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Westport Playhouse Earns Grant To Reach Out To Community With 'Hand'

Westport Country Playhouse is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support its community engagement initiative, “Money, Power and Belief: Reflections on ‘The Invisible Hand’."
Westport Country Playhouse is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support its community engagement initiative, “Money, Power and Belief: Reflections on ‘The Invisible Hand’." Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport Country Playhouse has been recommended for a $25,000 grant to support its community engagement initiative, “Money, Power and Belief: Reflections on ‘The Invisible Hand’," which will run concurrently with the Playhouse production of “The Invisible Hand” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar.

“The Invisible Hand” opens on July 19. It is the tale of Nick Bright, an American financial analyst being held hostage in Pakistan, who is given a year to raise his own ransom using his market expertise. As the relationship between Nick and his captors evolves, longstanding views on money and religion are challenged and lives are inextricably altered.

“Money, Power and Belief: Reflections on ‘The Invisible Hand’” will offer a number of opportunities for the community to further explore the social and political themes this play grapples with, including global finance, global politics, faith, terrorism, power, greed, and corruption.

Featured events will include a book discussion group, film screening, an audience talk-back with the cast and a series of post-show salons.

"Akhtar's written a powerful and provocative work that asks tough questions about big, important subjects. Thanks to the vital support of the NEA, we can share this production and the initiative with our audience and I’m looking forward to the numerous conversations that will be sparked by this extraordinary play,” said David Kennedy, Playhouse Associate Artistic Director, who will direct the production.

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from Westport Country Playhouse offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the National Education Association’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, click here.

For more information about Westport Country Playhouse, click here or call the box office at 203-227-4177, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Click here to buy tickets to “The Invisible Hand.”

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