Seattle ACT Theater Premiers Political Drama "The Invisible Hand" on 9/11

September 15, 2014 8:04 PM

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Seattle ACT Theater Premiers Political Drama "The Invisible Hand" on 9/11

"A white American investment banker working in emerging markets in Pakistan gets kidnapped by a local extremist militia. The company he works for, Citibank, can't negotiate the ransom because it's against U.S. antiterrorism laws. The second in command [of the extremist group] is this young kid from London who is Pakistani and has moved back to Pakistan to fight against the corrupt government. He realizes their captive is a guy who has trading skills, so they put him to work to raise his own ransom.

Over the course of fourteen scenes, they wreak havoc on the Pakistani capital markets. It's a meditation on global finance and extremist militant religious politics and the destructive forces of globalization. I wouldn't say they're the same, but they have often similar effects even though they're c...

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