NEW YORK — It takes a strong constitution to get to Broadway, and Heidi Schreck has that in spades.

But the Wenatchee native’s acclaimed play What the Constitution Means To Me did not win Broadway’s ultimate honor Sunday night, bested in two categories of the Tony Awards in which it was nominated. The production lost Best Play to Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman; and Schreck herself was passed over as Best Actress in favor of Elaine May, a stage and screen giant who’s been active since the 1950s. 

Staged as a series of speech contests, What the Constitution Means To Me was also nominated for the prestigious Drama Desk award. Schreck grew up performing in the Wenatchee Shakespeare program established by her mother, Sherry Chastain Schreck, and based her play on the speech competitions she entered as a teenager to win college tuition money.

Since 2003, Heidi Schreck has been a New York-based writer and performer for stage and TV. Her mother was unable to accompany her to the Tony Awards on Sunday due to an emergency appendectomy.

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