Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premier professional theater and member of the nationally acclaimed LORT Theatre, will present the suspenseful and provocative political thriller, “The Invisible Hand.” Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and directed by Kristen Coury, this show will run from March 26 to April 16, 2022 with previews on March 24 and 25.
“The Invisible Hand” follows an American investment banker as he is held for ransom by a militant group in Pakistan. In exchange for a chance at freedom, the banker makes a risky deal with his captors where he’ll teach them how to manipulate the financial market, but is the price of freedom something he’s willing to pay? “The Invisible Hand” is a tense and evocative thriller that explores the clashes and commonalities between two different cultures using the universal language of money.
“Different references, themes, concepts and world events make me realize how relevant this piece is. I am interested in helping to bridge the gaps between diverse populations of people who might not think they are the same as each other. One of the ways this piece does it is through the lens of money,” said Kristen Coury, Director and CEO of Gulfshore Playhouse and Artistic Director of Production.
Four professional actors will make their stage debuts at the Gulfshore Playhouse, with the help of casting director Michael Cassara.
Nick Bright’s lead character will be played by Kohler McKenzie. He was seen Off-Broadway at the American Renaissance Theater Company in “Kallie” and on NBC’s “Blacklist.”
Rishi Muhkherjee is a New York-based actor who will play the role of Dar. Her theater credits include “Hamlet” and “Kiss” with the CalArts School of Theater. Muhkherjee also appeared on screen in “Law & Order: SVU” and “Last Diwali”.
The role of Bashir will be played by Aby Moongamackel, an MFA graduate of Rutgers University and a classically trained actor from London’s Shakespeare’s Globe. His most recent credits include “As You Like It” at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Emmy-winning HBO series “Succession.”
Tony Mirrcandani as Imam Saleem. This will be her second performance in “The Invisible Hand” after the premiere at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. He could also be seen in “The Who & The What” at the Round House Theater and in films such as “Ender’s Game” by Summit Entertainment.
Rounding out the cast are two stunt doubles from the series: Buddy Haardt, who was recently in “The Carpenter” at Theater Alley and Mohammad Saleem, last seen in “The Wayward Daughter of Judah the Prince” at NYC’s Theater for the New City.
The creative team for “The Invisible Hand” includes lighting designer José Santiago, most recently known for his work on “Radio Golf” at the Gulfshore Playhouse. Costume designer Renee Baker has been designing for nearly a decade with creative credits at the Gulfshore Playhouse for “Native Gardens” and “Love Letters.” Set designer Riw Rakkulchon is a new addition to the team, most recently working as assistant set designer on Broadway’s “Pass Over.” Original music and soundscape design is by Michael Keck, whose LORT theater credits include “Intimate Apparel” at the Guthrie Theater and “I Am A Man” at Arena Stage. Returning to the theater as production manager, Jamie A. Eckhold last worked on Jeffrey Binder’s “Higher.”
The creative team will be assisted by Rishan Dhamija, cultural consultant and Zeke Bocklage, fight choreographer.
Tickets for “The Invisible Hand” are on sale now starting at $45. Previews on March 24 and 25 are priced at $38. Visit Gulfshoreplayhouse.org or call 239-261-PLAY for more information.