New in 2019 A new play by actor/playwright Heidi Schreck that combines a recitation of her scholarship-winning high school speech about the Constitution and the personal history of four generations of women in her family.
From the producers: Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck earned enough money for her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. Now, the Obie Award winner resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women in her own family and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship. This hilarious, hopeful and achingly human exploration breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women. The New York Times says it’s “electrifyingly topical and eye-opening,” and Rolling Stone calls it “bracing and strikingly relevant.”
Heidi Schreck's plays include "Grand Concourse," "The Consultant" and "There Are No More Big Secrets." She has also worked as a writer and actor for the Showtime TV series "Nurse Jackie," and "Billions." As an actor, she has received two Obies, a Drama Desk, and the Theatre World Award. "What the Constitution Means to Me" was first seen in 2017 as part of Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks Festival, followed by a critically acclaimed 2018 Off-Broadway premiere at New York Theatre Workshop and a subsequent encore run at the Greenwich House Theater.
"What the Constitution Means to Me" is written and performed by Schreck with direction by Obie Award winner Oliver Butler. Mike Iveson and New York City high school students Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams - both seen in the 2018 Off-Broadway productions - complete the Broadway cast.
Indelible, subversive and audaciously funny...blending autobiography with U.S. history, social studies, civics and at least one or two other high school classes you only wish were this much fun. As the play proceeds, Schreck deconstructs not only the Constitution, but her younger, more naive view of a document that had to be so grudgingly forced to protect women, African Americans, Native Americans, and the LGBTQ population.
Schreck..is an engaging storyteller, though one prone to tangents. Her tangents have tangents. Like the object of its affection, "Constitution" is imperfect. It is shaggily structured, but also original, which is to be celebrated in our nervous time that favors adaptations of beloved (read: tested) properties. Is she making it up as she goes along? No, but she gives the occasional impression of wrestling with history - her own, and America's - for the first time in our presence. But ultimately the show is a personal journey more than a political one.