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Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Cooke, Matthew Rauch and More in JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT at La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse presents the world-premiere production of JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt, by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Ayad Akhtar (Broadway's Disgraced; Playhouse's The Who & The What), directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Outside Mullingar, Doubt). The recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt runs in the Mandell Weiss Theatre now through August 21. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

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.

The cast features Annika Boras as "Amy Merkin," Benjamin Burdick (Blood and Gifts) as "Giuseppi Addesso," Tony Carlin as "Corrigan Wiley," Josh Cooke as "Robert Merkin," Jennifer Ikeda as "Judy Chen," Jason Kravits as "Murray Lefkovitz," Jeff Marlow (Hollywood, Glengarry Glen Ross, Sideways) as "Boris Pronsky," Zakiya Iman Markland (Up Here) as "Jacqueline Blount," David Rasche as "Leo Tresler," Matthew Rauch as "Israel Peterman," Armando Riescoas "Raúl Rivera," Linus Roache as "Thomas Everson," Henry Stram as "Maximilien Cizik," Keith Wallace (The Bitter Game) as "Kevin Walsh" and UC San Diego MFA candidates Zora Howardas "Charlene Stewart," Sean McIntyre as "Mark O'Hare" and Hunter Spangler as "Devon Atkins."

The creative team includes John Lee Beatty, Scenic Designer; William Mellette, Costume Designer; Ben Stanton (Surf Report, Unusual Acts of Devotion), Lighting Designer; Mark Bennett (An Iliad, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Most Wanted, among others), Original Music and Sound Design; Gabriel Greene, Dramaturg; and Charles Means, Stage Manager.

Tickets are available at LaJollaPlayhouse.org or by calling (858) 550-1010.

Photo Credit: Jim Carmody

Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Cooke, Matthew Rauch and More in JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT at La Jolla Playhouse
(L-R, lower level): Henry Stram, Linus Roache, Armando Riesco and Zakiya Iman Markland with cast members of JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT

Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Cooke, Matthew Rauch and More in JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT at La Jolla Playhouse
Josh Cooke as 'Robert Merkin'

Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Cooke, Matthew Rauch and More in JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT at La Jolla Playhouse
Annika Boras and Josh Cooke

Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Cooke, Matthew Rauch and More in JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT at La Jolla Playhouse
Matthew Rauch (top) and Josh Cooke

Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Cooke, Matthew Rauch and More in JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT at La Jolla Playhouse
Zakiya Iman Markland, Linus Roache and Henry Stram

Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Cooke, Matthew Rauch and More in JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT at La Jolla Playhouse
David Rasche and Jennifer Ikeda

Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Cooke, Matthew Rauch and More in JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT at La Jolla Playhouse
Benjamin Burdick, Jeff Marlow and Keith Wallace

Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Cooke, Matthew Rauch and More in JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT at La Jolla Playhouse
Armando Riesco, Josh Cooke and Matthew Rauch



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