Tony Award Nominee, Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Playwright Heidi Schreck's boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans. In this hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human new play, actor Cassie Beck resurrects Schreck's teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.
Show ProgramShow Program
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Play GuidePlay Guide
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Sensory GuideSensory Guide
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Pre-Show PlaylistOpen Playlist
The official pre-show playlist, created by Sound Designer Sinan Refik Zafar.
“The topic is the future of our country” — King 5Watch Video
Watch playwright Heidi Schreck discuss the origins of What the Constitution Means to Me on King 5 Evening.
Heidi in The Seattle TimesRead More
"[The play is] kind of like a prism: What stands out most to them sort of changes night-to-night based on whatever’s happening.”
Read more from Heidi Schreck in The Seattle Times about her start in Seattle, journey to Broadway, and beyond.
EVENT: Reconstruction Amendments with AJ MuseweMore
Post-show event, Oct. 21 at approximately 9 p.m.: Join scholar and community educator AJ Musewe in a special post-show talk about the Reconstruction Amendments through a Black perspective.
EVENT: Talk with Attorney General Bob FergusonMore
Oct. 15 at approx. 9 p.m.: Hear from Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson after this performance for a special talk and Q&A. Bob will share his reflections on the play and what the Constitution means to him.
EVENT: Abortion Rights and Healthcare PanelMore
Post-Show Panel Discussion, Oct. 4 at approximately 9 p.m.: Powerhouse abortion rights advocates will explore the themes of What the Constitution Means to Me and the role of storytelling in activism.
$5 Tickets for Teens
Teens ages 13-19 can get $5 tickets for our productions as a member of TeenTix. Call our Patron Services Office at 206.443.2222 to reserve your ticket. Plus, on Friday nights and Teen Nights, TeenTix pass holders can bring a guest of any age for an additional $5 ($10 for 2 tickets!).
Meet the Artists
Heidi Schreck is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. She started her theater career in Seattle in the 1990s at Printer's Devil Theater, founded by Paul Willis and her now-husband Kip Fagan, and she is excited to be returning to the city after so many years. Heidi's play What the Constitution Means to Me was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Obie Award and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play in 2019. She also received two Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, and received the 2019 Benjamin Hadley Danks Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. A filmed version of What the Constitution Means to Me, starring Schreck, premiered in 2020 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, and was nominated for a Critics Choice Award, a PGA Award, and a DGA Award. Her other work includes Grand Concourse, which debuted at Playwrights Horizons and Steppenwolf Theatres in 2014/15 and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and her first play Backwards into China, produced by Printer's Devil at the Theater Off Jackson in 1997. Screenwriting credits include “I Love Dick,” “Billions,” “Nurse Jackie," "Dispatches from Elsewhere," and projects in development with Plan B, Amazon, and Imagine Television. Heidi has also taught playwriting and screenwriting at NYU, Columbia, and Kenyon College and is the recipient of three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk, the Horton Foote Playwriting Award, and a Theatre World Award.
Oliver Butler (he/him) is a theater director based in Queens, NY. He directed the Broadway premiere of Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me (Best Play Tony Award Nomination, Obie Award Winner, Lucille Lortel Award Nomination, Drama League Award Nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination, Drama Desk Award Nomination, and Finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama). Other recent credits include: the NYC premiere of Will Eno’s GNIT at Theatre for a New Audience; the world premiere of Will Eno’s The Plot at Yale Repertory Theatre; the world premiere of Jordan Harrison’s The Amateurs at The Vineyard; the West Coast Premiere of Will Eno's Thom Pain (based on nothing) starring Rainn Wilson at The Geffen Playhouse; and the triumphant return of Thom Pain (based on nothing) to New York starring Michael C. Hall at Signature Theatre Company. Additional career highlights include: Itamar Moses’s The Whistleblower at Denver Center, Christopher Shinn's An Opening in Time at Hartford Stage, Daniel Goldfarb's Legacy at Williamstown Theatre Festival, the world premiere of Timeshare by Lally Katz at The Malthouse in Melbourne, and the world premiere of Will Eno’s The Open House (OBIE Award for Direction; Lortel Award, Best Play) at the Signature Theatre Company. He is a co-founder and co-artistic director of The Debate Society with whom he has directed 10 premieres in 15 years including The Light Years (Playwrights Horizons), Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), and Blood Play (Bushwick Starr). He is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a Bill Foeller Fellow (Williamstown).
