The latest addition to the Broadway repertoire, Junk is an original story written by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Ayad Akhtar. Based on a financial civil war brought about by the saying ‘Debt is an asset’, the play has received positive feedback, from audiences and critics alike, and comes to Broadway following a series of sensational performances at La Jolla Playhouse.
“Forget all about TV pundits droning about America’s problems. Playwright Ayad Akhtar is the diagnostician the nation needs to interpret its faltering health." reads the beginning of the LA Times reviews of the play. ‘Junk’ provides critical inputs into the world of economics and the inner workings of Wall Street. Drawing influences from the real financial world, Junk tells the story of how debt overtook value as the path to enormous wealth and how money became the only thing of real value.
Set in 1985, the story of ‘Junk’ is centred around the character of Robert Merkin - a resident-genius at Sacker Lowell, an upstart investment firm - who just landed on the cover of ‘Time Magazine.’ 1985 marked a transition period in the American financial history as U.S manufacturing was in stark decline and junk-bond financing was the new king on the block.
Revolving the play around this tipping point of the financial system, Merkin sets in motion a series of events which promote his belief in the near-sacred infallibility of markets, while trying to re-shape the world according to his ideals. What follows is an economic civil war pitting magnates against workers, lawyers against journalists and eventually everyone against themselves.
Drama Lovers | Original Screenplay Enthusiasts | Economic and financial Broadway fans
“What’s most impressive about “Junk" is the brilliant way Akhtar crunches the social, political and economic data of this greedy new world, a precursor to the way we live today. The play ensnares you with the reach and penetration of its thinking."
– Charles McNulty, LA Times
“The complexity of the subject matter makes this a massively ambitious play. It succeeds magnificently on many levels, and it should head to Broadway where it will be not only close to Wall Street, but even more accessible to those many in the public with a growing fascination in finance, economics, and social policy. – Brad Auerbach
Know Before You Go
Suitable for age 17 and above, no entry for children below age 4
The theater has a seating capacity of 1,105 in total. For tips on how to choose the best seats, you can refer to our seating chart guide.
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Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
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