Ayad Akhtar's New Play Junk Will Be Seen on Broadway
Doug Hughes directs the upcoming production of Lincoln Center Theater.
Junk, the latest play from Pultizer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar, will make its Broadway debut this fall at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Directed by Doug Hughes, the Lincoln Center Theater production will begin previews September 14 and open October 12.
The play is described as follows: "It's 1985. 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."
Junk 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. The work premiered in 2017 at the La Jolla Playhouse.