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Wall Street Drama


  • Credits

    Ayad Akhtar

    Directed by
    Jackie Maxwell

  • Location

    The Fichandler Stage

“An epic, strutting, slam-bang-wham piece of work.”

– Chicago Tribune

Junk is generously sponsored by Joan and David Maxwell.

As the brilliant and calculating Robert Merkin prepares a hostile takeover of a family-owned manufacturing company, he is not concerned about crossing the line to get what he wants in the name of “saving America.” Inspired by the volatile and cut-throat financial world and the junk bond giants of the 1980s, “this epic piece of work” (Chicago Tribune) is an enticing look at the money makers, their hubris and those who tried to hold them accountable. Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar’s (Disgraced) latest work asks if redemption is truly possible or if there is always a new scheme waiting in the wings.


Coming soon.


Ayad Akhtar


Jackie Maxwell


In The News

Washington Post

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American Theatre Magazine

Arena’s 2018-19 Season to Feature New Tom Kitt/Nell Benjamin Musical


The 69th lineup at the Washington, D.C. venue will also include the a cappella musical Jubilee and Junk.

Accessible Performances

Audio Described
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2 p.m. purchase

Open Captioned
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. purchase
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 8 p.m. purchase


Post-Show Discussions
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 8 p.m.