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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.

Why Watch

“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.

The Story

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.

Good For

Drama Lovers | Original Screenplay Enthusiasts | Economic and financial Broadway fans

Critics Reviews

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

Show Details

Show Timings

Tuesday &Thursday 08:00 PM in October & 07:00 PM from November-January
Wednesday 02:00 PM and 08:00 PM
Friday 08:00 PM
Saturday 02:00 PM & 08:00 PM
Sunday 03:00 PM

Cast & Crew

Steven Pasquale as Robert Merkin
Ido Aghayere as Jacqueline Blount
Phillip James Brannon as Kevin Walsh
Leading Roles
Doug Hughes Director
Ayad Akhtar Writer
Mark Bennett Composer

Know Before You Go

Audience
Suitable for age 17 and above, no entry for children below age 4

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Accessible
Hearing Assistance

Seating
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.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
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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Lincoln Center Theater, Vivian Beaumont, New York

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