WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME

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By Heidi Schreck
Directed by Oliver Butler

2018/19 Season

September 12, 2018—October 21, 2018

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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. Obie Award winner Oliver Butler directs.

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.

Scenic Design Rachel Hauck
Costume Design Michael Krass
Lighting Design Jen Schriever
Sound Design Sinan Zafar
Dramaturgy Sarah Lunnie
Stage Manager Terri K. Kohler


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Heidi Schreck on What the Constitution Means to Me (meaning her, and maybe you too)

  • Debater

    NYTW debut. Rosdely is starting high school this fall, participates in her school’s debate team, has graduated from Barbizon modeling school and lives with her mom in New York City. She has a passion for acting and an affinity for technology, enjoys listening and dancing to music and attends Girl Scouts to help out her community.

  • Performer

    Mike has previously appeared at NYTW in The Sound & The Fury, as Jake Barnes in The Select/The Sun Also Rises, and in Fondly, Collette Richland, all with the multiple-award-winning Elevator Repair Service theater company. Other recent theater includes Gatz, Arguendo, and Measure for Measure (all ERS/Public Theater); last spring’s Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf (ERS/Abrons Arts Center); the recent Plenty revival (Public); the Obie-winning A Beautiful Day in November on the Greatest of the Great Lakes (New Georges); The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb); How to Get into Buildings (New Georges); Crime or Emergency (PS122); and many more. He wrote and composed the music for his own shows Sorry Robot (PS122/New Ohio Theater; directed by Will Davis) and The Tear Drinkers (the Kitchen). TV: Orange Is the New Black.

  • Performer

    Heidi is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. Her other plays include Grand Concourse, which debuted at Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf and theaters all over the country in 2014-15 and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and a Lily Award. Other plays, including CreatureThere Are No More Big Secrets and The Consultant, have been produced by Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf, Page73, Seattle Public Theatre, New Georges, Rattlestick, and more. Heidi has commissions from the Atlantic Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, and South Coast Repertory Theatre and has been a writing fellow with the Clare Tow Foundation, Soho Rep and the Sundance Theatre Lab. Heidi’s television writing includes “I Love Dick,” “Billions” and “Nurse Jackie,” and she is developing a TV series with Amazon based on Patricia Lockwood’s Priestdaddy. As an actor, Heidi has performed at Berkeley Rep, Roundabout Theatre, MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Shakespeare in the Park, Clubbed Thumb and Two-Headed Calf and on TV in “Nurse Jackie,” “Billions,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “The Good Wife.” She is the recipient of two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk, and the Theatre World Award.

  • Debater

    NYTW debut. Thursday is a senior at William Cullen Bryant H.S. in Queens. She has done a variety of debates at Brooklyn Law School and NYU through the Legal Outreach Program. She recently finished her judicial internship at the Civil Supreme Court through the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program. She is currently an explorer and on the Youth Community Council for the  103rd Precinct.

Heidi Schreck / Playwright

HEIDI SCHRECK is a writer and actor living in Brooklyn. Her latest plays include What the Constitution Means to Me, developed by Clubbed Thumb and True Love productions, and Grand Concourse, which debuted at Playwrights Horizons and Steppenwolf Theatre in 2014-15. Grand Concourse was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize, and winner of both a Claire Tow Fellowship and a Lily Award. Other plays, including Creature, There Are No More Big Secrets and The Consultant, have been produced by Long Wharf Theatre, Page73, Seattle Public Theatre, ART, SpeakEasy, New George, Rattlestick Theatre Company and more. Heidi has commissions from the Atlantic Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club and South Coast Repertory Theatre and has been a playwriting fellow with the Claire Tow Foundation, Soho Rep and the Sundance Theatre Lab. Heidi’s television writing includes “I Love Dick,”“Billions” and “Nurse Jackie,” and she is currently developing a new TV series with Annapurna Pictures and Amazon. As an actor, Heidi has performed at Berkeley Rep, Roundabout Theatre, MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Shakespeare in the Park, Clubbed Thumb and Two-Headed Calf and on TV in “Nurse Jackie,”“Billions,”“Law & Order: SVU”and“The Good Wife.” Heidi is the recipient of two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award and the Theatre World Award.

