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
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’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).