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The Foundry Theatre : : World Premiere

Value Project


Discover the community you never knew you had through How Much Is Enough. 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

About The Foundry Theatre
They've staged work on a bus touring the Bronx; in living rooms throughout all five boroughs of New York; and at tables in working restaurants...now YOU help to create this latest theatrical invention from The Foundry Theatre hailed by the New York Times as being "responsible for some of the most ambitious stage work seen in New York in recent years."

Foundry productions have been critically recognized and honored with 10 Obie Awards and three Drama Desk nominations. In 2000, The Foundry received the Ross Wetzsteon Obie Award and most recently the national Peter Zeisler Award in recognition of "innovative practice and dedication to freedom of expression."




THURSDAY, SEP 15 following the 7:30PM performance of

How Much is Enough: Our Values In Question
Artist in Context
and ArtsEmerson will host a post-performance event to explore new structures for community conversation and engagement. The play, How Much Is Enough: Our Values In Question, is an example of one new form emanating from the arts world. Special guests will elaborate on creating frameworks that encourage imagination, dialogue and participation in the critical debates of our time. Hear from The Foundry's Artistic Producer Melanie Joseph, as well as visionaries from the academic realm, business world, social activism and faith-based circles, about how they foster creative environments within their communities.
Special guests will include:

Curdina Hill, City Life/Vida Urbana

Deeqo Jibril, Somali Community & Cultural Association; Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

Melanie Joseph, The Foundry Theatre

Richard Weissbourd, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and School of Education

Ted Wendell, Northern Cross International Investment Management

Curdina Hill is Executive Director of City Life/Vida Urbana, a grassroots, multi-issue, bilingual organization in Jamaica Plain with a focus on affordable housing and tenants' rights.
Deeqo Jibril was born and raised in Somali, in a society where women's ability to contribute to their communities is limited. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12. Today she is a mother of four children, social worker and activist in the Somali Muslim Community. She is the Founder of Somali Community & Cultural Association, which helps immigrant women by providing support, assistance and education. She has also been chosen by the Massachusetts Commissioner on the Status of Women as one of their 2011 Unsung heroes.
Melanie Joseph is the founder and Artistic Producer of The Foundry Theatre. She has co-created, directed and/or dramaturged 10 of the company’s premieres which have collectively been awarded eight OBIEs and four Drama Desk nominations.
Richard Weissbourd is a child and family psychologist on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and School of Education…and a dad. His latest research, which includes hundreds of conversations with children, parents, teachers and coaches, has led to concrete strategies for raising moral and happy children that avoid the extremes of too much or too little involvement.
Edward E. Wendell, Jr., Principal, Northern Cross International Investment Management, has been involved in the investment management business since 1985 when he began supporting Hakan Castegren, founder of the Northern Cross investment philosophy. He is a trustee of Marlboro College in Vermont and is treasurer of The Poverty Alleviation Fund.

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Theatre as conversation…with you at the heart of it

2 weeks only!

SEP 13 - SEP 25

The Jackie Liebergott Black Box (“The Jackie”) at the Paramount Center

Box Office: 617.824.8400

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH...asks the audience to think about value–and the questioning begins right now. There are three general admission prices. Pick the price you think is fair given your interest and economic ability.



Kirk Lynn


Melanie Joseph





Running Time:

Approximately 90 minutes