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Heidi Schreck's What the Constitution Means to Me Opens

Oliver Butler directs Schreck's new play at New York Theatre Workshop.

New York Theatre Workshop's production of Heidi Schreck's What the Constitution Means to Me celebrated its opening night on September 30. Directed by Oliver Butler, the play runs through October 28.

Heidi Schreck and Oliver Butler collaborate on What the Constitution Means to Me.
(© )Marielle Solan

In What the Constitution Means to Me, it's 1989 and "Heidi is trying to earn enough money to go to college by giving speeches about the Constitution in American Legion Halls across the country. When she loses the first round to Becky Dobbins because her speech isn't personal enough, she decides to go deep. Starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died of 'melancholia,' she traces the effects of a single sentence of the Ninth Amendment on generations of women in her family — and on the violent men they married."

Mike Iveson, Rosdely Ciprian, Heidi Schreck, Thursday Williams, and Oliver Butler celebrate What the Constitution Means to Me.
(© Marielle Solan)

In addition to Schreck, the production features Mike Iveson, and New York City high school students Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams. It boasts scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Jen Schriever, and sound design by Sinan Zafar.