Alumni working on Lincoln Center Theatre's production of "Junk"

October 28, 2017

Poster from Junk Alumna Ito Aghayere '12 performs and student Melis Aker '18 is assisting playwright Ayad Akhtar '02 in Lincoln Center Theatre's production of Junk.


Junk is a new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning Ayad Akhtar and directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes. “Set in the high-flying, risk-seeking, teetering financial world of the 1980s and inspired by the real junk bond kings of the day, this riveting story shows us from the inside how money became the only thing that mattered. Financier Robert Merkin will stop at nothing to take over an iconic American manufacturing company, changing the rules as he goes. With his brilliance matched only by his swagger, Merkin sets in motion nothing less than a financial civil war, pitting magnates against workers, lawyers against journalists, and every one against themselves” according to LCT's website. 


Junk has had one full production, at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. The Los Angeles Times gave great reviews declaring it “thrilling,” “suspenseful” and “dramatically enthralling". The Lincoln Center production is running at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre until January. 


Ito Aghayere is a Nigerian-Canadian-American, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as Itohan Aghayere. She is an actress, known for Logan Lucky (2017), Blacklist (2017), and Elementary (2016). She graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received her Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University.

Melis Aker is a US born Turkish actor, musician, and writer. Melis' play Manar was selected as a finalist for the Roundabout Theatre's 2017 [email protected] reading series, a semi-finalist for the 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award in London, and was accepted to be part of LPAC's 2017 Rough Draft Festival, as well as Golden Thread Productions' 2017 ReOrient Festival in San Francisco. She has had the pleasure of working with Mona Mansour, as part of the Lark Play Development center's ME Writers Room, and at the Dorset Theatre Festival artist residency.