Junk, a new play from Ayad Akhtar, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced, will begin previews September 14 prior to an official opening October 12 at Broadway's Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65th Street).
“It’s 1985,” according to press notes. “Robert Merkin, the resident genius of the upstart investment firm Sacker Lowell has just landed on the cover of Time Magazine. Hailed as ’America's Alchemist,’ his proclamation that ’debt is an asset’ has propelled him to dizzying heights. Zealously promoting his belief in the near-sacred infallibility of markets, he is trying to re-shape the world. Junk is the story of Merkin's assault on American capitalism’s holy of holies, the ’deal of the decade,’ his attempt to takeover an iconic American manufacturing company and, in the process, to change all the rules. What Merkin sets in motion is nothing less than a financial civil war, pitting magnates against workers, lawyers against journalists, and ultimately, pitting every one against themselves. Set over 30 years ago, this is a play about how, while most of us weren't watching, money became the only thing of real value.”
Junk, which premiered in August 2016 at California's La Jolla Playhouse, will have sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Ben Stanton, and original music and sound by Mark Bennett. Casting will be announced at a later date.
Akhtar returns to Lincoln Center Theater, where his plays Disgraced and The Who & the What were produced by LCT3. Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Disgraced and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play for Disgraced’s subsequent Broadway production, co-produced by The Araca Group and LCT.
Ticket information will be announced at a later time.