What the Constitution Means to Me

a play by HEIDI SCHRECK
directed by OLIVER BUTLER

McGuire Proscenium Stage

An achingly human, hopeful new play

Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the U.S. 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. Nominated for two Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Schreck’s boundary-breaking show breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans. The Guthrie is proud to be the first stop on the national tour of this timely and galvanizing work.

Three things to know 

  • What the Constitution Means to Me was written in 2017, premiered off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop in 2018 and premiered on Broadway in spring 2019.
  • The New York Times hailed the show as “not just the best play to open on Broadway, but also the most important.”
  • The Guthrie is a stop on the show’s national tour, which features Broadway and TV star Cassie Beck in the role of Heidi.

Ticket prices

Prices range from $15 to $80.

Pro tip: Preview performances start at $15 (September 30 – October 5). Hurry, these go quickly! 

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Health and safety 

To help keep the Guthrie as safe as possible for everyone in our community, all ticket holders must wear masks and show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 PCR test with a valid photo ID to attend a performance at the theater. Ticket holders under age 18 may provide a school photo ID or an official school document with the student’s name.

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Content advisory 

This production contains mature language and themes. Contact the Box Office for more information.

Run time

Approximately 100 minutes (no intermission)

Venue info

What the Constitution Means to Me will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

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Accessibility

ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Program and play guide

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In the news

Review

“Courageous and raw, the whole thing is also trenchant and amusing, a heated, witty, educational, and exasperated exploration of a document and its interpreters—and the people affected by both. With laughs!”

Read the review from Minnesota Monthly.

Feature 

"As we watch Heidi hold her 15-year-old self up to the Constitution, as well as her 44-year-old self up to the Constitution, she's re-examining and examining what she knows or thinks she knows. It's really an invitation for us to do the same." 

Listen to Cassie Beck's interview on Minnesota Public Radio.

Feature

"I'm thrilled to be in your beautiful city," said Beck, who has never been to Minneapolis. "I think everybody has a role to play in equality and I hope people will come to the show open to that."

Read the full Star Tribune article here

Artists

Cast

Heidi Cassie Beck
Legionnaire Mike Iveson
Understudy for Mike Iveson Gabriel Marin
Understudy for Cassie Beck Jessica Savage
Performer Jocelyn Shek
Performer Emilyn Toffler

 

Jocelyn Shek and Emilyn Toffler will alternate performances.

Creative

Director Oliver Butler
Scenic Designer Rachel Hauck
Costume Designer Michael Krass
Lighting Designer Jen Schriever
Sound Designer Sinan Refik Zafar

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Kevin Kling

Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. 

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