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Casting News: Tony Award nominee Maria Dizzia to star in “What the Constitution Means to Me”

Maria Dizzia (photo by Tess Mayer)

Tony Award nominee Maria Dizzia will star in the first two stops of 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. 

Dizzia will perform the lead role in Center Theatre Group’s Los Angeles engagement at the Mark Taper Forum (January 12 through February 16, 2020) and in Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse (March 4 through April 12, 2020). Additional cities and new casting for the remainder of the tour will be announced this winter.

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 both Los Angeles and Chicago. Additional casting to be announced.

“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.”

“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.”

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.

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.

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