New York Theatre Workshop will kick off its 2018–2019 season next month with What the Constitution Means to Me, written and performed by two-time Obie Award-winning playwright and actor Heidi Schreck (Grand Concourse, I Love Dick).
The play, inspired by Schreck's own life, family history, and the U.S. Constitution, received critical acclaim last summer when it debuted as part of Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks Festival.
The Debate Society's Oliver Butler (The Amateurs, The Light Years, as well as the upcoming Thom Pain (Based on Nothing)) will once again direct the play Off-Broadway. Performances will begin September 12 ahead of an October 1 opening.
Joining Shreck onstage in the NYTW production will be Mike Iveson (The Sound & The Fury, Fondly, Collette Richland), and New York City high school students Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams.
Fifteen-year-old Schreck put herself through college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution. In What the Constitution Means to Me, she traces the effects of this founding document on generations of women in her family—starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride from Germany who died of melancholia—as well as imagines its continued impact on the next generation of American women.
What the Constitution Means to Me will feature scenic design by Rachel Hauck (Hadestown), costume design by Michael Krass (Hadestown), lighting design by Jen Schriever (Eclipsed), and sound design by Sinan Zafar (Hamlet). Dramaturgy is by Sarah Lunnie, the literary director of Playwrights Horizons; Terri K. Kohler (The House that Will Not Stand) will serve as stage manager.
What the Constitution Means to Me was commissioned by True Love Productions. For more information visit NYTW.org.