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La Jolla Playhouse presents JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt By Ayad Akhtar, Directed by Doug Hughes

World-Premiere Play

JUNK:
The Golden Age of Debt

July 26 – August 21, 2016

By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Doug Hughes

FAST-PACED THRILLER

The Deal. The Board Room. The Takeover. This is the battleground where titanic egos collide, where modern day kings are made and unmade. It's a world where debt is an asset and assets are excuses for more debt, a world where finance runs the show. How did we get here? How did the world we once knew change? Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar takes us back to the hotbed of the ‘80s and offers us an origin story for the world that finance has given us, a sexy and epic thriller about an upstart genius hell-bent on changing all the rules.

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Content warning: strong language and adult situations.

Children ages 6 and under are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted. Unaccompanied minors ages 12 and under are not permitted in the theatre.

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Production Sponsors

MSI Production Services
Daniel and Emily Einhorn



Recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award



Meet the Creative Team

Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a novelist and author of American Dervish, published in over 20 languages worldwide and named a 2012 Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Toronto's Globe and Mail, Shelf Awareness, and O, The Oprah Magazine. His play Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, ran on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, and is currently the most produced play in the country. In addition to Disgraced, his plays The Who & The What and The Invisible Hand received Off-Broadway runs and are currently being produced at theaters across the country. Ayad was listed as the most produced playwright for the 2015/16 season by American Theatre. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has been the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Djerassi, the Sundance Institute, Ucross, and Yaddo, where he currently serves as a Board Director. He is also a Board Trustee at PEN/America.

Doug Hughes Recent Broadway productions include Outside Mullingar, The Big Knife, An Enemy of the People, Born Yesterday, Elling, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Oleanna, the Tony-nominated revival of The Royal Family, A Man for All Seasons, Mauritius, the Tony-nominated revival of Inherit the Wind, A Touch of the Poet, Frozen (Tony nomination, Best Director), and Doubt, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Director. Recent off-Broadway productions include The City of Conversation, Death Takes A Holiday, The Whipping Man, An Experiment With an Air Pump, Flesh and Blood and Defiance. In addition to the Tony, he has been awarded Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Obie and Callaway Awards for his productions.

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Approximate Run Time

Act I: 65 minutes
Intermission: 10 minutes
Act II: 60 minutes
Pause: 5 minutes
Act III: 25 minutes

Press and Reviews

“Riveting... Succeeds magnificently... Should head to Broadway!”
» FORBES.COM

“Akhtar’s handling — brisk, lucid and at times highly suspenseful — is dramatically enthralling. Directed by Doug Hughes with the precision of a chess master.”
» LA TIMES

“Thrilling... Akhtar has ingeniously created an intimate, accessible tale on an epic canvas”
» SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Ayad Akhtar, author of Pulitzer-winning 'Disgraced,' ponders race, identity and the cruelties of capitalism
» Read More at LA Times

Mandell Weiss Theatre

The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

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Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.

Thirsty Thursdays

Thirsty Thursdays

Thirsty Thursday

Every Thursday during the run of JUNK, starts at 7:00 pm

Join us before your performance for complimentary beer tastings from Modern Times Brewery. Presented by La Jolla Playhouse in partnership with James’ Place. Includes two 3-oz beer tastings.

Foodie Fridays

Foodie Friday

Every Friday during the run of JUNK, starts at 6:00 pm

Theatergoers are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego’s finest food trucks!




ACCESS Performances

Open Captioning Performance

Open Captioned Performance

Sunday, August 7 at 2:00 pm

This performance has added open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

ACCESS performance

ACCESS

Saturday, August 13 at 2:00 pm

During this performance, La Jolla Playhouse provides American Sign Language interpretation for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing and audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

Audience Engagement Events

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, August 2 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show! Sponsored by Holland America Line

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, August 9 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show! Sponsored by Holland America Line

Insider Events

Insider Event

Wednesday, August 17 at 6:45 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

Insider Events

Insider Event

Saturday, August 20 at 1:15 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

Discovery Sunday

Discovery Sunday

Sunday, August 21 after the 2:00 pm performance

Special guest speakers engage audience members in a moderated discussion exploring the issues and themes in the play.

Meet the Cast of JUNK