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What the Constitution Means to Me Watch Party Guide

Though we wish we could be sharing the Broadway national tour of What the Constitution Means to Me with you this fall, we’re thrilled to hear about the next best thing: Playwright and actor Heidi Schreck’s Broadway performance of the play will be available to watch on Amazon Prime starting October 16!

As we lead up to the 2020 Presidential Election on November 3, this is the perfect time to see Constitution, and what better way to enjoy some powerful award-winning theater, get out the vote, and #StayHomeStayHealthy than to hold a virtual watch party! We’ve put together this Constitution Watch Party Guide to help you set up your own virtual gathering.

ABOUT THE PLAY

Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. 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. Tony-nominated and Pulitzer Prize finalist Heidi Schreck’s boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans.

Heidi Schreck stated in the announcement about this broadcast, “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.”

AMAZON WATCH PARTY FAQ

With an Amazon Prime membership you can host a Constitution Prime Video Watch Party, where you can invite friends and family to join you in watching the film virtually with opportunities to chat alongside the play. 

Who can host a Constitution Watch Party?

Anybody who has an Amazon Prime membership can host a watch party.

How do I start a Watch Party?

Click on the Watch Party icon on your screen for movies. You'll find it in the episode list for TV shows. Choose the name you'd like to use while chatting and create your Watch Party!

How do I share my Watch Party with friends?

Share your Watch Party link with up to 100 people. Your friends can join by clicking on their link. Start watching and chatting! Once everyone is ready, start your Watch Party. The host can play, pause, skip, and seek for the group. The whole party can chat during the event to share in the experience.

Can I use a mobile phone, tablet, or my Fire TV to join Watch Party?

Watch Parties are available on desktop browsers, except Apple's Safari. Other devices such as Fire TV, smart TVs, game consoles, connected media players, mobile phones, and tablets are currently not supported. 

Can I use Prime Video Watch Parties from outside the United States?

You must be a U.S. Prime subscriber and located in the United States in order to host or participate in a Prime Video Watch Party.

Who can access Prime Video Watch Party?

Amazon Prime members based in the U.S are eligible to access a Watch Party via desktop. Anyone can join a Watch Party as long as they have a valid invite link and an active Prime membership to access eligible titles included with their Prime Membership.

Where can I learn more about Watch Party?

Find more information at https://www.amazon.com/adlp/watchparty.

WATCH & WRITE:
Write Letters to Get Out the Vote

Members of our staff are hosting virtual letter-writing parties – and you can, too! Take your watch party to the next level and host a virtual Watch & Write Party. Encourage your guests to join you in a get-out-the-vote letter-writing campaign as a pre- or post-Constitution virtual activity. Share a video call (sign up for a free Zoom account to plan 40-minute group meetings), listen to music, or chat while you write letters encouraging voters to make their voices heard.

There are many organizations coordinating these efforts – here’s one to get you started:

  • Vote Forward: Encourage your guests to individually sign up to write letters with Vote Forward a few days in advance of your party (Vote Forward asks for time to review and approve all applicants). Once approved, you will be able to “adopt” voters to write letters to. You will need access to a printer, paper, blue pen, #10 envelopes, and stamps. Vote Forward has letter templates, example messages, and more to get you started. They even have tips for letter-writing party hosts!

SNACK BREAK

Any good party has a snack table. Share some Constitution-inspired snack ideas with your guests in advance so you can show off your plates while you watch the show.

  • Heidi Schreck is from Wenatchee, Washington, “Apple Capital of the World.” Find some apple appetizer recipes you and your guests can make at Taste of Home. (Fall is also the perfect season to indulge in some apple treats!)
  • Constitution includes multiple mentions of the late, great, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Make your own versions of her favorite eats at home, or support local restaurants by picking up some of her go-to orders. Find local small businesses near you to order from with Intentionalist.

CHEERS TO CIVIC DUTY

Watch & Write & Wine Party, anyone? Check out a few Constitution-inspired cocktail recipes you and your guests can raise a glass to.

Plus...

GAME ON

Add a game night component to your watch party!

U.S. Constitution Trivia

Test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution with some trivia.

  • Warm up with an online Constitution quiz you can take solo
  • Be a trivia host for your guests!
    • Ask each of your guests to have a white board or paper and pen at the ready.
    • Read the questions from Constitution Facts’ PDF quizzes to the group. Have a timer handy and give everyone 30 seconds to write down their answer.
    • Once time is up, ask everyone to raise their answer up to their camera. Share the correct answer(s), keep track of correct responses per person/team, and announce the winner(s) of the most correct answers at the end!
    • Constitution Facts provides both starter and expert quizzes, as well as both short answer sheets and detailed answer sheets, which include additional historical context to go along with each response.

U.S. Constitution Word Search

Find the hidden words and learn more about the Constitution.


U.S. Constitution Crosswords

Quiz yourself and your guests with a Constitution crossword puzzle.

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Pictured: Heidi Schreck in What the Constitution Means to Me on Broadway. Graphic by Amazon Studios.