The 1980s saw the junk-bond market grow at a rate of 34% per year. In this new world of cutthroat financing, investment firm superstar Robert Merkin (Terence Van Auken), left, plans the takeover of the steel manufacturing business of Thomas Everson (Tom Meredith), right.

The Stage at Thank You Five will perform “Junk” by Ayad Akhtar at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13-14 and 20-21, and 2 p.m. Sept. 22, at 4606 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Unit 2N, Port Orange.

Set in 1985, “Junk” tells the story of Robert Merkin, resident genius of the upstart investment firm Sacker-Lowell. Hailed as "America's Alchemist," his proclamation that "debt is an asset" has propelled him to a dizzying level of success, including being featured on the cover of Time magazine.

Occurring during a period when U.S. manufacturing was in stark decline and junk-bond financing was the new amphetamine, the play focuses on a point of momentous transition in our financial system. By orchestrating the takeover of a massive steel manufacturer, Mr. Merkin intends to do the "deal of the decade," the one that will rewrite all the rules.

Working on his broadest canvas to date, Pulitzer Prize- winner Mr. Akhtar has written a modern-day morality tale that scrupulously questions the possibility of moral choice in a world where money, the new might, now makes right.

Thank You Five’s production of “Junk” is directed by Rip Pellaton.

Note: This play contains strong language and adult situations.

Tickets are $17. For more information, call (386) 295-5699 or visit thankyoufive.org.

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