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Westport Country Playhouse Invites Audience To Discuss 'Invisible Hand'

One of the community events in Westport Country Playhouse’s “Money, Power, and Belief: Reflections on ‘The Invisible Hand’” was a symposium on “The Hands at Play: Culture, Politics, and Grievance in ‘The Invisible Hand.'"
One of the community events in Westport Country Playhouse’s “Money, Power, and Belief: Reflections on ‘The Invisible Hand’” was a symposium on “The Hands at Play: Culture, Politics, and Grievance in ‘The Invisible Hand.'" Photo Credit: Don Rebar

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Country Playhouse received a $20,000 grant from Connecticut Humanities to support a series of community events associated with its current production of Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar’s thriller, “The Invisible Hand.”

The free programs continue through Monday.

“Money, Power, and Belief: Reflections on ‘The Invisible Hand’” included speakers, discussions, a film screening and a month-long lobby exhibit.

The final event will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at the Westport Country Playhouse as playgoers are invited to share their thoughts on the play in person at the Audience Reflection. More details are available online .

The enrichment programs were designed to deepen the audience’s experience of the play.

“The Invisible Hand,” directed by David Kennedy, playhouse associate artistic director, is about an American futures trader who is kidnapped and held hostage in Pakistan. His ransom is $10 million. 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 remaining performances of “The Invisible Hand” will be held at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make the state, cities and towns attractive places to live and work. Learn more here .

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org 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.

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