NEW YORK — The plaudits just keep coming for Wenatchee native Heidi Schreck, whose Broadway play What the Constitution Means To Me was just nominated for two Tony Awards — best play and a nod for Schreck herself as best actress.
Schreck wrote and stars in the play, which takes the form of a series of speeches and debates about the U.S. Constitution and American history. Her show was also nominated last week for Drama Desk Award for best play, and Schreck for lead actress. It runs through Aug. 24 at the Helen Hayes Theater in Manhattan.
The Tony nominations, recognizing excellence in Broadway theater, were announced Tuesday morning. Among nominees for best performance by an actress in a leading role, Schreck was named alongside luminaries like Annette Bening, Laura Donnelly, Elaine May, Janet McTeer and Laurie Metcalf.
Schreck grew up performing in Wenatchee's Short Shakespeareans, a youth drama company established by her mother, Sherry Schreck. A series of speech contests Heidi won as a Wenatchee teenager form the basis of the play.
After graduating from Wenatchee High School in 1989, she broke into writing and performing in Seattle theater in 1996. She relocated to New York in 2003, and since then has won won two Obie Awards and a Drama Desk Award for her original stage works.
The 73rd annual Tony Award ceremony takes place June 9.
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