11:01am PT by Rick Porter
'What the Constitution Means to Me' Gets Filmed Treatment at Amazon
A filmed version of Heidi Schreck's award-winning play What the Constitution Means to Me is headed to Amazon.
The streamer will debut the play, in which Schreck traces the relationship between four generations of women and the country's founding document, on Oct. 16. Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) directed the filmed performance, captured during the final week of its Broadway run.
Schreck has also signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios to create content for the tech behemoth's Prime Video platform.
"I'm delighted with how beautifully Mari Heller has translated Constitution to the screen and I’m thankful to Big Beach and Amazon Studios for making it possible to share the show with more people — especially right now when we can't gather together in theaters," said Schreck. "In light of the moment we are living through, I am donating part of my proceeds from this film to the Broadway Cares COVID Relief Fund and to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Voting Rights 2020 initiative."
As a teenager, Schreck earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In What the Constitution Means to Me, Heidi resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives. The play was 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 the show's Broadway run.
"Heidi Schreck is one of today’s most relevant and original voices, and What the Constitution Means to Me delivers a point of view that is equal parts hilarious, heartbreaking and hopeful," said Albert Cheng, COO and co-head of television at Amazon Studios. "We are proud to bring the award-winning Broadway show to the screen for Prime Video and we know that Schreck's next projects will embody the same intelligence and humanity."
Schreck, Marielle Heller, Robin Schwartz, Kyle Laursen, Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub executive produce What the Constitution Means to Me. Big Beach and Heller's newly launched Defiant by Nature produce. Diana DiMenna, Aaron Glick, and Matt Ross, who produced the Broadway show, also serve as producers of the filmed version.
What the Constitution Means to Me follows in the footsteps of the filmed version of Hamilton, which Disney+ released in July and drove a host of new subscribers to that service.