Mark Taper Forum at Center Theatre Group
Direct from Broadway, playwright Heidi Schreck's boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans. The tour stars Tony®-nominated actress Maria Dizzia ("Orange is the New Black") with original Broadway cast members Mike Iveson and Rosdely Ciprian, and Los Angeles high school student Jocelyn Shek in her theatrical debut.
Fifteen year old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.
Schreck's timely and galvanizing play, directed by Oliver Butler, became a sensation off-Broadway before transferring to Broadway where it received two Tony Award nominations among countless other accolades. The New York Times hailed What the Constitution Means to Me as "not just the best play to open on Broadway so far this season, but also the most important."
(Performer) New York theatre credits include If I Forget, The Layover, Belleville (2013 Drama Desk Nomination), Uncle Vanya, Cradle and All, In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) (2010 Tony Award nomination); The Hallway Trilogy, and more. Maria portrayed Polly on three seasons of Netflix's Orange is the New Black. Other film and television credits include: The Deuce, Bull, Red Oaks, While We're Young, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married, Horace and Pete, Royal Pains, The Newsroom, The Good Wife, Master of None, Louie, Fringe, and Law & Order. Upcoming, she will be seen in the new HBO series, The Undoing and the independent feature, I Was in Your Blood. Recently she made her directorial debut with the Amios theatre company in their production of The Loneliest Number. She can currently be seen in 13 Reasons Why streaming on Netflix and throughout the first season on Emergence on ABC. Maria received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego.
(Performer) is a sophomore in high school who lives with her mom in New York City. Rosdely graduated from Barbizon Modeling School in 2012, was an extra for the 2014 movie Annie, and also played the title role in Annie at her school in 2017. She has a passion for acting and an affinity for technology and helps her community as a Girl Scout Senior. Rosdely has participated in various summer programs and sometimes helps judge debates with her teacher Mr. Beattie. Instagram: @rosdely.star
(Performer) has appeared in dozens of productions in NYC and beyond. Public Theater: Gatz (with the award-winning Elevator Repair Service); the recent revival of David Hare's Plenty; Measure for Measure; Arguendo. New York Theatre Workshop: as Ernest Hemingway's alter ego Jake Barnes in The Select/The Sun Also Rises; The Sound and the Fury; Fondly, Collette Richland. Other recent theater: Everyone's Fine with Virginia Woolf (ERS/Abrons); the Obie-winning A Beautiful Day...Great Lakes (New Georges); The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb); Crime or Emergency (PS 122); and How to Get into Buildings (New Georges). TV: "Orange Is the New Black."
(Performer) is a high school freshman from Los Angeles who is thrilled to be performing in her first production. She greatly enjoys theatre, having been part of her school's improv troupe and being on stage crew in her school's middle school play. Jocelyn has been debating since 5th grade and hopes to apply the skills she is developing in debate to promote social justice and to help bridge the political divide in America. Additionally, she is interested in STEM and has been a proud member of her schools' robotics teams for 6 years. Instagram: @jocelyn.shek
(Playwright) is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. What the Constitution Means to Me was recently named a Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Obie Award and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play. Heidi also received two Tony Award nominations for What the Constitution Means to Me for Best Play and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play and received the 2019 Benjamin Hadley Danks Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. Her play Grand Concourse, which debuted at Playwrights Horizons and Steppenwolf Theatres in 2014-15, won the Stacey Mindich Lilly Award in 2015 and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Screenwriting credits include "I Love Dick," "Billions" and "Nurse Jackie." Heidi has also taught playwriting and screenwriting at NYU, Columbia, Kenyon College, and Primary Stages. She is the recipient of three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and a Theatre World Award. She is the recipient of the Horton Foote Playwriting Award, and the Hull-Warriner Award from the Dramatists Guild.
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