JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt
by Ayad Akhtar
directed by Doug Hughes
Originally produced at La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA
July 26 – August 21, 2016
About the Premiere Production:
(Pictured L-R, lower level: Henry Stram, Linus Roache, Armando Riesco, and Zakiya Iman Markland. Photo by Jim Carmody.)
Synopsis: The Deal. The Board Room. The Takeover. This is the battleground where titanic egos collide, where modern day kings are made and unmade. It's a world where debt is an asset and assets are excuses for more debt, a world where finance runs the show. How did we get here? How did the world we once knew change? Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar takes us back to the hotbed of the ‘80s and offers us an origin story for the world that finance has given us, a sexy and epic thriller about an upstart genius hell-bent on changing all the rules.
Cast: Annika Boras, Benjamin Burdick, Tony Carlin, Josh Cooke, Zora Howard, Jennifer Ikeda, Jason Kravits, Jeff Marlow, Zakiya Iman Markland, Sean McIntyre, David Rasche, Matthew Rauch, Armando Riesco, Linus Roache, Henry Spangler, Henry Stram, and Keith Wallace.
Set Designer: John Lee Beatty
Lighting Designer: Ben Stanton
Costume Designer: William Mellette
• "‘A sickness in this country': Pulitzer winner Ayad Akhtar on politics, Muslim life in the West, capitalism's cruelties," Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2016
• "World Premiere of "Junk: The Golden Age of Debt" at La Jolla Playhouse," Forbes, August 6, 2016
• "Greed corrupts in thrilling ‘Junk’," The San Diego Union-Tribune, August 6, 2016
• "Seduced by Ayad Akhtar's 'Junk,' the new play that picks apart the Wall Street playbook," Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2016