The Invisible Hand @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio

  • March 09, 2016
  • 1:30 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Milwaukee
  • 5


$76.00 Guest Registration Fee

Members must register their own guests.

One guest per member. If you have more than one guest, check with trip organizer near registration deadline.

Registration Limit: 54

Registration Deadline: March 4
Registration is closed

Join us for The Invisible Hand- the fifth play in our seven-play Milwaukee Rep field trip series.


The Invisible Hand

BY Ayad Akhtar

DIRECTED BY Lucie Tiberghien

A tale of kidnapping and the world financial markets.

Written by Milwaukee native and 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Drama Ayad Akhtar, The Invisible Hand follows Nick Bright, an American investment banker, who is kidnapped in Pakistan, where his captors demand he raise his ransom by trading in the financial markets. In teaching his captors how to manipulate the market, Nick fundamentally alters his relationship with them – and the world. This thrilling new play by one of America’s hottest playwrights examines how far we’ll go to save ourselves and the ramifications of our actions on global politics.

"[Ayad Akhtar is] a dazzling new voice in American theater. His masterfully constructed plays are brainy, incisive and humorous."




ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS John and Connie Kordsmeier

Meet Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright Ayad Akhtar

CBS Sunday Morning Program Video (6.33):

What’s The Invisible Hand? Should I see it?
Do you consider yourself financially savvy? Are you fascinated by Wall Street? Do you keep up with world news at all? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll be captivated by The Invisible Hand. This show will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen next!

To learn more about The Invisible Hand, explore the Milwaukee Rep’s webpage:

Please note that we will have excellent theater seating facing center stage that will provide an excellent vantage in which to view this intimate theatrical performance.

The Milwaukee Rep’s production of The Invisible Hand opens February 24. The running time is approximately two hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.

Registration Limit: 54

Registration Deadline: March 4

Non-Member Policy:  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip.

Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.)

Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                     Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. Milwaukee Rep’s Stiemke Studio is handicapped accessible. However, each seating row is elevated above the proceeding row in a stepped-bleacher section configuration. There is handrail support on the outer stairway of each section.



PLATO Member Fee:

$61.00 (Lunch is on your own)                                            

Non-Member Guest of a Member Fee:

 $76.00 (Lunch is on your own)

 $87.00 Member (Extra Theater Ticket Purchase for Milwaukee Area Guest to join you there)

Fee includes: Badger Bus with Wi-Fi and Theater Ticket. Lunch is on You Own.

Rep In-Depth an optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 45 minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Stiemke Studio and runs from 12:45 PM to 1:15 PM. It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk. This popular series is sure to enhance your theater-going experience with background information about the play you are about to see. Come and join us and all of the other audience members who enjoy this free educational event! (Use the Main Floor entrance to the Stiemke Studio)


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Free Time 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

 Enjoy Lunch & Explore


1st Bus Drop Off:  Milwaukee Public Market.  There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose, including the Milwaukee Public Market that contains eight distinctive eateries.

For those choosing 1st Bus Drop Off who want to attend the Rep In-Depth pre-talk, our bus will return to pick you up at 12:25 PM and get you to the theater in time for its 12:45 PM start.

Note: if want to spend more time in the Third Ward, the Milwaukee Rep is a short walk north on Water St. (5 blocks or 0.4 mile) and is located on NW corner of Water and Wells Streets. Our play begins at 1:30 PM


2nd Bus Drop: On Wells Street in front of the Milwaukee Rep entrance. There are many downtown restaurants located within walking distance from the theater, including those across the river and along the Riverwalk.

Since you will be so close to the Rep, you will have time for lunch and the 12:45 pm Rep In-Depth pre-talk, or for exploring downtown a bit longer before the performance begins at 1:30 PM.



Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.


Leave Madison

8:30 AM         Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

(Please allow trip organizers to get set up before entering the bus.)

8:50 AM         Arrives at Capitol Lakes

9:10 AM         Arrives at East Towne Shopko

9:20 AM         Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

In Milwaukee

11:00 AM      Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

11:15 AM      Arrive Rep Theater Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

12:25 PM      Return to Milwaukee Public Market to pick up those for Rep In-Depth

12:40 PM    Rep In-Depth pre-talk begins. (Use Main Floor Stiemke Studio entrance)

1:30 PM       The Invisible Hand performance begins

3:45 PM       The Invisible Hand performance ends

3:45 PM -    Begin bus boarding for return to Madison.

 4:20 PM     There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

4:20 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

Arrive Madison

5:40 PM         East Towne Shopko

6:00 PM         Capitol Lakes

6:20 PM         Oakwood University Woods

Mail-In Registration Forms:

PLATO Members

UWRA Guests

For further information, contact field trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, and 608-271-7741





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