It’s a curtain call for Ayad Akhtar’s new play “Junk”. Produced by Lincoln Center Theater, the play premiered on Broadway on October 5, 2017. Marking another creative turn for the Pulitzer Prize winner, with “Junk” Akhtar plunges his pen deep into soul of the 80s’ Wall Street. He once again delves into the issue of identity crisis, examining in detail culture and faith. Directed by Doug Hughes, John Lee Beatty is the set designer, whereas the costumes are by Catherine Zuber. Mark Bennett has given the play its original music and sound. The previews have started at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and an official opening has been announced for November 2. The advance sales of Junk tickets have already begun and the show is looking forward to a stellar Broadway run.
- Nervous Eaters & Indonesian Junk, Middle East tickets for 10/20 06:30 PM at Middle East,Cambridge, MA
- Sat Oct 20 2018
- Junkie Kid, Stereo Live - Houston tickets for 10/25 10:00 PM at Stereo Live Houston,Houston, TX
- Thu Oct 25 2018
- Healthy Junkies & Dreadful Children, The Highline - Seattle tickets for 11/01 09:00 PM at The Highline Seattle,Seattle, WA
- Thu Nov 01 2018
- Phunk Junkeez, Whisky A Go Go tickets for 11/29 08:00 PM at Whisky A Go Go,West Hollywood, CA
- Thu Nov 29 2018
- Vinyl Junkies Record Swap, The Casbah - CA tickets for 12/08 11:00 AM at The Casbah CA,San Diego, CA
- Sat Dec 08 2018
- Junkyard Band, Baltimore Soundstage tickets for 01/20 08:00 PM at Baltimore Soundstage,Baltimore, MD
- Sun Jan 20 2019
- Cowboy Junkies, Revolution Hall - Portland tickets for 02/07 08:00 PM at Revolution Hall Portland,Portland, OR
- Thu Feb 07 2019
- Cowboy Junkies, The Neptune Theatre tickets for 02/08 08:00 PM at The Neptune Theatre,Seattle, WA
- Fri Feb 08 2019
- Cowboy Junkies, The Neptune Theatre tickets for 02/09 08:00 PM at The Neptune Theatre,Seattle, WA
- Sat Feb 09 2019
- Cowboy Junkies, The Great American Music Hall tickets for 05/10 08:00 PM at The Great American Music Hall,San Francisco, CA
- Fri May 10 2019
Ayad Akhtar Returns to Broadway with a Second Show
Akhtar has been called a brilliant voice in the theater world and rightly so. His first Broadway play “Disgraced” was praised as an intellectually intriguing effort. Winner of Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Ayad Akhtar gives his characters a strong voice and powerful personality, a contrast to his own soft-spoken demeanor.
“Junk” has come to the stage with an interesting backstory. Broadway veteran Steven Pasquale takes up the role of Robert Merkin, a hotshot investment banker. Unlike all his other plays, this one doesn’t have any Muslim character.
Robert Merkin got famous for stating that “debt is an asset” and his attempt to take over a famous American company landed him on Times Magazine front cover (1985). Changing investment rules, he was both lauded and criticized for creating a financial civil war that pit people against each other.
Ayad has shifted his focus from religion to faith in capitalism and the new wave in 80s that brought forth aggressive corporate raiders. Steven Pasquale impressed the critics with his Off-Broadway performance in “The Robber Bridegroom” and Broadway’s “The Bridges of Madison County”. The previews already suggest a powerful performance by him, for which he’s likely to earn laurels.
Starring alongside him are Ito Aghayere as Jacqueline Blount and Phillip James Brannon as Kevin Walsh – both the actors making their Broadway debut. Tony Carlin of “Six Degrees of Separation” fame stars as Kurt and Rick Holmes of “The Visit” as Thomas Everson. An ensemble of 17 will hit the stage to perform this fast-paced thriller that’s divided into three acts.
Ayad Akhtar – A Decorated Playwright
If anyone can give a topic like Wall Street and finance a lucid and brisk treatment that’s highly dramatic and enthralling, it’s Ayad Akhtar. Winner of multiple prestigious awards including a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Disgraced” (2013), Akhtar’s acute awareness of splendor is what makes him such a brilliant writer.
Seized by religious fervor at a young age, he explored Islam and with time became quite passionate about the religion. It became the basis for his writing and his fans made the most of his creative barrage – they got to enjoy both quality and volume of work.
Muslims became his central characters and through emotional as well as comic presentation, he explored the religion. Akhtar’s intellect and fast-twitch style has allowed to him to explore various subjects. His direct approach doesn’t beat around the bush and as one critic said, “His work is all lean muscle and tension”.
“Junk” is dark, humorous, fast and cutthroat. His ability to showcase an ethnic mix in his script has allowed him to have a diverse following. He’s able to dwell in different worlds and each is unbiased and detailed.
Don’t wait for anyone else’s verdict – buy Junk tickets yourself to see what makes Ayad Akhtar so brilliant.
Some of the best theatre productions have released their schedules. Junk will run at the venues from 20-Oct-18 until 9-Feb-19. Upcoming show will be staged at Middle East - Upstairs, Cambridge; whereas the last one will be held at the The Neptune Theatre, Seattle. For the complete list of dates and venues, please visit our website.
|Nervous Eaters & Indonesian Junk||Middle East||Cambridge, MA||Sat Oct 20 201810/20 06:30 PM|
|Junkie Kid||Stereo Live - Houston||Houston, TX||Thu Oct 25 201810/25 10:00 PM|
|Healthy Junkies & Dreadful Children||The Highline - Seattle||Seattle, WA||Thu Nov 01 201811/01 09:00 PM|
|Phunk Junkeez||Whisky A Go Go||West Hollywood, CA||Thu Nov 29 201811/29 08:00 PM|
|Vinyl Junkies Record Swap||The Casbah - CA||San Diego, CA||Sat Dec 08 201812/08 11:00 AM|
|Junkyard Band||Baltimore Soundstage||Baltimore, MD||Sun Jan 20 201901/20 08:00 PM|
|Cowboy Junkies||Revolution Hall - Portland||Portland, OR||Thu Feb 07 201902/07 08:00 PM|
|Cowboy Junkies||The Neptune Theatre||Seattle, WA||Fri Feb 08 201902/08 08:00 PM|
|Cowboy Junkies||The Neptune Theatre||Seattle, WA||Sat Feb 09 201902/09 08:00 PM|
|Cowboy Junkies||The Great American Music Hall||San Francisco, CA||Fri May 10 201905/10 08:00 PM|
Junk Tickets Prices
The average price for Junk Tickets start from $89. The minimum get in price is $21 for Junk Tickets at the Middle East - Upstairs, Cambridge. For a detailed look at ticket prices and amazing discounts, visit our website.
|Name||City||Date||Average Ticket Price||Get In Price
|Nervous Eaters & Indonesian Junk||Cambridge||20-Oct-18||$179||$21|
|Healthy Junkies & Dreadful Children||Seattle||1-Nov-18||$197||$21|
|Phunk Junkeez||West Hollywood||29-Nov-18||$165||$34|
|Vinyl Junkies Record Swap||San Diego||8-Dec-18||$218||$73|
|Cowboy Junkies||San Francisco||10-May-19||$191||$49|
* Ticket Prices vary on hourly basis.