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What the Constitution to Me Helps Launch NYC Civics and Arts Fund

Heidi Schreck's Tony-nominated play is partnering with the Mayor's Fund on the subsidized ticketing program for students.

Heidi Schreck is the Tony-nominated star and playwright of What the Constitution Means to Me.
(© Joan Marcus)

The Tony-nominated play What the Constitution Means to Me has announced a new partnership with the Mayor's Fund to launch the NYC Civics and Arts Fund, which will subsidize tickets for hundreds of students through the rest of the show's Broadway run through August 24.

The Civics and Arts Fund, launched by the Mayor's Fund in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, and DemocracyNYC, will sponsor opportunities for youth to experience art and performances that advance the city's civic culture. The Fund will work with partners across New York City's iconic art and performance institutions, from Broadway and Museum Mile to borough and community-based groups, to connect young adults to art performances and creative programs that promote civics learning, thinking, and engagement. What the Constitution Means to Me will be the first show to partner with the new program.

What the Constitution Means to Me is described as follows: "Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition money by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In her boundary-breaking new play, the Obie Award winner resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women in her own family and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship."

Directed by Oliver Butler, the cast of What the Constitution Means to Me includes Schreck, Mike Iveson (Gatz), and New York City high school students Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams, all in their Broadway debuts. Ben Beckley understudies Iveson.

What the Constitution Means to Me was commissioned by True Love Productions and had its off-Broadway premiere in New York City at New York Theatre Workshop last fall. The production extended twice before NYTW transferred the production to the Greenwich House Theater. It recently received two Tony Award nominations, for Best Play and Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play.

For the complete list of Tony nominees, click here.