shakespeare and Actor’s Express. For the past 16 seasons Kat has also served as the Charge Scenic Artist for the Alliance Theater. Whether dramatically challenging, visionary or escapist, all theater and art is important, thank you for supporting it in your community. 

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  • Callie Floor

    Costume Designer

    Callie Floor has designed costumes for MTC’s productions of Choir Boy, Lasso of Truth, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Topdog/Underdog, Seven Guitars, Fuddy Meers, 9 Circles, Sunlight, boom, My Name is Asher Lev, Magic Forest Farm, Lydia, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and The Subject Tonight is Love. Her work was most recently seen in The Lyons at Aurora Theatre Company and Elephant Man for Circle of Life Theatre. She has designed for many other Bay Area theaters including A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe and West Bay Opera. Floor is the resident designer for the California Revels and currently holds the position of Costume Rentals Supervisor for A.C.T. She has a BFA from the University of Utah and a Higher Diploma in Theatre Design from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. She is currently working on Persuasion for Livermore Shakespeare Festival.

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  • York Kennedy

    York Kennedy

    Lighting Designer

    York Kennedy is a Lighting Designer for the Performing Arts and Architecture. His designs for MTC include Failure: A Love Story, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Waiting for Godot, the world premiere of Bellwether, In the Red & Brown Water (scenic and lighting designer), My Name is Asher Lev. His designs have been seen in theatres and attractions across America, Europe and Asia in companies including Arena Stage, Chicago Shakespeare, Hartford Stage, Sibiu International Arts Festival, Seattle Repertory, American Conservatory Theatre, Macedonian Arts Festival, Polish National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, The Alley Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Denver Center. He has designed over 45 productions for The Old Globe in San Diego, CA and spent six seasons as resident lighting designer for the company’s Shakespeare Festival. In the dance world he has designed for Malashock Dance, Brian Webb and Tracey Rhodes. Architectural lighting designs include both national and international themed environments, theme park, residential, retail, restaurant and museum projects. Current projects include Moscow Dream Island (Russia), Motiongate (Dubai), Ocean Flower (China) and Rear Window (Broadway). He is a graduate of the California Institute for the Arts and the Yale School of Drama.

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  • Chris Houston

    Sound Designer

    Chris  is a pianist, composer and sound designer. He has composed music and/or designed sound for over 30 MTC productions, including The Oldest Boy, The Convert, The Whale, Failure: A Love Story, August Wilson’s Fences, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, The Whipping Man , Waiting for Godot, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio PlayTopdog/Underdog, Othello, the Moor of Venice, The Glass Menagerie, the world premiere of Bellwether, Seven Guitars, In the Red and Brown Water and more. Locally, his designs and compositions have been featured at A.C.T., Aurora Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, Center REP, Magic Theatre and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

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  • Lynne Soffer

    Lynne Soffer

    Dialect Coach

    Lynne has provided coaching for over 30 MTC productions, including The Convert, Good People, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Othello, the Moor of Venice, A Steady Rain and The Glass Menagerie. She has served as dialect/text coach on over 250 theater productions, including A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, Magic Theatre, Cal Shakes. SF Playhouse, Marin Shakespeare Company, the Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, Arizona Theatre Company, the Arena Stage, Seattle Rep and Denver Center Theatre Company. Her film and television credits include Fruitvale Station, Metro, Duets, The Land of Milk and Honey and America’s Most Wanted. Soffer is a professional actor, director and teacher of actors. She is the recipient of the 2011 Actors’ Equity Association Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award.

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  • Safi Manzoor

    Cultural Consultant

    Safi joined MTC in May 2013 as Business Manager. He previously worked as a contractor with the United States Department of Defense, where he held several positions including Executive Administrative Assistant and Linguists’ Site Manager. He has also worked with IBM as Linguistic Consultant in building Machine Translation Devices for the DoD. He holds a BS in physiology and an AA in Business Administration.

