Heidi Schreck in “What the Constitution Means to Me” at New York Theatre Workshop.

Heidi Schreck in “What the Constitution Means to Me” at New York Theatre Workshop.

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Joan Marcus

When Heidi Schreck was a teenager, she traveled the country participating in the American Legion Oratorical Contest, giving speeches about the Constitution and how it related to her personal life.

Now, she’s written a new play, “What the Constitution Means to Me,” that expands upon that concept, connecting specific clauses from the Bill of Rights to the legacy of trauma in her family history.

“I started with the prompt that was given to me as a teenager, which was: Can you draw a personal connection between your own life and the Constitution?” explains Schreck. “And of course I got pretty quickly to reproductive rights and to Roe v. Wade.”
 

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