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 put herself through college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution. Now, the Obie Award winner resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the document's profound impact on women's bodies - starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died under mysterious circumstances. This witty and searingly personal exploration breathes new life into our founding document and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women.
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" received critical acclaim when it debuted as part of NYC's Clubbed Thumb Summerworks Festival in 2017. The play was also produced earlier this year at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California. Here's a trailer from that production:
Joining Shreck onstage in the New York Theatre Workshop production will be Mike Iveson, and New York City high school students Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams. Obie Award winner Oliver Butler directs.
What's New York Theatre Workshop? NYTW is one of the more adventurous subscription theaters in the city. Located in the heart of the East Village, it presents a healthy mix of internationally-inflected and avant-garde work, most of which is developed in-house, with a few shows brought in whole-hog. Successful productions range from the premiere of "Rent" in 1996 to the 2012 Tony-winning musical "Once." More here.