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  • Trevor Scott Floyd

    Trevor Scott Floyd

    Assistant Director

    Trevor joined Marin Theatre Company as an Artistic Direction intern in August 2015 and is thrilled to be a part of the artistic team. Originally from the beaches of South Carolina, he graduated with a dual major in Theatre and Political Science from Clemson University before trading in the Palmetto trees for the Redwoods. Professionally, he has served as an Assistant Director for Marin Theatre Company (The Invisible Hand, My Mañana Comes), The Warehouse Theatre (Avenue Q), and GLOW Lyric Theatre (Rent. La Boheme). He also directed and produced the 2016 Holocaust Remembrance Day staged reading of Jeff Cohen's The Soap Myth at MTC in conjunction with the National Jewish Theatre Foundation. He is committed to telling stories which reflect the diverse make up of our world, and to promoting underrepresented and new voices both on stage and off.

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  • Lizabeth Stanley

    Lizabeth Stanley

    Props Artisan

    Liz recently returned to Marin Theatre Company after a year as the Production Manager for Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Her recent credits include The Unfortunates and Monstress at A.C.T, The Comedy of Errors and Year of the Rooster at Impact Theatre and the 2015 ReOrient Festival at Golden Thread. Her upcoming shows include Chester Bailey at A.C.T. and A House Tour of the Infamous Porter Family Mansion With Tour Guide Weston Ludlow Londonderry at ZSpace. Lizabeth has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from The Ohio State University.

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

Reviews

  • Marin Theatre Co. hands down a winner with ‘Invisible Hand’

    When characters in a play spend a whole scene hunched over a laptop, it usually spells death for drama. What could be less interesting than watching other people stare at screens — often one of the very things we attend theater in order to escape?

    So it’s telling that in “The Invisible Hand,” now in its Bay Area premiere at Marin Theatre Company, the scenes in front of a computer are every bit as gripping as those at gunpoint.

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    — Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, SFGATE Read full review
  • MTC’s hostage drama ‘Invisible Hand’ is a tense thrill ride

    Ayad Akhtar is all the rage right now. The New York-born, Milwaukee-bred playwright’s Pulitzer prize-winning debut drama “Disgraced,” which had its West Coast premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in November, is the most-produced play at member theaters of the national organization Theatre Communications Group this season (not including Shakespeare and Christmas plays), according to American Theatre magazine. He’s also the most produced playwright among those 386 theaters nationwide this season (again, not including Shakespeare). Not bad for a guy with only three plays produced so far, all of which premiered in 2012. His fourth play, “Junk: The Golden Age of Debt” is set to debut at La Jolla Playhouse in July.

    The way the relationships and balance of power continually shift keeps the audience on tenterhooks, especially because the threat of death is never far from the surface.

    Marin Theatre Company’s Bay Area premiere of Akhtar’s drama “The Invisible Hand” gives a strong sense of what all the fuss is about. The play premiered at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in 2012 and has played at several theaters since then (including off-Broadway), and the script was published in book form last year, but the playwright reportedly sent MTC three new scenes just two weeks before previews, so this could be said to be the U.S. premiere of this particular version of the play.

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    — Sam Hurwitt, Marin IJ Read full review
  • Money trumps all in MTC’s fascinating Invisible Hand

    Marin Theatre Company concludes its 49th season with a play that is timely for this election cycle to be sure, but because its focus is on the powerful religion known as money, it’s really timely all the time.

    The Invisible Hand by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced), is set in the Middle East, involves Muslim extremists and traffics in terrorism in the form of a potentially lucrative (and vengeful) kidnapping of American banker Nick Bright. But the most fascinating aspect of the drama is how incisively it cuts into what money (lots of it) does to human beings, whatever their cause or background. Akhtar takes a situation we think we know: an American employee of Citibank is kidnapped and held for $10 million ransom while he is working in Pakistan. The kidnappers, followers of a man named Imam Saleem, are attempting to bring some semblance of order back to their country after the U.S. has “raped and plundered” it and the government has failed its people utterly.

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    — Chad Jones, TheaterDogs Read full review

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