Ayad Akhtar isn’t afraid to face explosive issues head on. In his 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Disgraced, he confronted the plight of Muslim Americans in a post-9/11 U.S. and questions of identity and justice. The Broadway run of the show was a critical hit, if not a commercial one.
Akhtar follows this up with the world premiere of JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt, currently running through August 21 at California’s La Jolla Playhouse. This time, Akhtar takes on the economy in this thriller about a finance prodigy intent on changing the rules of the deal in the 1980s boardroom. Josh Cooke plays the lead role of Robert Merkin, a junk bond king.
For tickets and additional information, visit LaJollaPlayhouse.org.
Watch highlights from the Broadway run of Akhtar’s Disgraced: