Schreck’s Prime Play

What the Constitution Means to Me, a 2019 Broadway play created by and starring Heidi Schreck, comes to Amazon Prime this Friday, October 16, in a filmed version from director Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Can You Ever Forgive Me?).

In the autobiographical show, Schreck resurrects her 15-year-old self who earns her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the US. In the process, she traces the relationship between four generations of women in her family.

Schreck and the play received Tony Award nominations last year, and earlier, in an off-Broadway run, the show won both an Obie Award and a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award as Best American Play. What the Constitution Means to Me was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

“In light of the moment we are living through, I am donating part of my proceeds from this film to the Broadway Cares Covid Relief Fund and to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Voting Rights 2020 initiative,” said Schreck.

What the Constitution Means to Me delivers a point of view that is equal parts hilarious, heartbreaking and hopeful,” noted Albert Cheng, COO and co-head of television for Amazon Studios. 

Schreck has previously written for Amazon Prime’s I Love Dick and Showtime’s Billions and Nurse Jackie.

Heller filmed What the Constitution Means to Me during its last week of performances at Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theater.

(Photo source: IMDb)

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