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Ayad Akhtar’s THE INVISIBLE HAND Stars Usman Ally, Justin Kirk, Jameal Ali and Dariush Kashani at New York Theatre Workshop through January 4, 2015

Usman Ally and Justin Kirk in The Invisible Hand. Photo: Joan Marcus

Usman Ally and Justin Kirk in The Invisible Hand. Photo: Joan Marcus

Ayad Akhtar. Photo by Lia Chang

Ayad Akhtar. Photo by Lia Chang

Justin Kirk and Usman Ally after a performance of Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand at the New York Theatre Workshop on December 22, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Justin Kirk and Usman Ally after a performance of Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand at the New York Theatre Workshop on December 22, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) presents the New York Premiere of The Invisible Hand written by Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar. Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll, The Invisible Hand began previews on November 19, 2014 and has performances through Sunday, January 4, 2015 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003).

The cast features Jameal Ali (Hunted), Usman Ally (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity), Dariush Kashani (The Happiest Song Plays Last) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk (Showtime’s “Weeds”).

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced, The Who & The What) makes his New York Theatre Workshop debut with The Invisible Hand.

The Invisible Hand follows an American investment banker, kidnapped and held for ransom in Pakistan, as he trades for his life. This suspenseful new play is a chilling and complex look at how far we will go to save ourselves and the devastating ramifications of our individual actions on global power and politics.

The audience is held in thrall…by Ally’s energetic performance.” – The Guardian
“Ally is superb as the explosive Bashir” – Village Voice
“Ally and Kirk do a mesmerizing dance in contrasting styles” – Hollywood Reporter
“The totally commanding Usman Ally” – Variety
“Deftly played with a simultaneous scowl and a puppy eagerness” – Newsday
“Mr Ally’s Bashir possesses a boyish swagger that suggests a more complicated man under the brutal facade” – New York Times

Performance Schedule:
Tuesday & Wednesday, 7pm
Thursday & Friday, 8pm
Saturday, 2pm, 8pm
Sunday, 2 pm, 7pm

Single tickets for The Invisible Hand are $75. In addition, a variety of membership packages are on sale now at or 212-279-4200.

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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