‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ Is Extended
Posted November 4, 2018 7:11 p.m. EST
NEW YORK — Heidi Schreck’s “What The Constitution Means To Me” will transfer to the Greenwich House Theater, where it will run from Nov. 27 to Dec. 30, the New York Theater Workshop announced Sunday.
The play, written by and starring Schreck, a two-time Obie Award winner, examines the effect of the U.S. Constitution on women’s bodies, particularly in her family, a topic made even more relevant by recent news developments: Just last week, President Donald Trump expressed his desire to end birthright citizenship, a constitutional guarantee. And a few weeks earlier, a battle raged over the confirmation of the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct allegations.
Schreck’s play, directed by Oliver Butler, opened at the New York Theater Workshop in September. Its last performance in the space was Sunday. Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton attended the show the night before.
The work, an intensely personal one based on Schreck’s life, originated in the summer of 2017 at the Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks Festival. Through several generations of women, the play tracks gender inequality in power dynamics through the years, and serves as a critique of the Constitution.