What the Constitution Means to Me (2020)
October 21, 2020 10:48 AM - Subscribe

Filmed version of the live Broadway cast production of Heidi Schreck's play presenting multiple facets, historical perspectives and personal experiences with the U.S. Constitution.

The play opened on Broadway in March 2019, with Heidi Schreck, the playwright, in the leading role. Over the course of the play, Schreck addresses themes such as women's rights, immigration, and domestic abuse. What the Constitution Means to Me was nominated for Best Play in the 73rd Tony Awards, and was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It won the New York Drama Critics' Circle award and the Obie award for Best American Play.

Afira Akbar in The Guardian: A dazzling, shocking indictment of America ... This funny, tragic and deeply unsettling one-woman tour de force shows who the US constitution serves – and who it lets down. The statistics alone are horrifying.

Allison Shoemaker on RogerEbert.com: It’s a towering achievement, a work of devastating clarity. It’s also funny, compassionate, and surprising, and somehow, in spite of everything, in possession of a bright flare of optimism. To watch it is both painful and vital, like taking a great deep breath with a set of broken ribs. It will hurt. The pain is worth the reward.

Currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
posted by still_wears_a_hat (2 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I saw this on Broadway with my husband. It is fantastic--feminist and sad and funny and intelligent. It ends with a debate between Schreck and a high school debater about whether we should keep the Constitution or chuck it out and start over. Highly recommended.
posted by ceejaytee at 12:25 PM on October 21, 2020 [3 favorites]

I just saw an ad for this on fb and was really intrigued. Thanks for the post. Definitely going to give it watch!
posted by miss-lapin at 9:39 PM on October 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

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