DETAILS

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours with no intermission 
Recommended Age: 14 and Up

THE MIDWEST PREMIERE DIRECT FROM BROADWAY

Milwaukee’s own Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar returns to The Rep with his epic new play, Junk.

Immediately following its acclaimed Broadway run at Lincoln Center and featuring one of the largest casts ever on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage, this riveting story is set in the financial world of the 1980s. Inspired by the real junk bond kings of the day, it’s a battleground of titanic egos, where magnates are pitted against workers, lawyers against journalists, and everyone against themselves. With Junk, debt is an asset, and we see from the inside how money became the only thing that mattered.

 
Junk Video Trailer

ARTISTS


Sadé Ayodele
Lawyer


Sam Bravo
Devon Atkins


N’Jameh Camara*
Jacqueline Blount


Dominic Comperatore*
Giuseppi Addesso


Matt Daniels*
Maximilien Cizik


Blake Dava
Ensemble


Todd Denning*
Corrigan Wiley/Union Leader


DiMonte Henning*
Kevin Walsh


Rebecca Hirota*
Judy Chen


Justin Huen*
Raúl Rivera


Justin Jones
Ensemble


Gregory Linington*
Robert Merkin


Brian Mani*
Leo Tresler


Michael Milligan*
Mark O’Hare


Norman Moses*
Murray Lefkowitz


Nima Rakhshanifar
Waiter


Isabella Reeder
Charlene Stewart


James Ridge*
Thomas Everson


Hannah Shay
Ghost Writer


Rachel Sledd*
Amy Merkin


Demetrios Troy*
Israel Peterman


Jonathan Wainwright*
Boris Pronsky

 


Ayad Akhtar
Playwright


Mark Clements
Director

 

Todd Edward Ivins ±
Scenic Designer

Theresa Ham
Costume Design

Thom Weaver
Lighting Design

Lindsay Jones
Original Music & Sound Design

Jared Mezzocchi
Projection Designer

Clare Arena Haden
Dialect Coach

Deanie Vallone
Production Dramaturg

Frank Honts
Casting Director

Laura F. Wendt*
Stage Manager

Jane Heer*
Assistant Stage Manager

 

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
± Milwaukee Repertory Theater Associate Artists.

EVENTS

PRE
SHOW

Rep-in-Depth
A pre-show conversation with cast member Matt Daniels. Rep-in-Depth occurs approximately 45 minutes before curtain for every performance.
Sponsored by:

 

WED
JAN 16
6:30PM

PreShow Talk
For two performances only, Junk playwright Ayad Akhtar will give a preshow talk about the writing of his play. This takes the place of Rep-in-Depth for these performances.

 

THUR
JAN 17
6:30PM

PreShow Talk
For two performances only, Junk playwright Ayad Akhtar will give a preshow talk about the writing of his play. This takes the place of Rep-in-Depth for these performances.

 

TUE
JAN 22
6:30PM

Audio-Described Performance
Patrons of this performance may receive an earpiece, providing live description of the action on stage. Check in at the Concierge Desk pre-show to pick up your earpiece.

 

WED
JAN 23

Post-Show Conversation
Join Milwaukee Business Journal Editor-in-Chief Mark Kass in conversation about the business of money.

 

MON
JAN 28
5:30-7PM

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION – Power & Money & Response & Resistance
Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Visit the Jewish Museum Milwaukee exhibit, “Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare” and listen in as a roundtable of local thought leaders discuss the impact of federal funding on their work. Learn more

 

WED
JAN 30

TalkBack
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

WED
FEB 6

TalkBack
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

THUR
FEB 7
7:30PM

ASL Interpreted Performance
This performance interpreted in American Sign Language. For more information about designated seating call the Ticket Office at 414-224-9490.

 

SUN
FEB 10
2PM

Captioned Theater Performance
This performance features a screen to the side of the stage that displays the actors' lines as they are spoken. For more information about designated seating call the Ticket Office at 414-224-9490.

WED
FEB 13

TalkBack
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

FEATURES & PRESS

VIDEOS

 

Audiences React

Audiences React to Junk

Video Preview

Junk Video Trailer

In Rehearsal

In Rehearsal | Junk

Take Five

Take Five | Junk

First Rehearsal

Junk | First Rehearsal

Mark's Take

Mark's Take | Junk
 

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PHOTOS

REVIEWS


"'Junk' is an impeccable production with a gripping and maddening story that will keep you on the edge of your seat."
– RyanJayReviews.com


"Akhtar is a skilled dramatist working with an eye for quick pacing and tight scenes."
– The Cap Times


"Even if some of the financial verbiage sails over some heads, 'Junk' succeeds in entertaining on a purely theatrical level."
– Broadway World


"The speed and intensity makes 'Junk' a sprightly jeremiad, with unexpected moments of bitter humor."
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


"It’s a splendid production of a play about genuine believers in the efficacy of unchecked self-interest."
– Shepherd Express


"The Rep’s most important and engrossing drama of the season…as epic as Shakespeare’s War of the Roses"
– Urban Milwaukee


"Milwaukee Rep's outstanding production of 'Junk,' is certainly worth the investment of both your money and your time."
– OnMilwaukee


 

January 15 – February 17, 2019
Quadracci Powerhouse
by Ayad Akhtar 
Directed by Mark Clements

PRESENTED BY CHRISTINE SYMCHYCH AND JIM McNULTY

Sponsored by
Associated Bank

Media Sponsor
Milwaukee Business Journal

 

Executive Producers
Rhonda & Greg Oberland
Caran & Joel Quadracci

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