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What the Constitution Means to Me

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Jan 12 – Feb 28, 2020

Mark Taper Forum

What the Constitution Means to Me

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Let me preface this review with a strong plea to every man, woman and mature teenager in the Los Angeles area to see this play. At a time when the Constitution is being assailed by those who have sworn an oath to defend it, this buoyant and often-stirring civics lesson is the theatrical curriculum Americans desperately need now.

Maria Dizzia brings to life the maddening, mournful history of how women’s bodies have been abused by laws and the male-dominated courts imperiously interpreting them. If the show sounds like it might have a medicinal aftertaste, rest assured that it is playful, often amusing and at times piercing in its pathos.

Direct from Broadway, the 2019 Tony®-nominated Best Play and Pulitzer Prize finalist, What the Constitution Means to Me, by famed writer Heidi Schreck, arrives at the Taper for a strictly limited engagement.

This boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will affect the next generation of Americans. The tour stars Tony-nominated actress Maria Dizzia (Orange is the New Black) and features original Broadway cast members Mike Iveson and Rosdely Ciprian. with Jocelyn Shek.

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 shaped their lives.

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.”

One of the most exciting things I've ever seen....I left feeling more hope about the survival of democracy.


Following the performance of What the Constitution Means to Me on Thursday, February 27, join us for a panel discussion with Los Angeles magazine Editor-in-Chief Maer Roshan and guests to discuss what the constitution means to all of us.


We are offering a limited number of $15 student rush tickets for every performance. Tickets may be reserved beginning at 10am the day prior, while supplies last, and must be picked up at the Box Office with valid student ID.

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Center Theatre Group welcomes U.S. military personnel, veterans, spouses, and children.

Center Theatre Group is very proud to participate in the Blue Star Theatre Program. This collaboration between Theatre Communications Group and Blue Star Families, with leadership support from the MetLife Foundation, has created a program to offer active, retired and veteran U.S. military personnel and their families opportunities to experience theatre at special prices.

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On sale: Oct 15, 2019

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On sale: Oct 23, 2019

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On sale: Oct 30, 2019

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American Express® Card Member Performance

Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 at 6:30pm

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Stage Talks

Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 16 Matinee

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Community Conversations

Center Theatre Group hosts Community Conversations, pre-show, moderated discussions with a panel of renowned experts, community opinion-makers, and cultural thought-leaders in dialogue about the context, issues, and ideas finding voice on our stages.

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