2020/2021 Season

What the Constitution Means to Me

San Diego Premiere

Mandell Weiss Theatre

By Heidi Schreck | Directed by Oliver Butler

Direct from Broadway, the 2019 Tony nominated Best Play and Pulitzer Prize finalist, What the Constitution Means to Me, by famed writer Heidi Schreck, joins us for a strictly limited engagement. This boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans. 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.”

Complete your evening at What the Constitution Means to Me by making a reservation at our onsite restaurant James’ Place, just steps away from the theatre, or stop by for a drink. Click HERE to reserve your table. James’ Place opens at 5:00 pm.

Top banner photo credit: Joan Marcus

Cast & Creators
Image of Heidi Schreck Heidi Schreck Playwright

is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Obie Award and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play. Schreck 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. Her play GRAND CONCOURSE debuted at Playwrights Horizons and Steppenwolf Theatre in 2014/2015, won the Lilly Award in 2015 and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She has also taught playwriting and screenwriting at NYU, Columbia, Kenyon College and Primary Stages. She has received three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award, the Horton Foote Playwriting Award and the Hull-Warriner Award from the Dramatists Guild.

Heidi Schreck Playwright
Image of Oilver Butler Oilver Butler Director

is a founder and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society. He recently directed the Broadway premiere of WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME (Tony, Lucille Lortel, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations; finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama), the West Coast premiere of Will Eno's THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING) starring Rainn Wilson and THE AMATEURS by Jordan Harrison at The Vineyard. Regional productions include Itamar Moses’s THE WHISTLEBLOWER at Denver Center, Christopher Shinn's AN OPENING IN TIME at Hartford Stage and Daniel Goldfarb's LEGACY at Williamstown Theatre Festival. He also directed the premiere of Will Eno’s THE OPEN HOUSE (OBIE Award for Direction; Lortel Award, Best Play) at the Signature Theatre Company. He is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a Bill Foeller Fellow.

Oilver Butler Director
Image of Cassie Beck Cassie Beck Performer

Broadway credits are the recent revival of THE ROSE TATTOO, original cast member of THE HUMANS (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, LA/London), PICNIC and THE NORMAN CONQUESTS. Off Broadway she’s performed at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater, Roundabout Theatre, and others. Regionally she’s appeared on stages all across the country including The Ahmanson, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre (a world premiere by Heidi Schreck) and Williamstown Theatre Festival. She can be seen in the upcoming feature film GOOD JOE BELL starring Mark Wahlberg, as well as this season of POSE, and HBO’s HIGH MAINTENANCE. @cassiebeckster

Cassie Beck Performer
Venue Info

Mandell Weiss Theatre

The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

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