Heidi Schreck to Perform Benefit Reading of WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME - June 9, 2022 at Cooper Union's Historic Great Hall
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 02:15 pm EDT 05/23/22

Will Reunite for a One-Night-Only Reading
at Cooper Union's Historic "Great Hall"
To Benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds

JUNE 9, 2022 at 8PM


(May 23, 2022- New York, NY)Heidi Schreck and the original Broadway cast of her Tony Award nominated and Pulitzer Prize finalist play What the Constitution Means to Me will reunite for a special one-night-only reading of the play to benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds on June 9, 2022 at 8pm at the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union (7 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003). For over 150 years, The Great Hall has been New York's epicenter of public debate and political discourse and eight US Presidents have spoken from the hall's famed "Lincoln Lectern," beginning with President Lincoln himself. The benefit reading is produced by Matt Ross, Diana DiMenna, Aaron Glick, Heidi Schreck, Oliver Butler, and New York Theatre Workshop.

The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice. Learn more at abortionfunds.org

Tickets range from $25-$1000 and are on sale now at https://www.nytw.org/show/constitution-benefit/tickets/

Directed by Oliver Butler, the reading will feature the entire original Broadway cast: Heidi Schreck, Mike Iveson, Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams.

All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination. In addition, a mask must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times inside the building and theatre. Attendees also must wear a surgical or KN95 (or similar) level mask, and if you need one, we will provide it at the point of entry.

Playwright Heidi Schreck's 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 at New York Theatre Workshop in 2018 before transferring to Broadway in 2019 and receiving two Tony Award®? nominations among countless other accolades. The New York Times?hailed it as "not just the best play on Broadway, but also the most important."

Initially announced for a 12-week engagement on Broadway, What the Constitution Means to Me was extended twice and fully recouped in its Broadway engagement, shattering box office records at the Helen Hayes Theater in New York for a total run of 24 weeks. Following Broadway, What the Constitution Means to Me played a record-breaking limited engagement run at the Eisenhower Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as well as two sit down engagements in Los Angeles and Chicago before halting performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The national tour resumed in October 2021, and recently concluded in in Nashville, Tennessee in Spring 2022. Schreck's performance on Broadway was captured and a streaming version of the play released on October 16, 2020 on Amazon Prime.

The Clubbed Thumb, True Love Productions, and New York Theatre Workshop production of What the Constitution Means to Me was produced on Broadway by Diana DiMenna, Aaron Glick, Matt Ross, Madeleine Foster Bersin, Myla Lerner/Jon Bierman, Jenna Segal/Catherine Markowitz, Jana Shea/Maley-Stolbun-Sussman, Rebecca Gold/Jose Antonio Vargas, Level Forward, Cornice Productions, Lassen Wyse Balsam, and Nederlander Presentations/Kate Lear.

What the Constitution Means to Me was commissioned by True Love Productions. This production originated as part of Summerworks 2017, produced by Clubbed Thumb in partnership with True Love Productions.

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