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Junk, Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC Show Poster
Vivian Beaumont Theater

150 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

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Oct 05, 2017
Nov 02, 2017
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Lincoln Center Theater presents the New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Ahktar's financial thriller.

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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 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 every one against themselves. Set over thirty years ago, this is a play about how, while most of us weren't watching, money became the only thing of real value.

Cast & Creative



  • Written by
    Ayad Akhtar
  • Director
    Doug Hughes
  • Set Designer
    John Lee Beatty
  • Costume Designer
    Catherine Zuber
  • Lighting Designer
    Ben Stanton
  • Original Music and Sound Designer
    Mark Bennett