What the Constitution Means to Me

What the Constitution Means to Me

If you have grown accustomed to your traditional plays and musicals on the Great White Way and you are yearning for something a little more outside of the Broadway box, look no further than Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me which has climbed the theatrical mountain to officially open at The Hayes Theater on March 31, 2019, following previews from March 14 and playing a limited extended engagement through August 24, 2019.

Described by our critic, Tulis McCall as an “electric presentation” and an “excellent and passionate argument in favor of the Constitution” during its off-Broadway premiere, Heidi Schreck’s piece first enlightened theatregoers at Clubbed Thumb’s 2017 Summerworks festival. The production was then commissioned to be a part of New York Theatre Workshop’s 2018-2019 season, staging its twice-extended off-Broadway premiere from September 12 through to November 4, 2018. The public and critical reaction to the piece was so inspiring that it warranted an additional 5-week extension, moving to a new off-Broadway home at the Greenwich Theater from November 27 through to December 30, 2018. And thanks to producers Diana DiMenna, Aaron Glick, and Matt Ross, the Clubbed Thumb, True Love & New York Theatre Workshop production of What the Constitution Means to Me will now reach an even wider audience with the Broadway transfer.

Under the direction of Oliver Butler, Heidi Schreck takes us on a deeply personal journey to her 15-year-old self, who remarkably gave talks on the constitution and utilised the money to put herself through college. Filled with anecdotes of growing up in the Midwest and paying particular attention to the treatment of women, beginning with her great-great-grandmother, Schreck employs a skilled and deceptively simplistic manner to guide us through the murky waters of today’s society’s relationship to the constitution and future society’s possible amendments. From citizenship to birth control, Schreck leaves no stone unturned and she is assisted on stage by Mike Iveson as a contest moderator with a high school student. The latter role is shared by real-life high school pupils Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams and all performers are making their Broadway debuts with the production.

Take a trip to The Hayes Theater on Broadway and ask yourselves what the constitution means to you.    

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
1hr 30mins (no intermission)
11 images
About What the Constitution Means to Me:

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
Diana DiMenna, Aaron Glick, and Matt Ross
Oliver Butler
Jen Schriever
Sinan Zafar
Rachel Hauck
Michael Krass
Cast list:
Heidi Schreck, Mike Iveson, Rosdely Ciprian & Thursday Williams
What the Constitution Means to Me Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 14, 2019
Opening date: 
March 31, 2019
August 24, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Hayes Theater - Second Stage Theater

240 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
42nd Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station

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Heidi Schreck in What the Constitution Means to Me
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May 16, 2019

Ever since premiering at Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks festival at The Wild Project in the summer of 2017, after being commissioned by True Love Productions, the success of Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me has snowballed its way to the pinnacle of New York City’s theatre scene. Following a limited run at California’s Berkeley Repertory Theatre in late spring 2018, the play returned to New York City and was mounted at New York Theatre Workshop for an extended engagement in the fall of 2018, before transferring to the Greenwich House Theater for an additional five weeks.

Our What the Constitution Means to Me Review

Midway through What the Constitution Means to Me, the captivating history lesson cum family memoir that has moved to the Hayes Theater after a triumphant off-Broadway run, the show’s writer and star, Heidi Schreck, makes one of her many seemingly unscripted comments. Holding her hands to her cheeks, she confides that her face “hurts from smiling.” It is at that point that Schreck drops any... Read more