Photo by Jenny Anderson
Broadway: What the Constitution Means to Me, Hadestown (Tony Award, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations), John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons. Recent work: The Wrong Man (MCC); Hadestown (National Theatre, London, New York Theatre Workshop); Hurricane Diane (New York Theatre Workshop); Othello, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park); The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova); you’ll still call me by name (Sonya Tayeh/Jacob’s Pillow); Tiny Beautiful Things, Dry Powder (The Public Theater); Amy and the Orphans, On the Exhale (Roundabout Theatre Company); Parallelogram (Second Stage); Fucking A, Night Is a Room, Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre Company); Animal, Harper Regan, Bluebird (Atlantic Theater Company); Antlia Pneumatica, Grand Concourse (Playwrights Horizons). Princess Grace and Lilly Awards, Drama Desk and Lortel nominations, Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.
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Broadway: Tony nominations for Hadestown, Noises Off, Machinal, and The Constant Wife, plus Charlie Brown, Twelve Angry Men, Heisenberg, and new plays by Joe DiPietro, Stephen Belber, Nicky Silver, and Elaine May. Off-Broadway work includes premieres by Edward Albee, Christopher Durang, John Guare, Theresa Rebeck, Sarah Treem, John Kander/Greg Pierce, Will Eno, Lauren Yee, Lisa Loomer, Donald Margulies, and many more. He teaches in the graduate program at Brown University.
She/her. Broadway: Lackawanna Blues, Grand Horizons, The Lifespan of a Fact, Eclipsed, Ghetto Klown. Recent Off-Broadway: Power Strip (LCT 3); A Strange Loop (Playwrights Horizons); Superhero (Second Stage Theater); What the Constitution Means to Me (New York Theatre Workshop); Thom Pain, Night is a Room (Signature); Collective Rage, School Girls… (MCC Theater); Usual Girls, Bobbie Clearly, On the Exhale (Roundabout); Dan Cody’s Yacht, In the Body of the World (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Amateurs (Vineyard); Strange Interlude (Transport Group); The Moors (Playwrights Realm); Eclipsed, ToasT, A Second Chance (The Public Theater). Tour: An Officer and a Gentleman and Blue Man Group national. Opera: Die Fledermaus, Pearl Fishers (Metropolitan); Faust, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Traviata (Mariinsky, Russia). Adjunct Professor: Purchase College. Mom: Henry. jenschriever.com
Sinan Refik Zafar
Sinan Refik Zafar is a New York-based sound designer and composer. Broadway: What the Constitution Means to Me. Off-Broadway: Noura (Guthrie Theater), Seared (MCC), The Vagrant Trilogy (The Public Theater), Novenas for a Lost Hospital (Rattlestick), What the Constitution Means to Me (New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Rep, Clubbed Thumb), What to Send Up When It Goes Down (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, A.R.T.), And She Would Stand Like This (The Movement Theatre Company), Hamlet (Waterwell), Intelligence (Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop), Richard in 49 Poses (Clubbed Thumb). Regional: A Human Being, of a Sort (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Niceties (Geva Theatre Center); The Language Archive (Theatreworks Silicon Valley); Jump (PlayMakers Rep); peerless (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Wolves, Detroit, Intimate Apparel (TheatreSquared); We are Proud to Present… (Yale Dramatic Association); Midsummer (Tiltyard); Macbeth (dir. Will Frears). Wingspace. M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama. sinanzafar.com
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Broadway: Grand Horizons; What the Constitution Means to Me (also New York Theatre Workshop, Clubbed Thumb); Hillary and Clinton; A Doll’s House, Part 2. Off-Broadway: The Thin Place (Playwrights Horizons), Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie (Ars Nova), Miles for Mary (Playwrights, Bushwick Starr). New York: The Essential Straight & Narrow (New Ohio), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (New Ohio, The Brick). Regional: Shipwreck (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), Human Error (Denver Center), Humana Festival premieres of Where the Mountain Meets the Sea, The Christians, The Hour of Feeling, O Guru Guru Guru, Sleep Rock Thy Brain, Death Tax, and Under Construction.
