New in 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar returns to Broadway with a new play about a self-professed investment genius who touches off a financial civil war.
From the producers: It’s 1985, hailed as "America's Alchemist," Robert Merkin's 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 everyone against themselves.
Author Ayad Akhtar returns to Lincoln Center Theater, where his plays "Disgraced" and "The Who & the What" were first produced. Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Disgraced" and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play for its subsequent Broadway production. "Junk" premiered in 2016 at California's La Jolla Playhouse. Here's a promo from the La Jolla production:
Tony nominee Steven Pasquale ("The Bridges of Madison County," "The Robber Bridegroom") stars as investment banker Robert Merkin. Tony winner Doug Hughes ("Doubt") directs.
What's Lincoln Center Theater? One of the largest and most prominent non-profit theaters in the city, LCT has three state-of-the-art venues at Lincoln Center, and occasionally produces shows in the theater district proper. On rare occasions the fare is controversial, but as a matter of course, it's the best-regarded theatrical producing organization in the city. The company's LTC3 initiative is devoted to producing the work of new artists and building new audiences. More here.