Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar Returns to Broadway With Junk
The new play stars Steven Pasquale, with Doug Hughes directing.
The Lincoln Center Theater production of Tony nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar's Junk will celebrate its opening night tonight at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Directed by Doug Hughes, the play stars Steven Pasquale.
In addition to Pasquale, the full cast features Ito Aghayere, Phillip James Brannon, Tony Carlin, Demosthenes Chrysan, Jenelle Chu, Caroline Hewitt, Rick Holmes, Ted Koch, Ian Lassiter, Teresa Avia Lim, Adam Ludwig, Sean McIntyre, Nate Miller, Ethan Phillips, Matthew Rauch, Matthew Saldivar, Charlie Semine, Michael Siberry, Miriam Silverman, Joey Slotnick, Henry Stram, and Stephanie Umoh.
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 reshape 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 take over an iconic American manufacturing company and, in the process, to change all the rules."
Junk features sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Ben Stanton, and original music and sound by Mark Bennett.