She/her. Pandiani is a Latine director/choreographer. Recent: Blood Wedding (Yale). Upcoming: Our Town (Dallas Theatre Center), Torera (Long Wharf). Tatiana has directed and developed new work at the Park Theatre (London), Cleveland Playhouse, New York Theatre Workshop, IATI, Primary Stages, Signature. As a choreographer, Tatiana collaborates with Latine artists in concerts and music videos. Tatiana is the New Works Director at Miami New Drama and a professor at Hofstra University and the Atlantic Acting School. Member of SDC. M.F.A.: Columbia. Reps: Paradigm. tatianapandiani.com
Jamie J. Kranz
Stage Manager (Sept. 30 - Oct. 9)
Jamie J. Kranz (she/her)’s recent credits include Teenage Dick at Seattle Rep; The Skin of Our Teeth, Flyin’ West, and Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains at Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre. Other regional theater credits Watch on the Rhine, Frankenstein-Playing with Fire, As You Like It, Steel Magnolias (Guthrie Theater); Treasure Island, As You Like It, Antony & Cleopatra, Hamlet (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Seedfolks, Pinocchio, 20,00 Leagues Under the Sea (Children’s Theatre Company); and 35+ productions with Park Square Theatre including The Rocky Horror Show, The Color Purple, Flower Drum Song, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Raisin in the Sun, Murder for Two, Cyrano, and Ragtime. M.F.A. Columbia University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and The Stage Manager’s Association.
Stage Manager (Oct. 12 - 23)
Bret Torbeck is honored to be able to work on What the Constitution Means to Me and to return to Seattle Rep. Work at Seattle Rep has included Nixon’s Nixon (ironically enough), The Time of Your Life, Proof, and Topdog/Underdog. Most recently, he has been working at ACT and Seattle Opera. He is an associate professor of stage management at Cornish College of the Arts and a board member of Seattle Public Theater. Thank you for taking part in the debate.
Assistant Stage Manager
Rachael (she/her) is glad to be back at Seattle Rep this season. Most recently she was here at Seattle Rep working as an Assistant Stage Manager on Bruce. Rachael is a proud Seattle Rep intern from the 2009/10 season. Some Seattle Rep favorites include Indecent, Well, Last of the Boys, Luna Gale, Equivocation, Glengarry Glen Ross, An Iliad, and Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. Much love to her family, Kelly and Frobie.
Gin Hammond (she/her) is a Harvard University/Moscow Art Theatre grad and a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework™. Hammond teaches voice in many forms and can be heard on commercials, audiobooks, radio plays, and a variety of video games including BattleTech, DotA 2, State of Decay 1 & 2, Aion, and Halo 3 ODST and is the voice director and dialect coach for the video game, Post-Human W.A.R. Hammond has also been a dialect and vocal coach for ACT Theater, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Rep, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Taproot, Seattle Children's Theatre, Village Theatre, and films, and is the co-founder of the MFA: Meditations for Actors™ mobile app.
Taylor Williams, CSA
Broadway: What the Constitution Means to Me (New York Theatre Workshop, Barrow Street, Broadway) and Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play (New York Theatre Workshop, Broadway). Taylor is the Resident Casting Director at New York Theatre Workshop and Page 73 Productions. She has cast various productions in NYC and around the country. Notable productions include Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma! (Fisher Center at Bard), Aleshea Harris’ Is God Is (Soho Rep), Amy Herzog’s Mary Jane (New York Theatre Workshop), Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place (Humana Festival, ATL). Upcoming: Martyna Majok’s Sanctuary City (New York Theatre Workshop), Sam Gold’s Three Sisters (New York Theatre Workshop), Whitney White’s The Amen Corner (Shakespeare Theatre, DC).
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Bethany Weinstein Stewert
She/her. Recent: What the Constitution Means to Me (Broadway and National Tour), Titanique, The King’s Speech, Torch Song, Lobby Hero, and Straight White Men. Bethany has production managed at Aurora Productions, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, Second Stage Theater, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She is the founder of Stewert Productions, LLC and is an adjunct professor.
MEP is a producing, developing, and management company founded by Avram Freedberg, Mary Beth Dale, and Eva Price, and is joined by Managing Director/General Manager Carl Flanigan. Select credits: Jitney (national tour), The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical, Small Mouth Sounds, The Lion, 50 Shades! The Musical, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!, Colin Quinn Long Story Short directed by Jerry Seinfeld. maximumcompany.com
Amy (she/her) is happy to be back at Seattle Rep after previously working on A Raisin in the Sun, Well, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and multiple Public Works productions. Other credits include Mrs. Doubtfire, Annie, Ragtime (The 5th Avenue Theatre); The Elixir of Love, Carmen, AIDA (Seattle Opera); Black Beauty, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Seattle Children's Theatre); among others at ACT Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre, and Youth Theatre Northwest. Amy also works in Stage Management and as a Teaching Artist, specializing in Creative Drama. Love and gratitude to the whole Constitution team!
