From Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright
April 5 – May 5
The Fichandler Stage
“An epic, strutting, slam-bang-wham piece of work.”
Junk is generously sponsored by Joan and David Maxwell.
Corporate support for Junk is provided by
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.
DAVID ANDREW MACDONALD
JONATHAN DAVID MARTIN
DARRON L WEST
CHRISTI B. SPANN
RACHAEL DANIELLE ALBERT
In The News
Junk at Arena Stage Mixes Tale of Greed and Evil, with Humor
Fairfax County Times
Edward Gero: It’s amoral capitalism
Arena Stage’s Junk is an ‘American story about greed and excess and danger’
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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
Junk Celebrates Opening Night at Arena Stage
For actress Kashayna Johnson, the stage is all the world
On Tap Magazine
A Conversation with Edward Gero on Arena Stage’s Junk
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
Junk mentioned as an April theater highlight
Great Day Washington - WUSA9
Thomas Keegan and Nancy Sun talk about Junk, opening April 5
Nancy Sun is back in the world of finance in Junk
Cast and Creative Team celebrate Junk's first rehearsal
Thomas Keegan, Edward Gero, and More to Star in Ayad Akhtar's Junk
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
The 69th lineup at the Washington, D.C. venue will also include the a cappella musical Jubilee and Junk.
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.