This Much I Know

Dates : January 31, 2024 — February 25, 2024

Part mystery, part love story, part philosophical quest.

Image of actors performing in "This Much I Know" by Jonathan Spector

east coast premiere

by Jonathan Spector
Directed by Hayley Finn

Run-Time: 150 minutes including a 15 minute intermission.

Winner of the 2023 Theatre Bay Area Will Glickman Award for best new play premiere.

Am I in charge of my choices? How could anyone think or do that? What is happiness? In the midst of a lecture, a psychology professor’s marriage fractures, sparking a theatrical study of three characters as they become entangled in a search for self-discovery. With inspiration from the research of Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, the characters search for answers in the science of decision-making. They learn that, in Kahneman’s words, thinking can be “fast or slow,” emotional or deliberate, drive-like and intuitive, or calculated.

Part mystery, part love story, part philosophical quest, This Much I Know spins our axis of belief and understanding.

“Masterfully built puzzle-drama.”

The Washington Post

About the Production

Firdous Bamji*
Firdous Bamji*
Dani Stoller*
Dani Stoller*
Ethan J. Miller*
Ethan J. Miller*

*Appearing through an Agreement with the Actors’ Equity Association

Director: Hayley Finn^
Scenic Designer: Misha Kachman+
Costume Designer: Danielle Preston+
Lighting Designer: Colin K. Bills+
Projection Designer: Mona Kasra+
Sound Designer: Sarah O’Halloran+
Props Design: Pamela Weiner
Casting Director: Jenna Place
NYC Casting: Elizabeth Hay
Associate Costume Designer: Jessica Utz
Production Stage Manager: Anthony O. Bullock*
Assistant Stage Manager: Hansin Arvind
Assistant Stage Manager: Grace Carter

^Member of SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
*Appearing through an Agreement between this theater, Theater J, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
+Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829

Susan and Dixon Butler
Howard Menaker and Patrick Gossett
Kenneth and Amy Krupsky
Saul and Nancy Pilchen
Ilene and Steven Rosenthal
April Rubin and Bruce A. Ray
Les Silverman 
Terry Singer
Joan Wessel

Creative Connections

Post Show Conversations & Special Events

Sponsored by Al Munzer and Joel Wind

Saturday, February 17 after the matinee
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Shankar Vedantam in conversation
Join NPR host and acclaimed author Shankar Vedantam, alongside director Hayley Finn and an actor from This Much I Know for what’s sure to be an incredible conversation. Vedantam is the host and executive editor of the Hidden Brain podcast and radio show.
Sunday, February 18 after the matinee
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How art takes form: Artists on the creative process
Hear how different artists discover source material, what sparks their creative processes, and what they believe makes for a good story. As This Much I Know dives into why we make the choices we make, listen to artists across disciplines discuss what drives the choices they make and the art they create.
Friday, February 16 after the matinee
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This Much I Know and Talmudic Tradition
Join Rabbi Atara Cohen as she explores the connections between This Much I Know and tenants of Jewish faith and practice, looking into facets of questioning, identity, and Talmudic Tradition.
Saturday, February 24 after the evening performanceArtistic Director Hayley Finn speaks with activist and author of The Klans Man’s Son, R. Derek Black, whose inspirational story about how relationships can change your belief structures was a touch point for the play.


The Edlavitch DCJCC provides accessible seating and assisted listening devices upon request. Please contact the Box Office at or (202) 777–3210 with questions or requests. More information >

Open-Captioned Performances

Open-captioning makes live theater performances accessible by using a non-intrusive caption board at the front left of the stage which scrolls the entire text of the production in real time. For information about the best seat locations from which to see the caption board, contact us at or (202)777-3210.

Masked Performances

Masks are required for Thursday evening and Saturday matinee performances.

At the request of many audience members, Theater J has denoted several performances during the 2023/24 season as mask-required by all audience members, staff, and volunteers. If you need a mask, we are happy to provide one to you.

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