Oliver Butler / Director

OLIVER BUTLER’s directing credits include Jordan Harrison’s The Amateurs (Vineyard); Christopher Shinn’s An Opening in Time (Hartford Stage); Daniel Goldfarb’s Legacy (Williamstown); and the premiere of Will Eno’s The Open House (Signature) for which the play won the Lortel Award for Best Play and he received the OBIE Award for Direction. In Australia, he directed the premiere of Lally Katz’s Timeshare at The Malthouse in Melbourne. Oliver is a co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, a Brooklyn-based ensemble theater company, with whom Oliver has co-created and directed nine full-length plays since 2004 including The Light Years (Playwrights Horizons); Jacuzzi (Ars Nova); Blood Play (sold out runs at The Bushwick Starr, The Public’s Under the Radar Festival, and Williamstown); Buddy Cop 2 (Critic’s Pick in The New York Times, Time Out New York and Backstage); Cape Disappointment (PS122); You’re Welcome (The Brick); The Eaten Heart (The Ontological Incubator); The Snow Hen (Charlie Pineapple Theater); and A Thought About Raya (Red Room, The Brick, The Ontological Incubator). This fall he is directing a new production of Will Eno’s Thom Pain (Signature Theater Company) starring Michael C. Hall. He is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a Bill Foeller Fellow (Williamstown).

Rachel Hauck / Scenic Design

NYTW: Hadestown, An Iliad. Broadway: Latin History for Morons. With Heidi Schreck: Grand Concourse (Playwrights Horizons), Creature (P73). Recently in NYC: Othello, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova); You’ll Still Call Me By Name (Sonya Tayeh, Jacob’s Pillow); Princess Grace, Lilly Awards. Obie for Sustained Excellence.

Michael Krass / Costume Design

NYTW: Hadestown, The Waves, View of the Dome, Emerald City, Light Shining. Broadway: Noises Off (Tony nom), Machinal (Tony nom), The Constant Wife (Tony nom), Twelve Angry Men, Charlie Brown, Hedda Gabbler. Off-Broadway: World premieres by Albee, Guare, Durang, Lonergan, Eno, The Debate Society, devised work by Built for Collapse and ballets for Eliot Feld.

Jen Schriever / Lighting Design

NYTW debut. Broadway: Lifespan of a Fact, Eclipsed, Ghetto Klown. NYC: Collective Rage, School Girls (MCC); Dan Cody’s Yacht, In the Body of the World (MTC); Bobbie Clearly, On The Exhale (Roundabout); The Amateurs (Vineyard); Strange Interlude (Transport Group); The Moors (Playwrights Realm); Eclipsed, ToasT and A Second Chance (Public); Night is a Room (Signature).

Sinan Zafar / Sound Design

NYTW debut. What the Constitution Means to Me (Berkeley Rep, Clubbed Thumb); peerless (Yale Repertory Theater); Hamlet (Waterwell); Richard in 9 Poses (Clubbed Thumb); Intimate Apparel, Detroit, The Champion (TheatreSquared); Midsummer (Tiltyard); Wingspace. MFA: Yale School of Drama. sinanzafar.com

Sarah Lunnie / Dramaturg

NYTW debut. Broadway: A Doll’s House, Part 2. NYC: Miles For Mary (The Bushwick Starr, Playwrights Horizons), What The Constitution Means to Me (Clubbed Thumb), The Essential Straight & Narrow (New Ohio). Regional: Humana Festival premieres of The Christians, Death Tax and SITI Company’s Under Construction, among many others.

Terri K. Kohler / Stage Manager

NYTW: The House That Will Not Stand, Red Speedo, Scenes From a Marriage, Belleville. New York: Fairview, Futurity, We are Proud…; In the Blood, The Death of the Last Black Man… (Signature Theatre); Pretty Filthy, In the Footprint, Paris Commune, The Great Immensity (Civilians); Indecent (Vineyard). Usual Suspect NYTW, Associate Artist, The Civilians.