Axial Theatre Presents “What the Constitution Means to Me”

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March 8, 2024

Axial Theatre Salutes Political Season with

Heidi Schreck’s Acclaimed “What the Constitution Means to Me” 

Limited Run of Three Performances March 22-24 

Stars 3-Time Emmy© Winner Cady McClain

with Axial Ensemble Members Pat McGuinness and Najah Imani Muhammad

WESTCHESTER, NEW YORK – Axial Theatre will present a staged workshop reading of Heidi Schreck‘s powerful play What the Constitution Means to Me on Friday, March 22, at 7 PM, Saturday, March 23 at 7 PM, and Sunday, March 24, at 3 PM, at Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining, N.Y.

As a 15-year-old, Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human show, Schreck resurrects her teenage self to trace the profound relationship connecting four generations of women with the founding document that shaped their lives. Warning: Although presented in a thoughtful style, the material contains some discussion of violence against women and may be found to be triggering.

The Axial Theatre production stars Axial Artistic Director and three-time Emmy© Winning actress Cady McClain of Manhattan, alongside Axial Theatre ensemble members Patrick McGuinness of Brewster and Najah Imani Muhammad of the Hudson Valley. 

The workshop reading is directed by Axial Associate Artistic Director Nathan Flower, of Ossining, and produced by Managing Director Marisa Lowe, of Peekskill. Tickets are available at for $35 adults, $25 seniors, $250 friends, family, and Company members, and $15 students (currently enrolled in high school or college, or members of HM Acting). 

What the Constitution Means to Me was a 2019 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, as well as a Best Play winner and nominee for the Tony Award and other major competitions.

In its review of the original Broadway production, The New York Times wrote, “What the Constitution Means to Me is one of the things we always say we want theater to be: an act of civic engagement. It restarts an argument many of us forgot we even needed to have.” 


Cady McClain, Axial Theatre Artistic Director and Actor, is a history-making three-time Emmy© award winner for her roles in daytime television. She has appeared on TV in Law & Order SVU, Cheers, St Elsewhere, Spencer for Hire, and in Home Movie, Retreat, My Favorite Year, Pennies from Heaven and other films. Cady recently performed the one-woman show Shirley Valentine at Cape May Stage (New Jersey) and reprised the role for an Axial fundraiser. Off-Broadway venues include Second Stage, Lincoln Center Theater, Hudson Theater Guild, Westbury and Valley Forge Music Fairs, and the Westbeth Theatre Center.  In 2023, Cady performed with The Actors Studio lifetime member Alfredo Narciso in a workshopped reading of Deer for Axial.

Patrick McGuinness, an Axial Theatre ensemble member since 2017, has performed in Axial productions and with GoJo Productions, Westchester Collaborative Theater and Philipstown Depot Theatre. Credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Godspell, South Pacific, Macbeth, Brigadoon, Rope, and Arsenic and Old Lace. Patrick has appeared in feature films, including One-Eyed King, written and directed by Academy Award winner Bobby Moresco and starring William Baldwin, Armand Assante and the late Bruno Kirby. He is a graduate of Binghamton University and the Trinity Rep. Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Najah Imani Muhammad is an Axial Theatre actor and director. Acting credits include McIntosh, (voiceover) Alhamdu short film (featured in Tribeca & Atlanta Film Festivals), “Mama” in A Raisin in the Sun (Heights Players), and The Dinner Detective, a live improv interactive show in NYC. She is also a teaching artist currently teaching programming for Disney Theatrical Group, The New Victory Theatre, Symphony Space, Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard, Leaders by Choice, a nonprofit organization she runs with her mother. Najah’s podcast, Underrepresented Representatives, is available through Spotify, Apple, and beyond @underreppedreps. @najahknows

Nathan Flower, Axial Theatre Associate Artistic Director and Director, is the Founder  of the Hudson Valley Moving Company – a physical performance collective (HVMCo), the head of Movement Training at Terry Knickerbocker Studio in Industry City, Brooklyn, and Associate Arts Professor at NYU. Recent and Upcoming Credits include the film The Woman Clothed by the Sun starring Amanda Seyfried (dir Mona Fastvold), Season 5 of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime), The World Only Spins Forward (a theatrical reckoning with America’s Opioid Crisis- July 2024), and Victory Garden Plays (Tara Meddaugh) at Westchester Collaborative Theater (June 2024).

Marisa Lowe, Axial Theatre Managing Director and Producer, is an alum of Howard Meyer’s Acting Program and the Michael Howard Studios Conservatory.  As an Axial ensemble member, she recently appeared in staged readings of Craig Lucas’s Ode to Joy and Eric Conger’s Zombietown and in Axial’s Best of Cactus Flowers production. Marisa appeared in The Night of January 16th with the Manor Club Theatre and in Misha Sinclair’s There’s a Storm Coming at Westchester Collaborative Theater.


Axial Theatre is a 24-year-old not-for-profit institution founded by playwright/director Howard Meyer. It is dedicated to supporting the professional development of the independent voice through audience involvement and is committed to presenting challenging and relevant theatrical experiences. The company and its productions have been reviewed in The New York Times and are supported by the William T. Morris Foundation and ArtsWestchester, among others.

About Axial Theatre

Axial Theatre’s mission is to create and produce professional relevant, original plays in collaboration and to cultivate theatre artists through year round educational programming. We are committed to involving our audiences in the process of play development and accomplish this by presenting new works in the form of staged readings, workshop performances, and fully mounted professional productions. At the end of every workshop presentation we solicit our audience’s feedback in question and answer sessions. All classes, rehearsals for shows, and invited workshops take place at Axial’s home: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Sunnyside Ave., Pleasantville, NY 10570-3125 For more information please visit Email: Phone: (914) 286-7680

Axial Theater is a twenty one year old not-for-profit institution dedicated to supporting the professional development of the independent voice through audience involvement and a commitment to presenting challenging, intelligent, and culturally relevant theatrical experiences