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By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Jackie Maxwell

April 5 — May 5, 2019
Fichandler Stage

As the brilliant and calculating Robert Merkin prepares a hostile takeover of a family-owned manufacturing company, he is not concerned about crossing the line to get what he wants in the name of “saving America.” Inspired by the volatile and cut-throat financial world and the junk bond giants of the 1980s, “this epic piece of work” (Chicago Tribune) is an enticing look at the money makers, their hubris and those who tried to hold them accountable. Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar’s (Disgraced) latest work asks if redemption is truly possible or if there is always a new scheme waiting in the wings.


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AYAD AKHTAR (Playwright) is the author of Junk (Lincoln Center, Broadway; 2018 Kennedy Prize for American Drama); Disgraced (Lincoln Center, Broadway; Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony nomination); The Who & The What (Lincoln Center); and The Invisible Hand (Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, Olivier and Evening Standard nominations). As a novelist, he is the author of American Dervish (Little, Brown & Co.) published in over 20 languages. Recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2017 Steinberg Playwriting Award, as well as fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, MacDowell, the Sundance Institute, and Yaddo, where he serves as a Board Director. Board Trustee at PEN/America and New York Theatre Workshop.

JACKIE MAXWELL (Director) previously directed Arena Stage’s Watch on The Rhine and Good People. Most recently, Jackie directed the Canadian Premiere of The Humans for the Citadel Theatre/Canadian Stage and Innocence Lost for Soulpepper Theatre. In 2016, she finished a 15-year tenure as Artistic Director of The Shaw Festival. Some favorite productions directed there include Uncle Vanya, Sweeney Todd, The Divine (world premiere), Come Back Little Sheba, Major Barbara, Ragtime and Saint Joan. Jackie has worked extensively throughout Canada and in the U.S. and was Artistic Director of Toronto’s Factory Theatre for eight years. She has received many awards including two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Directing, two Honorary Degrees and the Order of Ontario. Upcoming projects include a new adaptation of Paradise Lost for the Stratford Festival.


Audio Described

Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.

Open Captioned

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, 2019 – 8:00 p.m.