What the Constitution Means to Me

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Fifteen-year-old Heidi put herself through college by winning Constitutional debates across the country. Now, the Obie Award-winning playwright resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the document’s profound impact on the lives of four generations of women. Called “The best and most important new play of the season” by The New York Times, What the Constitution Means to Me breathes new life into our country’s founding document.

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What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck plays December 7, 2022-February 26, 2023 in FST's Keating Theatre.

Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission 

Please be advised: This play contains references to topics surrounding violence against women. Viewer discretion is advised. 

Post-show discussions will be held following these performances of What the Constitution Means to Me and will be moderated by Judge Charles E. Williams:

Thursday, January 26, 2023
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023

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Director  |  Kate Alexander
Scenic Design | Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Design  |  Mari Taylor Floyd
Lighting Design  |  Ethan Vail
Sound Design | Thom Korp
Stage Manager | James Anthony*
Stage Management Intern  |  Passion Shaffer


Amy Bodnar* | Heidi
Kevin Loreque* | Legionnaire/Mike
Deysha Nelson | Debater
Marissa Gast | Debater

AMY BODNAR* (Heidi) is thrilled to be making her FST debut. She has starred on Broadway, off Broadway, in national and Canadian tours and in numerous regional theaters doing both plays and musicals. Recent theater credits include the world premiere of Freedom Rider at Alabama Shakespeare and Crossroads Theater, and The Streets of New York (Irish Repertory Theater). Recent television: Harlem (now streaming on Amazon) and the soon-to-be-released pilot Great Kills. She has won a Broadway World Award for best actress in Comedy of Tenors at Actors Theater of Indiana, best newcomer award at Oregon Cabaret Theater, and been nominated for a Barrymore Award in Philadelphia.

MARISSA GAST (Debater) is excited to join the cast of What the Constitution Means to Me. She moved here from NH to join FST for the 2022-2023 season as an Acting Apprentice. This fall, she was seen hanging from the aerial silks and flying on the Spanish web in FST’s Charlotte’s Web (Charlotte). Other credits include The Lightning Thief (Sally Jackson/Silena Beauregard), Dicken’s A Christmas Carol (Belle/Fred’s Wife), Momotaro: Peach Boy Hero (Momotaro), Twelfth Night (Feste), and The Odyssey (Hermes/Dance Captain).

KEVIN LOREQUE* (Legionnaire/Mike) was most recently seen on TV in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Godfather of Harlem, and Pose. He’s a lead in the feature film, Small Time, on Amazon and Apple TV. Other television: The Blacklist, Daredevil, Elementary, and Boardwalk Empire. Theatre: I Am My Own Wife international tour (Africa, UK, USA), Broadway tours of Cats (Rum Tum Tugger), and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Papa Who). Regional theatre leads in The Elephant Man, Cabaret, Sleuth, Greater Tuna, Romeo and Juliet, and A Man of No Importance. Kevin is thrilled to be back at FST, where he played Patsy in Spamalot.

DEYSHA NELSON (Debater) is known for her roles as Mya in the Netflix film Holiday Rush and Hanna on the CBS TV show God Friended Me. She played Hedvig in the award-winning stage play, The Wild Duck, which gained rave reviews from the top Broadway critics. In early 2017 Deysha graced the stage here at Florida Studio Theatre as Devine in the tear-jerking play, Brownsville Song. Deysha has plenty of voiceover credits as well, one of her top projects was the voice of Kangaruthie in the Nickelodeon/Noggin show Top Cop.

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December 4, 2022  I  Sarasota Herald Tribune  I  Florida Studio Theatre play gets personal about the U.S. Constitution

November 11, 2022  I  BroadwayWorld  I  FST Presents Florida Premiere of What the Constitution Means to Me


The Observer
"Brings electricity"
"A wild ride"
"Delivers the laughs"
"High voltage"
"A crowd pleaser"
"Profoundly moved"
"A fun show"

Sarasota Events
"Hot, new, humorous, and thought-provoking play"
"Spirited, intelligent, and quite humorous"
"A showstopper"
"Of all the events I have attended in Sarasota this season, this play ranks #1 to date."

Sarasota Magazine
"Believable, entertaining, and thought-provoking, all in one"
"Frequently fascinating, sometimes dramatic, but also very often funny"
"Keeps us absolutely engaged"
"Should leave viewers both thinking and entertaining every time"

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Lively, Engaging, and Often Riveting."
"Highly Personal"
"Entertains and Makes You Think"
"Thought Provoking"

Total Theater

Venice Gondolier Sun
"Educates as much as it entertains"




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The Man of Many Hats: Meet Kevin Loreque for What the Constitution Means to Me


"We the People" Gets Personal

Humor, Heart, and the US Constitution


Playwright and actress Heidi Schreck talked to MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan about what The Constitution means to her in 2022. | CLICK HERE

Did you know that the word “Pennsylvania” is spelled incorrectly above the signers’ name? Learn more interesting facts about The U.S. Constitution. | LEARN MORE

The Constitution Center sees itself as “America’s town hall” and brings thought leaders together to debate the Constitution. Through in-person programs, an active blog, and a podcast, The Constitution Center works to highlight the constitutional issues that impacts the lives of every American. | LEARN MORE

What the Constitution Means to Me takes a fresh look at America’s founding document, exploring what The Constitution says, who the document serves, and who falls through the cracks. PBS NewsHour talked to playwright Heidi Schreck about how her own life relates to The Constitution. | WATCH NOW

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