What The Constitution Means To Me, Heidi Schreck’s critically lauded Off Broadway production that landed on many best-of-2018 lists, is heading to Broadway for a 12-week limited engagement this spring.
Performances will begin at the Helen Hayes Theater on March 14, with opening night scheduled for March 31. What The Constitution Means To Me will be produced on Broadway by Diana DiMenna, Aaron Glick, and Matt Ross.
The announcement was made today by The Clubbed Thumb, True Love and New York Theatre Workshop.
Schreck’s play, directed by Oliver Butler, was extended twice at NYTW before transferring to the Greenwich House Theater. Schreck both wrote and performs the play in which she resurrects her 15-year-old self in telling how she earned her college tuition money by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States.
In the play, Schreck traces the profound relationship between four generations of women in her own family and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship.
“Telling these stories night after night has been a revelatory experience for me,” said Schreck. “People stay after every show to share their own stories with me, stories about this country, about their parents and grandparents, and about the incredible perseverance of the women in their families. I have been so deeply moved by the passionate and open-hearted response to this show and I can’t wait to share it with a bigger audience — both on Broadway and around the country.”
Written and performed by the two-time Obie Award winner and directed by Obie Award winner Butler, What The Constitution Means To Me will feature the full Off Broadway cast including Schreck, Mike Iveson (Gatz) and New York City high school students Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams, all in their Broadway debuts.
What The Constitution Means To Me features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Jen Schriever and sound design by Sinan Zafar.
What The Constitution Means To Me was commissioned by True Love Productions. This production originated as part of Summerworks 2017, produced by Clubbed Thumb in partnership with True Love Productions.
Clubbed Thumb initially staged a production of Constitution in 2017, with other productions following at Berkeley Repertory Theater and New York Theater Workshop, the latter extending its 2018 staging to Off Broadway’s Greenwich House Theater.