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.

Presented by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Show Type
Running Time
150 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$50 - $99

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 202-488-3300

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 04/05/2019 - 05/05/2019
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Important Dates


  • 05/04/2019 - 2:00pm

Open Caption

  • 04/17/2019 - 7:30pm
  • 04/25/2019 - 8:00pm
Performer Role
Elliott Bales Union Rep/Corrigan Wiley
Nicholas Baroudi Giuseppi Addesso
Lise Bruneau Maximilien Cizik
JaBen A Early Kevin Walsh/Curt
Amanda Forstrom Charlene Stewart/Lawyer
Shanara Gabrielle Amy Merkin
Edward Gero Thomas Everson, Jr.
Michael Glenn Mark O'Hare
Dylan Jackson Devon Atkins
Kashayna Johnson Jacqueline Blount
Thomas Keegan Robert Merkin
David Andrew MacDonald Leo Tresler
Jonathan David Martin Israel Peterman
Michael Russotto Murray Lefkowitz
Nancy Sun Judy Chen
Perry Young Raul Rivera
Elan Zafir Boris Pronsky
Production Personnel
Ayad Akhtar
Jackie Maxwell
Costume Designer
Judith Bowden
Set Designer
Misha Kachman
Sound Designer
Darron L. West
Lighting Designer
Jason Lyons
Book Writer
Ayad Akhtar


Arena Stage - The Fichandler Stage
1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
About the Venue:
The Fichandler Stage stands as the iconic, original theater space, with its epic, in-the-round auditorium and steeply raked seating tiers. The spirit of the Fichandler is celebrated in this 683-seat venue where patrons are never more than eight rows away from the stage, allowing the entire audience to be closer to the stage than ever before.

Getting There

  • Waterfront-SEU (Green Line)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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