Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT April 14, 2021
Online via Zoom
Award-winning writer and performer Heidi Schreck’s critically acclaimed play What the Constitution Means to Me thrilled audiences in sold out, extended runs on Broadway and elsewhere. How did she shape constitutional debates and personal history into Broadway material? Join us for a conversation on crafting stories for the stage with Schreck and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (Indecent, How I Learned to Drive).
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Heidi Schreck is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. Her critically acclaimed, award-winning play What the Constitution Means to Me played an extended, sold-out run on Broadway in 2019, and was nominated for two Tony Awards. It had subsequent sold-out runs at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as well as at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and will continue its national tour when safe to do so. A filmed version of What the Constitution Means to Me, starring Schreck, premiered this past October exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, and was nominated for a Critics Choice Award, a PGA Award, and a DGA Award. What the Constitution Means to Me was named Best of the Year by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, TIME, Hollywood Reporter, New Yorker, and other periodicals. NPR named the play one of the “50 Great Pop Culture Moments” of 2019. Schreck’s other plays Grand Concourse, Creature, and There Are No More Big Secrets have been produced all over the country. She has worked as a stage actor in NYC for almost twenty years. Her screenwriting credits include I Love Dick, Billions, Nurse Jackie. She has shows in development with Amazon Studios, Big Beach, Imagine Television, and A24. As both an actor and writer she is the recipient of three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and a Theatre World Award; as well as the Horton Foote Playwriting Award, and the Hull-Warriner Award from the Dramatists Guild. She was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” in 2019 and was featured on Variety’s 2019 Broadway Impact List. Schreck was awarded Smithsonian magazine’s 2019 American Ingenuity Award for her work in the Performing Arts.
Paula Vogel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose plays include Indecent (Tony Award nomination for Best Play), How I Learned to Drive (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot’n’Throbbing, Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession, and A Civil War Christmas. She has held a distinguished career as a teacher and mentor to young playwrights, first at Brown University and then at the Yale School of Drama. She is currently working on several new projects including Bard at the Gate, a new online reading series which she founded in June 2020. Honors include induction into the American Theatre Hall of Fame, the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. She is honored to have three awards dedicated to emerging playwrights in her name: The American College Theatre Festival’s Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award given annually by the Vineyard Theatre, and the Paula Vogel Mentors Project by Philadelphia Young Playwrights. She was the 2018-19 inaugural UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Hearst Theater Lab Initiative Distinguished Playwright-in-Residence. She is currently serving as judge for the Yale Drama Series 2021 and 2022 competitions. Her plays are published in six volumes by TCG Books and she teaches playwriting workshops throughout the United States and abroad.
What the Constitution Means to Me
By Heidi Schreck
Published by Theatre Communications Group
When she was fifteen years old, Heidi Schreck earned money for her college tuition by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution. Decades later, she traces the effect this document has had on four generations of women in her family. Deftly examining how the United States’ founding principles are inextricably linked with our personal lives, Schreck also explores the ways in which their misuse has engendered violence and inherited trauma. With passion and wit, this galvanizing new play acknowledges the ways in which our Constitution has failed us while simultaneously offering hope that we may yet steer ourselves toward a better future.
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Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, leads for a just and thriving theatre ecology. Since its founding in 1961, TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to over 700 Member Theatres and affiliate organizations and over 7,000 Individual Members. Through its programs and services, TCG reaches over one million students, audience members, and theatre professionals each year. TCG offers networking and knowledge-building opportunities through research, communications, and events, including the annual TCG National Conference, one of the largest nationwide gatherings of theatre people; awards grants and scholarships to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and through the Global Theater Initiative, TCG’s partnership with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute. TCG is North America’s largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature, with 18 Pulitzer Prizes for Drama on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. TCG believes its vision of “a better world for theatre, and a better world because of theatre” can be achieved through individual and collective action, adaptive and responsive leadership, and equitable representation in all areas of practice. TCG is led by executive director and CEO Teresa Eyring and deputy director and COO Adrian Budhu.
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