MARIA DIZZIA Will Star In Chicago Engagement of WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME

Maria Dizzia photographed by Tess Meyer

Tony Award nominee Maria Dizzia will star in the Chicago engagement on the National Tour of Heidi Schreck’s Tony Award nominated play and Pulitzer Prize finalist What the Constitution Means to Me, directed by Oliver Butler. What the Constitution Means to Me will play Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut) for a limited engagement March 4 through April 12, 2020.Dizzia (In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), “Orange is the New Black”) will be joined for these engagements by original Broadway cast members Mike Iveson and Rosdely Ciprian, who will reprise their roles in the Chicago engagement.

“I have loved and admired Maria for many years and I consider it a huge gift to have an actor of her tremendous talent giving new life to this play,” said Heidi Schreck. “I’m thrilled to be bringing Constitution to audiences across the country with this brilliant and generous artist at the helm.”

“I learned so much as a woman and a citizen from Constitution and am so excited to be a part of it,” said Maria Dizzia. “I can’t wait to work with Heidi.”

Playwright Heidi Schreck’s boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women. 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 dictated their rights and citizenship.

Schreck’s timely and galvanizing play, directed by Oliver Butler, became a sensation off-Broadway last fall before transferring to Broadway where it received two Tony Award® nominations among countless other accolades. See the play The New York Times hails as “not just the best play on Broadway, but also the most important.”

Initially announced for a 12-week engagement on Broadway, What the Constitution Means to Me was extended twice and fully recouped in its Broadway engagement, shattering box office records at the Helen Hayes Theater (240 W 44th Street, New York, NY), for a total run of 24 weeks. What the Constitution Means to Me officially opened March 31, 2019 after beginning preview performances March 14, and played its final Broadway performance on August 24, 2019.

What the Constitution Means to Me recently concluded a record-breaking limited engagement run at the Eisenhower Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where it played 15 performances immediately following the conclusion of the Broadway run, from September 11 through September 22, 2019.

What the Constitution Means to Me features scenic design by Rachel Hauck (Hadestown), costume design by Michael Krass (Hadestown), lighting design by Jen Schriever (Eclipsed), and sound design by Sinan Refik Zafar (Hamlet).

What the Constitution Means to Me was commissioned by True Love Productions. This production originated as part of Summerworks 2017, produced by Clubbed Thumb in partnership with True Love Productions.

The national tour of What the Constitution Means to Me is produced by Diana DiMennaAaron GlickMatt Ross, and Level Forward & Eva Price.

Additional praise for WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME

“A brilliantly crafted show, harrowing and funny and humane, that accesses the political through the deeply personal.”

–SARA HOLDREN, NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“It’s more than an unmitigated success. It’s a sensation.”

– CASEY MINK, BACKSTAGE

“Politically urgent and cathartically necessary.”

-CHARLES MCNULTY, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Few new works are as instantly, trenchantly timely as this. Unique, funny, stimulating and exquisitely heartfelt.”

-DAVID ROONEY, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“It would be hard to identify a work for the theater with its finger more cogently and rewardingly on the pulse of America right now than this.”

-PETER MARKS, THE WASHINGTON POST

“It’s not just the best play to open on Broadway so far this season, but also the most important.”

-JESSE GREEN, THE NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC’S PICK

“A wildfire every citizen must see! Heidi Schreck’s play has tears on its cheeks and the torch of liberty in its fist.”

-HELEN SHAW, TIME OUT NEW YORK

“It should play in every city in America.”

– MICHAEL SCHULMAN, THE NEW YORKER

“In this dire moment of cultural fragmentation, What the Constitution Means to Me is offering an oasis of connection, a place where humanity and learning are being celebrated and protected.”

-HOWARD FISHMAN, THE NEW YORKER

“What the Constitution Means to Me is redefining what political theatre can be: something that is not polemic or didactic, but personal and urgent.”

-DIEP TRAN, AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE 

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MARIA DIZZIA’s New York theatre credits include If I Forget, The Layover, Belleville (2013 Drama Desk Nomination), Uncle Vanya, Cradle and All, In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), (2010 Tony Award nomination); The Hallway Trilogy, and more. Maria portrayed Polly on three seasons of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Other film and television credits include: The Deuce, Bull, Red Oaks, While We’re Young, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married, Horace and Pete, Royal Pains, The Newsroom, The Good Wife, Master of None, Louie, Fringe, and Law & Order. Upcoming, she will be seen in the new HBO series, The Undoing and the independent feature, I Was in Your Blood. Recently she made her directorial debut with the Amios theatre company in their production of The Loneliest Number. She can currently be seen in 13 Reasons Why streaming on Netflix and throughout the first season on Emergence on ABC. Maria received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

HEIDI SCHRECK is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. What the Constitution Means to Me was recently named a Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Obie Award and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play. Schreck also received two Tony Award nominations for What the Constitution Means to Me 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. Her play Grand Concourse, which debuted at Playwrights Horizons and Steppenwolf Theatres in 2014–2015, won the Stacey Mindich Lilly Award in 2015 and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Screenwriting credits include I Love Dick, Billions, and Nurse Jackie. Schreck has also taught playwriting and screenwriting at NYU, Columbia, Kenyon College, and Primary Stages. She is the recipient of three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and a Theatre World Award. She is the recipient of the Horton Foote Playwriting Award and the Hull-Warriner Award from the Dramatists Guild.