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What the Constitution Means to Me
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What the Constitution Means to Me

Mar 14, 2019 - Jun 09, 2019
Running time: 1:35
Helen Hayes Theater
240 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
By Bus: M42
By Subway: 1,2,3,7,S,A,C,E,N,R,Q,W to 42nd St./Times square
Show Description:


Oliver Butler

Written By

Heidi Schreck

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Age Guidance: 13
Show Notes
No Intermission


Accessible seating in both Orchestra & Mezzanine
Orchestra on ground level. Seats 589.
Full-service/accessible elevator
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.
ADA-accessible building entrance at Stage Door. Handicap ramps in the lower lobby,
Box Office
Outer lobby, ground level. ADA access via the Stage Door.
Accessible/unisex bathrooms/stalls in the lower lobby and at the mezzanine level
Water Fountain
Lower Level directly across from the elevator
None on premises
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.



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.  CONTINUE READING THE NEW YORKER REVIEW
Schreck darts masterfully back and forth between reminiscence and reportage, between the facts of her own life and the facts of this country’s violent self-imagining. Her tone is a miraculous blend of brutal and bright, like a juggler keeping chainsaws aloft. (Director Oliver Butler works with her to find exactly the right tempo — allegro vivace with sporadic, unsettling moments of pause.) She makes hairpin turns between witty hilarity and accounts of injustice, cruelty, and dehumanization that sit in the pit of the stomach like blazing stones. CONTINUE READING THE VULTURE REVIEW
A revolution is brewing at New York Theatre Workshop. That's where Heidi Schreck is debuting her not-quite-solo play, What the Constitution Means to Me, an X-ray examination of our republic's founding document that brilliantly straddles the border between ode and indictment. I left the theater with an electric current running through my body the likes of which I haven't felt since Hamilton. CONTINUE READING THE THEATERMANIA REVIEW


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