What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck

Finalist! 2019 Pulitzer Prize
Winner! 2019 Obie Award, Best New American Play
Winner! 2019 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Best American Play
Nominee: Two 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Play


Playwright Heidi Schreck’s boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans. Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this endearingly funny, hopeful and achingly human new play, actor Michelle Hand brilliantly resurrects Schreck’s teenage and present self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women in her family and the founding document that shaped their lives.

“Heidi Schreck on What the Constitution Means to Me,” PBS, May 10, 2019.

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Executive Director of ACLU Missouri , LUZ MARIA HENRIQUEZ joins us for a Post-Show Talkback at the APRIL 15th 3:00 PM Matinee.

Luz María Henríquez
Luz María Henríquez (she/her/ella) joined the ACLU of Missouri as the Executive Director in 2020. She is the first Latinx Executive Director of the affiliate. In her time at the ACLU of Missouri, she has worked to strengthen the affiliate’s impact on priority issues by integrating the organization’s advocacy work to address civil rights and liberties. Luz seeks solutions to issues as they emerge, and to advance change in the decades to come.

Luz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego and went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law after completing her third year as a visiting law student at New York University School of Law. In New York City, she worked at the firm Hogan Lovells for six years, where she gained experience in litigation and pro bono work. She received the law firm’s Pro Bono Associate of the Year Award in 2013.

Luz moved to St. Louis in 2014 and joined Legal Services of Eastern Missouri as a staff attorney in the Children’s Legal Alliance Unit. She subsequently founded and managed the Education Justice Program at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, which seeks to advance education equity and preserve the civil rights of students. She was the lead attorney on landmark education cases in Missouri, including a matter involving the rights of students experiencing homelessness which sought to correct the disproportional impact of educational deprivations on communities of color. She managed the Education Justice Program until 2020, when she joined the ACLU of Missouri.

Luz was born and raised in Southern California to undocumented immigrants from Mexico. She witnessed early on in life how marginalized communities are excluded from accessing opportunities and resources and denied equal protection under the law. She is the proud parent of an elementary school-aged daughter, who is Luz’s driving force and daily inspiration.

Luz serves on the advisory board and as faculty of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s Racial Justice Institute. She previously co-chaired the Juvenile Subcommittee of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Commission on Racial & Ethnic Fairness. Luz received the Missouri Lawyer’s Diversity & Inclusion award in 2019 and the Missouri Lawyer’s Women’s Justice Rising Star award in 2017.


What the Constitution Means to Me premiered off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop on September 12, 2018. The play opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre on March 31, 2019. Initially announced for a 12-week engagement, the Broadway production extended twice and fully recouped its investment, shattering box office records, for a total run of 24 weeks. Following Broadway, What the Constitution Means to Me played a record-breaking limited engagement run at the Eisenhower Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as well as two sit-down engagements in Los Angeles and Chicago before halting performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The national tour of What the Constitution Means to Me resumed in September 2021.

National Reviews

“Endearingly funny and deeply affecting… It would be hard to identify a work for the theater with its finger more on the pulse of America right now.” – Peter Marks, The Washington Post

“A charming and incisive analysis of gender and racial biases inherent to the U.S. Constitution that examines how this living document could evolve to fit modern America.” – 2019 Pulitzer Prize Committee

“What the Constitution Means to Me is one of the things we always say we want theater to be: an act of civic engagement. It restarts an argument many of us forgot we even needed to have.” – Jesse Green, The New York Times

Content Advisory

What the Constitution Means to Me contains mentions of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and discussions of abortion and its stigmatization.


Heidi Schreck


Nancy Bell


Michelle Hand* – Heidi
Isaiah Di LorenzoLegionnaire
Riley Carter AdamsDebater
Aislyn MorrowDebater
Maahi SainiDebater

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Production Staff

Amy J Paige* – Stage Manager
Dunsi Dai – Scenic Designer
Emma Glose – Props Master
Abby Pastorello – Wardrobe Head
Macheala Brock – Scenic Design Assistant
Zak Metalsky – Lighting Designer and Master Electrician
Amanda Brasher – ASM and Covid Compliance Officer
Phillip Evans – Sound Designer
Jim Mozley Robert – Technical Director
Andy Cross – Scenic Artist
Karen Pierce – Board Op

Play Times and Venue

April 5,2023 7:30 PM
Opening Night
April 6,2023 7:30 PM
Closing Day
April 23,2023 3:00 PM

Running Time 1:40 minutes, no intermission

The Marcelle Theater
The Marcelle Theatre,
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr,
St. Louis, MO 63103

The Marcelle is located 3 blocks east of Grand Blvd, just down the street from Powell Hall.

Free secured parking at the Marcelle Theatre

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