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From Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright

Junk

  • Credits

    Playwright
    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.
Corporate support for Junk is provided by AT&T

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.

Junk runs approximately two hours with no intermission.

Please be advised this production contains haze, brief flash photography, one gunshot, profanity and depictions of violence.

Cast

ELLIOTT BALES

Union Rep / Corrigan Wiley

NICHOLAS BAROUDI

Giuseppe Addesso

LISE BRUNEAU

Maximilien Cizik

JABEN EARLY

Kevin Walsh / Curt

AMANDA FORSTROM

Charlene Stewart / Lawyer

SHANARA GABRIELLE

Amy Merkin

EDWARD GERO

Thomas Everson, Jr.

MICHAEL GLENN

Mark O’Hare

DYLAN JACKSON

Devon Atkins

KASHAYNA JOHNSON

Jacqueline Blount

THOMAS KEEGAN

Robert Merkin

DAVID ANDREW MACDONALD

Leo Tresler

JONATHAN DAVID MARTIN

Israel Peterman

MICHAEL RUSSOTTO

Murray Lefkowitz

NANCY SUN

Judy Chen

PERRY YOUNG

Raúl Rivera

ELAN ZAFIR

Boris Pronsky

Creative

AYAD AKHTAR

Playwright

JACKIE MAXWELL

Director

MISHA KACHMAN

Set Designer

JUDITH BOWDEN

Costume Designer

JASON LYONS

Lighting Designer

DARRON L WEST

Sound Designer

LEWIS SHAW

Fight Director

LISA NATHANS

Dialect and Vocal Coach

CHRISTI B. SPANN

Stage Manager

RACHAEL DANIELLE ALBERT

Assistant Stage Manager

Multimedia

Junk at Arena Stage
Watch the trailer
Ayad Akhtar talks about "Junk" at Arena Stage
(L to R) Edward Gero (Thomas Everson Jr.), Thomas Keegan (Robert Merkin) and Jonathan David Martin (Israel Peterman) in Junk running April 5 through May 5, 2019 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
(L to R) Thomas Keegan (Robert Merkin) and Perry Young (Raul Rivera) in Junk running April 5 through May 5, 2019 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
(L to R) Perry Young (Raul Rivera) and Nancy Sun (Judy Chen) in Junk running April 5 through May 5, 2019 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
(L to R) Edward Gero (Thomas Everson Jr.) and Thomas Keegan (Robert Merkin) in Junk running April 5 through May 5, 2019 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
(L to R) Michael Glenn (Mark O’Hare), Elan Zafir (Boris Pronsky) and JaBen Early (Kevin Walsh/Curt) in Junk running April 5 through May 5, 2019 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
(L to R) Edward Gero (Thomas Everson Jr.), Perry Young (Raul Rivera) and Thomas Keegan (Robert Merkin) in Junk running April 5 through May 5, 2019 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Nancy Sun (Judy Chen) in Junk running April 5 through May 5, 2019 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
(L to R) David Andrew Macdonald (Leo Tresler) and Nicholas Baroudi (Giuseppe Addesso) in Junk running April 5 through May 5, 2019 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
(L to R) Thomas Keegan (Robert Merkin) and Michael Russotto (Murry Lefkowitz) in Junk running April 5 through May 5, 2019 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo of Thomas Keegan by Tony Powell.
Photo of the cast of Junk by Tony Powell.

In The News

Washington Informer

Junk at Arena Stage Mixes Tale of Greed and Evil, with Humor

Fairfax County Times

Edward Gero: It’s amoral capitalism

WTOP

Arena Stage’s Junk is an ‘American story about greed and excess and danger’

Washington Post

What Junk tells us about America’s relationship with debt

Washington Post

This actress in the financial scandal play Junk has a background on Wall Street

Washington Post

In Ayad Akhtar’s play about Wall Street’s wicked ways, even the good guys live in a world of moral ambiguity

DC Metro Theater Arts

JaBen Early returns to Arena Stage in Junk

Broadway World

Junk Celebrates Opening Night at Arena Stage

The Current

For actress Kashayna Johnson, the stage is all the world

On Tap Magazine

A Conversation with Edward Gero on Arena Stage’s Junk

Playbill

Why Ayad Akhtar Changed His Tony-Nominated Play Junk After Broadway

DC Theatre Scene

Ayad Akhtar’s Junk draws David Andrew MacDonald back to Arena after 34 years

DCIST

Junk mentioned as an April theater highlight

Great Day Washington - WUSA9

Thomas Keegan and Nancy Sun talk about Junk, opening April 5

Broadway World

Nancy Sun is back in the world of finance in Junk

Broadway World

Cast and Creative Team celebrate Junk's first rehearsal

Theatermania

Thomas Keegan, Edward Gero, and More to Star in Ayad Akhtar's Junk

Washington Post

Arena Stage looks into history for inspiration in 2018/19 season

American Theatre Magazine

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

Playbill

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 2:00 p.m. purchase

Open Captioned
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. purchase
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. purchase

Closed Captioning
GalaPro begins April 12. Learn more about GalaPro

Events

Post-Show Discussions
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Join Washington Post Personal Finance Columnist, Michelle Singletary, for post-show discussion on 4/27 at 4:15 p.m. following the matinee performance of Junk. Singletary will be joined by Artistic Director Molly Smith for a special Q&A discussing Junk and the themes in the production.