Season Spotlight: What the Constitution Means to Me

July 29, 2019 / Blog
By Kitty Janvrin

What the Constitution Means to Me, a revolutionary new play that breathes new life into one of our country's most essential documents, comes to Belk Theater June 23-July 5, 2020 as part of PNC Broadway Lights.


  • Winner: 2019 Obie Award for Best New American Play
  • Winner: NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play
  • 2019 Finalist for Pulitzer Prize in Drama
  • Nominated for two 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Play

The Story

When playwright Heidi Schreck was 15 years old, she earned her college tuition by participating in Constitutional debates across the nation. This groundbreaking play reflects her time as a student debater, recalling the influence of our nation's founding document and remarking on its future. Comedic and touching, What the Constitution Means to Me is as much about family and personal journeys as it is about a balanced, inclusive vision for the future of the nation.

The Creative Team

  • Book: Heidi Schreck
  • Direction: Oliver Butler
  • Scenic Design: Rachel Hauck (Hadestown; Latin History for Morons)

"The Best and Most Important New Play of the Season" - The New York Times

Charlotte is among the first cities to present this riveting new play. Here's what critics have said about this utterly timely and engaging piece of theatre.

"Achingly human" -Exeunt Magazine

"A wildfire! Something every citizen must see" -Time Out New York

"It should play every city in America" -The New Yorker

"Joy comes from watching an imaginative new kind of theater emerge." -The New York Times

Tickets for What the Constitution Means to Me are available now with a 2019-20 PNC Broadway Lights season ticket. For more information, visit