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Performances: September 13-25
Boston Values: A Discussion September 15,following the 7:30 performance
Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston

Purchase tickets here, or call 617.824.8400


Discover the community you never knew you had through How Much Is Enough: Our Values In Question. The play explores our fundamental concepts of value—quantitatively through our relations to money and qualitatively by asking what we hold dear.

“Asking” is the operative word, as the play itself is a series of questions posed to audience members, creating a dynamic event that is part theatre, part conversation, and different every time. Find out how participants have lived their lives, what plans they’ve made for the future and what advice they can offer as we all attempt to create lives of value.

You’ve heard of audience participation before, but this brings your MIND into the action with playful and profound consequences. Along the way, there are some stunning dramatic gestures and images. There’s a theatrical body in place to provide the overall shape and profile, but the guts, organs, nervous system and funny bones will be supplied by you, the audience. We hope you’ll be part of it.

“This is an attempt to listen to the dramatic moments in each other's lives—when he bought a house, when she went back to school, when they got divorced, when we all ran out of money in Amsterdam and didn't know how to get back home.” –Kirk Lynn, playwright


Special Performance and Post-Performance Conversation September 15, 7:30pm

After exploring what value means to you in How Much Is Enough, find out what it means to members of your community. Join Artist in Context, ArtsEmerson and panelists drawn from Boston's business, religious, community development, arts and educational sectors to continue the conversation. Speakers will include:

Melanie Joseph, The Foundry Theatre. Melanie is the founding Artistic Producer of The Foundry where she has co-created, dramaturged and/or directed 10 of the company's premieres that have collectively been awarded eight OBIEs and four Drama Desk nominations

Ted Wendell, Northern Cross International Investment Management

Richard Weissbourd, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and School of Education.  Richard is a child and family psychologist on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and School of Education...and a dad.

Curdina Hill, Executive Director City Life/Vida Urbana a grassroots, multi-issue, bilingual organization in Jamaica Plain with a focus on affordable housing and tenants' rights.

Deeqo Jibril, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

Melanie Joseph will share some details on the impetus for writing the play and how it was created, then AIC will ask each of the guests to speak about their take-aways from the play and how they answer the question “how much is enough” both personally and professionally, and moderate a conversation about imaginative inquiry and examination of critical issues and ideas in the art realm.

The total post-performance discussion will last about 45 minutes

For more on ArtsEmerson, please visit



How Much Is Enough cannot be rehearsed without a live audience, and ArtsEmerson is looking to individuals, community groups, and organizations all over Boston to start the conversation.

Times vary, and you can get more information or sign up by·visiting the rehearsal page·(Ignore the pop-ups you'll get about pricing and donations. Sorry, they apparently can't be turned off. You'll also be asked to register at the ArtsEmerson website, if you're not already registered. Small price to pay to be part of the creation of a world premiere!)

If you wish to sign up a group of more than 20 people, please contact Heidi Nelson at 617.824.3089 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . After the rehearsals are over, you are invited to purchase tickets for performances of How Much Is Enough September 13-25 at orby calling the Box Office at 617-824-8400.

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