What the Constitution Means to Me

What the Constitution Means to Me

Regional Premiere

By Heidi Schreck

Fifteen year old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions at American Legion posts across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the document’s profound impact on women’s bodies—starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died under mysterious circumstances. This witty and searingly personal exploration breathes new life into our founding document and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women. Shannon Emerick will play Heidi.

Schreck’s timely and galvanizing play became a sensation off-Broadway before transferring to Broadway where it received two Tony Award nominations among countless other accolades, including Finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.

Content warning: We want to be sensitive to our audience members. Please note that What the Constitution Means to Me contains strong language and discussions of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and abortion and its stigmatization. If you have questions regarding this content warning, please click here to email the theater.


Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005


September 16 – October 15, 2023
Previews: September 10, 14 & 15, 2023

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: $39 – $59

Open Captioning

September 17 at 3:00pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance


Seating Charts
Learn more about available discounts here.

Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Children under the age of 9 are not allowed in the theater.

Join us Sunday, October 1 following the matinee for a discussion with Maisha Colter, MSW, JD, Chief Executive Officer of AVDA. Even if you are seeing the play on another day, you are welcome to join us. Just plan to arrive at the theater about 5:00pm.

AVDA is a nonprofit organization that has served the Houston community for 40 years with the mission to end family violence by advocating for the safety and self-determination of victims, promoting accountability for abusers and fostering a community response to abuse. AVDA is dedicated to providing multilingual, transformational, life saving services to survivors of abuse and their families.

Join us Sunday, October 8 following the matinee for a discussion with consultant Tracie Jae, Lead Rebel of The Quiet Rebel. Her discussion will focus on a unique approach to the Constitution, exploring the founding document as a strategic plan created for our country in 1787. Even if you are seeing the play on another day, you are welcome to join us. Just plan to arrive at the theater about 5:00pm.

Jae’s work in the world is creating incremental and organic shifts to the status quo. Grace-filled and authentic conversations are essential to fostering greater understanding, building trust and peaceful coexistence. The expertise of her proprietary approach is based on evidence-based practices in clinical and cognitive psychology, communications research, and focusing on what makes us fully human, at both our best and worst.

Free Beer Fridays, sponsored by Saint Arnold’s! Have a beer on us after the show!

Thursday, October 5 at 6:45pm: Join us for Pride Night on Thurs, Oct. 5 at 6:45pm before the 7:30pm performance of WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME! Pre-show happy hour & special entertainment + post-show Karaoke Cabaret with fabulous actors Brock Hatton, Scott Lupton, and Chaney Moore!

Special thanks to our media sponsor OutSmart Magazine.

Production Angels

Jane Evans and Jack Blaylock

Production Partners

Jan-Claire Phillips and Jerome Kendall
Gwen E. Richard, Attorney at Law
Patricia VanAllan
The Women of Houston’s Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates

Additional Supporters

Mr. Robin C. Gibbs
Toombs Imel & Associates, PLLC – Divorce & Family Law
Mr. Herrick Sovany
Ms. Myra Wilson

Season Sponsor

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