The filmed version of “What the Constitution Means to Me” will premiere Oct. 16 on Amazon Prime.
Directed by Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?), the film is a live capture of Heidi Schreck’s play in its final week on Broadway. The play, created by and starring Schreck, ran at the Helen Hayes Theater from March 2019 to August 2019.
In addition to the film, Amazon Studios has signed an overall deal with Schreck to create content for Prime Video.
“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,” Albert Cheng, chief operating officer and co-head of television at Amazon Studios, said in a press release.
The special was directed by Marielle Heller and produced by Big Beach and Heller’s production company, Defiant By Nature. Diana DiMenna, Aaron Glick and Matt Ross, producers of the Broadway show, are also producers on the film.
Schreck will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the live capture.
“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,” Schreck said. “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.”
“What the Constitution Means to Me” was nominated for two Tony Awards and was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. After the Broadway run, the play embarked on a national tour, which was paused due to COVID-19.