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What the Constitution Means To Me

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March 4 - April 12, 2020

It presents the US constitution as profoundly flawed, but capable of improvement. The promise of a more just, more equal union has not been foreclosed. But a more perfect solo show? Broadway won't see one for years.

The Guardian

Why See What the Constitution Means To Me?

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Broadway's Best Play of 2019

Hailed as one of the most important plays to grace Broadway! Heidi Schreck's compelling debut play What The Constitution Means To Me garnered much critical acclaim, as well as a Pulitzer, Lucille Lortel, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk awards, and two Tony Award nominations. First starting its revolution during an Off-Broadway stint in the fall of 2018, this buzzworthy production will tour North America... don't miss it!

At a time when the politics du jour may leave many feeling confused, outraged and uncertain of the future, Schreck turns back the clocks and revisits her 15 year-old self at a time when she found a way to earn her college tuition by winning national Constitutional debate competitions. With wit, humour and an enquiring mind, she brings new life to the text that shaped modern America whilst simultaneously shining a light on its democratic failings. 

What Is What The Constitution Means To Me About? 

Whilst written in the Obama era, What The Constitution Means To Me is as topical and necessary as ever. Originally performed by regular Off-Broadway actor Schreck, it recreates one of the American Legion halls she travelled to in her teenage years, where she earned accolades for Casting Spells: The Crucible Of The Constitution. 

Whilst sunny and optimistic in her yellow blazer, she traces the stories of four generations of women in her family and their direct relationship with the constitution, how it omitted and forsook them, something still happening to women today. Comedy, drama, memoir and debate collide in a thought provoking whirlwind brought deftly together by Schreck's magnetic personal charm and intelligent writing. Prepare to laugh, cry and contemplate long after the curtains come down. 

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Opening night: 4 March 2020

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Approximately one hour and 50 minutes, with no intermission

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Written by Heidi Schreck
Directed by Oliver Butler

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Schreck is deeply connected to this material and her delivery makes you feel as if she is telling this story to you for the very first time.

Playwright Heidi Schreck is making history with her autobiographical play, garnering an Obie Award for Best New American Play and New York Drama Critics' Circle for Best American Play in the process!

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