What the Constitution Means to Me

What the Constitution Means to Me

Tickets are on sale now for What the Constitution Means to Me at the Hayes Theater on Broadway.

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 engagement through to June 9, 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)

Running time: 
1hr 30mins (no intermission)
Categories: 
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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.

By:
Heidi Schreck
Producer:
Diana DiMenna, Aaron Glick, and Matt Ross
Director:
Oliver Butler
Lighting:
Jen Schriever
Sound:
Sinan Zafar
Design:
Rachel Hauck
Costume:
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
Closes: 
July 21, 2019
MatineeEvening
Monday--
Tuesday-7pm
Wednesday2pm7pm
Thursday-8pm
Friday-8pm
Saturday2pm8pm
Sunday3pm-

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Latest What the Constitution Means to Me News & Features

Heidi Schreck in What the Constitution Means to Me
What the Constitution Means to Me extends limited run on Broadway
April 1, 2019

Producers of the Broadway premiere of What the Constitution Means to Me, written and performed by two-time Obie Award winner Heidi Schreck, have announced a 6-week extension for the limited engagement. The production officially opened at the Hayes Theater last night, March 31, 2019, following previews from March 14, and will now close on July 21, 2019 (instead of June 9).

Heidi Schreck in What the Constitution Means to Me
Official Broadway production photos of What the Constitution Means to Me released
March 29, 2019

Producers of the Broadway premiere of What the Constitution Means to Me, written and performed by two-time Obie Award winner Heidi Schreck, have now released official production photos. Ms. Schreck is joined on stage by Mike Iveson and New York City high school students Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams, who are all making their respective Broadway debuts.

Heidi Schreck in What the Constitution Means to Me
What the Constitution Means to Me begins performances on Broadway
March 14, 2019

The Broadway premiere of What the Constitution Means to Me, written and performed by two-time Obie Award winner Heidi Schreck, begins previews at the Hayes Theater tonight, ahead of an official opening on March 31 and a limited 12-week engagement through to June 9, 2019.

Heidi Schreck in What the Constitution Means to Me
Heidi Schreck's What the Constitution Means to Me will head to Broadway
January 14, 2019

Following a twice-extended run at New York Theatre Workshop and an additional 5-week extension at off-Broadway's Greenwich House Theater last fall, The Clubbed Thumb, True Love, and New York Theatre Workshop production of What the Constitution Means to Me, written and performed by two-time Obie Award winner Heidi Schreck, has now been given the green light for a Broadway transfer. Preview performances for the 12-week limited engagement begin at the Hayes Theater on March 14, 2019, ahead of an official opening on March 31, with the run coming to a close on June 9, 2019.

Heidi Schreck in What the Constitution Means to Me
What the Constitution Means to Me transfers to Greenwich House Theater
November 5, 2018

New York Theatre Workshop has announced that its twice-extended production of What the Constitution Means to Me, written by two-time Obie Award winner Heidi Schreck and directed by Obie Award winner Oliver Butler, will transfer to off-Broadway's Greenwich House Theater for an additional 5-week extension. The production played its final performance at New York Theatre Workshop yesterday, November 4, following previews from September 12, and an official opening on October 1.

Our 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