Opened: March 31, 2019
Cast: Heidi Schreck, Mike Iveson, Rosdely Ciprian, Thursday Williams
Director: Oliver Butler
Why it's great: If the title of What the Constitution Means to Me sounds like a grade school report, well, that's because it sort of is. Writer-performer Heidi Schreck excavates her own history of participating in constitutional speech contests at American Legion halls for this three-person piece that's a ruthless and often devastating interrogation of the Founding Fathers' document. Schreck paid for college using the money she won talking about her love of the Constitution, but now her feelings are more, well, mixed. In a welcoming, conversational, and often amusing tone, she picks apart how these words, ostensibly guaranteeing freedom, betray women across America, including those in her own family. It's brutal at times, but one of the most vibrant examinations of what it means to be a citizen you'll ever see.