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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

Fri, Jan 24: 8:00pm
Sat, Jan 25: 2:30pm $ 8:00pm
Sun, Jan 26: 1:00pm & 6:30pm
Tue, Jan 28: 8:00pm
Wed, Jan 29: 8:00pm
Thu, Jan 30: 8:00pm
Fri, Jan 31: 8:00pm
Sat, Feb 1: 2:30pm $ 8:00pm
Sun, Feb 2: 1:00pm & 6:30pm
Tue, Feb 4: 8:00pm
Wed, Feb 5: 8:00pm
Thu, Feb 6: 8:00pm
Fri, Feb 7: 8:00pm
Sat, Feb 8: 2:30pm $ 8:00pm
Sun, Feb 9: 1:00pm & 6:30pm
Tue, Feb 11: 8:00pm
Wed, Feb 12: 8:00pm
Thu, Feb 13: 8:00pm
Fri, Feb 14: 8:00pm
Sat, Feb 15: 2:30pm $ 8:00pm
Sun, Feb 16: 1:00pm & 6:30pm
Tue, Feb 18: 8:00pm
Wed, Feb 19: 8:00pm
Thu, Feb 20: 8:00pm
Fri, Feb 21: 8:00pm
Sat, Feb 22: 2:30pm $ 8:00pm
Sun, Feb 23: 1:00pm & 6:30pm



Price: $139

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 213-628-2772

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  What the Constitution Means to Me Reviews
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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


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


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



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