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What the Constitution Means to Me

First Preview: Mar 14, 2019

Opening Date: Mar 14, 2019

Closing Date: Aug 24, 2019

Running Time: 01:35

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Playing @

Hayes Theater

240 W 44th St New York, NY 10036

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Moves to Broadway this spring for a limited engagement!

Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck earned enough money for her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. Now, the Obie Award winner resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women in her own family and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship.

This boundary-breaking new play has been included in more than a dozen Top Ten lists and named the Number One Play of the Year by The New Yorker and New York Magazine
Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 13

Show Notes

Show Notes: No Intermission

Performance Schedule:



Oliver Butler

Written by

Heidi Schreck

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Full-price tickets

$49 - $159

Lottery & Rush

$42 - a limited number of general rush tickets will be available daily at the box office when it opens for that day’s performance only. There will be a maximum of two tickets per person. Tickets can be paid for via cash or credit card and are subject to availability. Seating locations will be determined at the discretion of the box office



Quotation Mark

NYT Critic's Pick -

"It is a tragedy told as a comedy, a work of inspired protest, a slyly crafted piece of persuasion and a tangible contribution to the change it seeks. It is not just the best play to open on Broadway so far this season, but also the most important." 

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"The text itself doesn’t seem to have changed since its Off Broadway run last year, yet the show has deepened, sweetened and strengthened in its move to Broadway." 

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1. “What the Constitution Means to Me” - Best Show of 2018

In different ways, “What the Constitution Means to Me” and “Oklahoma!” both explore how America’s sunny origin myths aren’t so sunny after all. Part memoir, part town hall, the writer-performer Heidi Schreck’s show begins as a retread of her teen-age experience travelling Legion Halls and giving speeches on the U.S. Constitution for prize money. It evolves into an open-hearted yet shrewd look at the document’s tragic blind spots, and then into a hard-nosed but hopeful attempt to press onward. Like Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette,” Schreck lures the audience with self-effacing charm—she’s like a middle-school history teacher who can’t wait to tell us interesting facts—and then pulls us deeper, to where the real damage lies. I saw the show, at New York Theatre Workshop, the week of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, and it felt like both a balm and a road map. 

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Box Office

Outer lobby, ground level. ADA access via the Stage Door.


Valet parking garages: 1st garage: South side of 44th St. between 6th & 7th Aves. Vertical clearance: 105". 2nd garage: East of Shubert Alley, on north side of 44th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave. No vans.

Curb Ramps

(2.5" lip) NW corner of 44th & Broadway; (2.5" lip) SE corner of 44th St. & Broadway; SW corner of 44th St. & Broadway.

Directions Bus



Accessible/unisex bathrooms/stalls in the lower lobby and at the mezzanine level

Directions Subway

1,2,3,7,S,A,C,E,N,R,Q,W to 42nd St./Times square


Orchestra on ground level. Seats 589.


Full-service/accessible elevator


None on premises


ADA-accessible building entrance at Stage Door. Handicap ramps in the lower lobby,

Water Fountain

Lower Level directly across from the elevator

Assisted Listening System

LOOP system in the auditorium, headsets available. Driver’s license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Not available in the first 3 rows of the Orchestra.

Wheelchair Info

Accessible seating in both Orchestra & Mezzanine

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1,2,3,7,S,A,C,E,N,R,Q,W to 42nd St./Times square

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