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  What the Constitution Means to Me at Mark Taper Forum

What the Constitution Means to Me

Mark Taper Forum
135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles

Direct from Broadway, the 2019 Tony-nominated Best Play and Pulitzer Prize finalist, What the Constitution Means to Me, by famed writer Heidi Schreck, arrives at the Taper for a strictly limited engagement. This boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will affect the next generation of Americans. The tour stars Tony-nominated actress Maria Dizzia (Orange is the New Black) and features original Broadway cast members Mike Iveson and Rosdely Ciprian. 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 last fall before transferring to Broadway where it received two Tony Award nominations among countless other accolades. See the play The New York Times hails as "not just the best play on Broadway, but also the most important.”

Thru - Feb 23, 2020

Price: $139

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 213-628-2772

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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...In ending "What the Constitution Means to Me" in this way, Schreck underscores that this living document, which has shaped our collective past, will be reshaped by future generations who are still waiting for America's democratic promise to be fulfilled. The pocket Constitutions that are passed out to audience members show faith in the ability of "we the people" to move this republic forward."
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Charles McNulty

LA Daily News - Highly Recommended

"...“What the Constitution Means to Me” is writer Heidi Schreck’s nearly two-hour, rather heartfelt, well-staged, beautifully delivered lecture centering on the one document holding America together."
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Dany Margolies

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...Still, no one can deny the powerful, rough-hewn muscle that is the fundamental aspect of the monologue, even with its lack of compelling dramaturgy. Dizzia's Schreck deconstructs clauses, slicing open the unfinished document with precision like a surgeon-turned-activist, making politics intensely personal. Take the booklet of the Constitution published by the ACLU, passed out during the show, and know that you are holding the key to a more just future."
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Tony Frankel

The Hollywood Reporter - Recommended

"...There were all sorts of reasons the original production didn’t fly on Broadway, but Sting’s glorious music was not one of them. The Tony-nominated score for this show is some of the best work of his four-decade career — songs that perfectly advance the narrative while never once losing the mood-setting magic that has always been his trademark."
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Deborah Wilker

Cultural Weekly - Highly Recommended

"...Schreck’s Constitution is as much a game as it is a play. It’s seductively playful, leaning more toward the gaming option. By digging comfortably into her own past, Schreck’s script delivers her adventures and misadventures as a 15-year-old facing down growing up. When her mother, a debate coach, suggested she could earn money for college by debating the merits of the constitution at American Legion Halls around the country, Schreck took her up on it. It worked, eventually becoming the inspiration for this show."
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Sylvie Drake

Showmag - Recommended

"...What the Constitution Means to Me is an important, if not essential, piece of theater that’s in sync with the zeitgeist of our times. It’s appropriate viewing for teens."
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Ben Miles

Stage Raw - Highly Recommended

"...Now I imagine there are people for whom the mere thought of such descant is enough to make their eyelids droop. They should not be dissuaded by preconceived notions. As playwright, Schreck has filtered her personal journey of discovery into a vital work that challenges us to consider our heritage as Americans - to preserve the good and discard the bad. And she offers it up to us with an abundant supply of humor and humanity that unequivocally drives her message home."
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Deborah Klugman

Haines His Way - Recommended

"...For this viewer, the show would have worked much better as a one-person monologue. Schreck has a lot of insightful commentary on the way the Constitution has been interpreted and used and mis-used in the over two hundred years since its adoption. She also has an amazing story to tell of four generations of women in her family and the abuse they endured and how the Constitution abetted their abuse and aided in their breaking with the past. I applaud Schreck's political passion; I just wish she could have found a better way to deliver it to a populace that needs to hear it. Although, unfortunately, the ones who really need to hear it the most, like most members of the GOP, will probably never be in the audience."
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Rob Stevens

Peoples World - Recommended

"...Lodged in between the playwright’s weirdly loopy digressions, with metaphors for the Constitution (“a witches’ brew in a cauldron” or “a patchwork quilt” or a “crucible”) that sound intentionally sophomoric and not terribly enlightening, Schreck has placed informative insights into the nature of the document Americans live by."
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Eric A. Gordon

On Stage Blog - Recommended

"...Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and a finalist spot for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this show will appeal to history buffs, liberals and feminists, but might make some in the audience uncomfortable as the playwright tackles abortion, equal citizen protection and immigration."
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Jill Weinlein

Its Not About Me - Highly Recommended

"...What The Constitution Means To Me is so well-written, so as to keep the audience’s attention while educating and motivating. When I saw the Tonys audience go nuts over just the mention of this play during last year’s awards, I could not imagine how someone made the study of the United States Constitution interesting and entertaining. But Heidi certainly accomplished that. With tons of humor, to boot."
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Karen Salkin

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