Cassie Beck is thrilled to make her Seattle Rep debut after playing 13 cities for over 6 months on tour! Broadway credits include the revival of The Rose Tattoo, original cast member of The Humans (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, LA/London), Picnic, and The Norman Conquests. Off-Broadway she’s developed, created, and premiered various roles at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Ars Nova, Classic Stage Company, WP Theater, and others. She’s done the same regionally, including at The Ahmanson, South Coast Rep, The Huntington, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville – Humana Festival, Long Wharf Theatre (a world premiere by Heidi Schreck), and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. You may have caught her as Courtney Thacker on the recent reboot of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” for Amazon Prime. During the pandemic, she recurred on NBC/Peacock’s original sitcom “Connecting.” Additional TV guest star appearances include “POSE” for FX, HBO’s “High Maintenance,” CBS’s “Elementary,” and “Chicago Med” on NBC, and opposite Mark Wahlberg in the feature film Joe Bell. @cassiebeckster
Gabriel Marin (he/him) is excited to make his Seattle Rep debut. Marin has most recently been seen in how to make an American Son (Arizona Theatre Company) and Off-Broadway in Then They Forgot About The Rest (INTAR), as well as the National Tour of What the Constitution Means to Me. Marin has performed in over 70 productions across the country. Recent screen credits include NBC's “Law and Order: SVU” and season three of HBO's “Succession.” gabriel-marin.com
Leah Scott is a passionate youth advocate dedicated to creating innovative opportunities to uplift and empower youth of underserved communities. She is a transfer at the University of Washington studying political science and law, aspiring to attend law school after her B.A. She specializes in methodically and intentionally balancing critical thought and practical action to achieve systematic reformations regarding prominent social issues. Illustrated through her work in The Seattle Times and the R.A.R.E. Documentary, Leah is a community-rooted activist with a fiery fervor for education, social justice, and equity.
Mara Gonzalez Moral
Mara Gonzalez Moral (she/her) is a Spanish performer and debater who believes that the power of theater and debate alike are their ability to help people step into someone else’s shoes and build empathy as they learn about their struggles and their experiences. She is currently a sophomore at Issaquah High School who since a very early age has been involved in the theater and leadership departments at her school. Past performances at her schools include Jasmine in Aladdin, Chip in Beauty and the Beast, Alyssa in Northview High Will Shelter You (If We Must), and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. Right now, Mara is in Village Theatre’s Institute program where she continues to use theater as a way to become a more empathetic leader and a more realistic and powerful actor.
Recent credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Bring Down The House (upstart crow/Seattle Shakespeare Company); The Events (Intiman Theatre), Frost/Nixon, The Birds, and Memorandum (Strawberry Theatre Workshop); Middletown and A Christmas Carol (ACT Theatre); Titus Andronicus and King John (upstart crow); Frog and Toad, The Hundred Dresses, and Bunnicula (Seattle Children’s Theater); Dancing at Lughnasa (Tantrum Theater-Ohio). Internationally: Centre de Danse (Paris, France) with the Megan Murphy Company. Gregory Award: Outstanding Lead Performance for Richard III. B.F.A., Cornish College of the Arts, Gaety School for Acting (Dublin), and BADA (Oxford). Sarah is also a teaching artist and intimacy director at Cornish College of the Arts. She is thrilled to be working on this incredible show.
MJ has been a member of the Seattle theater community since 2001 after graduating from Cornish College of the Arts. Since then, he’s worked with Seattle Rep (Dry Powder, Outside Mullingar, Glengarry Glen Ross, Photograph 51, Twelfe Night), ACT Theatre (Oslo, The Crucible, Stupid Fucking Bird, Lieutenant of Inishmore), Intiman, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Village Theatre, and was a founding member and artistic associate with New Century Theatre Company directing the West Coast premiere of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize winner The Flick. He’s also been featured in various film and TV projects and just directed the short film Prepared written by his incredible wife and partner Keiko Green. They currently reside in LA with their Bassett Hound, Gus.
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