The Broadway production of Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me has recouped its $2.5 million capitalization. The play, which opened at the Hayes Theater March 31, continues its extended run through August 24.
Schreck stars in her autobiographical storytelling piece, in which she resurrects her teenage self—who put herself through college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution—to ponder the effects of the founding document on generations of women, including many in her own family. Joining her on stage are Mike Iveson and high school debaters Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams.
The play was first seen at the Wild Project in 2017 as part of Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks Festival, followed by an extended Off-Broadway premiere at New York Theatre Workshop in 2018 and a subsequent encore run at the Greenwich House Theater.
After the Broadway bow, Schreck will reprise her performance as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. A national tour will follow, launching at Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group in January 2020. The playwright, however, will not appear in the traveling production, and will rework the piece specifically for its new lead.
The Broadway production, directed by Oliver Butler, is produced by Diana DiMenna, Aaron Glick, publicist Matt Ross, Madeleine Foster Bersin, Myla Lerner/Jon Bierman, Jenna Segal/Catherine Markowitz, Jana Shea/Maley-Stolbun-Sussman, Rebecca Gold/Jose Antonio Vargas, Level Forward, Cornice Productions, Lassen Wyse Balsam, Nederlander Presentations/Kate Lear, Clubbed Thumb, True Love Productions, and New York Theatre Workshop.