As Heidi Schreck's What the Constitution Means to Me gears up for the 2019 Tony Awards (where it is up for Best Play and Actress in a Play), the Broadway production has partnered with The Mayor’s Fund to launch the NYC Civics and Arts Fund. The new program will ensure that hundreds of students have access to subsidized tickets throughout the remainder of the show's extended run (August 24).
The Civics and Arts Fund is launched by The Mayor's Fund in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, and DemocracyNYC. The program will partner with various institutions, from Broadway to Museum Mile, to sponsor opportunities for youth to experience art and performances in the city. Approximately 500 students will take part annually, with Constitution marking the first partnership.
In What the Constitution Means to Me, Schreck resurrects her teenage self—who put herself through college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution—so as to trace the effects of the founding document on generations of women, including many in her own family.
The new play, directed by Oliver Butler, is now playing at The Hayes Theater on Broadway. Mike Iveson and New York City high school students Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams star alongside Schreck.
In addition to its two Tony Award nods, the production has been nominated for a slew of awards this season, including two Drama League Awards, two Drama Desks, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Lucille Lortel Award. The play was awarded the 2019 Obie for Best New American Play, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play, and the recipient of this year's Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play. It was a also finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and nominated for the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
What the Constitution Means to Me was commissioned by True Love Productions, which co-produced the first production at Clubbed Thumb. An Off-Broadway run at New York Theatre Workshop followed.