Ayad Akhtar’s ‘Junk’ Opening Nite Party

Ayad Ahktar


Miriam Silverman, Steven Pasquale


Cast and  guests gathered after the opening night of Ayad Akhtar’s illuminating play Junk at Tavern on the Green for an evening of celebration.

On the scene were Steven Pasquale, Rick Holmes, Henry Stram, Michael Siberry, Ethan Phillips, Its Aghayere, Joey Slotnick, Matthew Rauch, Matthew Saldivar, Teresa Avia Lim, Miriam Silverman and many more including playwright Ayad Akhtar and director Doug Hughes.


Joey Slotnick, David Schwimmer


Ito Aghayere


Matthew Saldivar, Charlie Semine


Teresa Avia Lim, Miriam Silverman, Caroline Hewitt


Rick Holmes


Steven Pasquale, Phillipa Soo


Asaif Mandvi, Josh Radnor



What’s it about? It’s 1985. Robert Merkin (played by Steven Pasquale), the resident genius of the upstart investment firm Sacker Lowell, has just landed on the cover of Time Magazine.  Hailed as “America’s Alchemist,” his proclamation that “debt is an asset” has propelled him to dizzying heights.  Zealously promoting his belief in the near-sacred infallibility of markets, he is trying to re-shape the world.

Junk has sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Ben Stanton, original music and sound by Mark Bennett, and projections by 59 Productions.


Photos by Theater Pizzazz’ Maya Werner and video interviews, by Sandi Durell.