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What the Constitution Means to Me: Discussion and Show

Hosted in partnership with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre
5:00 PM
Copaken Stage (Power & Light district): 1 H&R Block Way, Kansas City, MO 64105

What the Constitution Means to Me: Discussion and Show

5:00 PM
Copaken Stage (Power & Light district): 1 H&R Block Way, Kansas City, MO 64105


American Public Square is excited to partner with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre to bring guests an enhanced show experience on Thursday, October 26.  Guests are invited to a special pre-show discussion group, followed by the live performance of “What the Constitution Means to Me” an original Broadway production.

    • 5:00pm: Light Reception in Copaken 2nd Floor Lobby
    • 5:30-6:30pm: Moderated Panel Discussion in HR Block Event Space – Copaken 2nd Floor
    • 7:00pm: “What the Constitution Means to Me” on Copaken Stage

Discounted show tickets are available to participants of the pre-show discussion group. A discount code will be provided in the confirmation email for pre-show discussion registrants.

Discussion group panelists include:

    • Amy Anders Corcoran, director of “What the Constitution Means to Me”
    • William Hanna, attorney with a pro bono practice focused on United States citizenship
    • Lauren Tucker McCubbin, attorney and immediate past president of the Missouri Bar Association
    • Terrace Wyatt, Jr., actor, playwright, producer and director

About the show

Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.

Schreck’s timely and galvanizing play became a sensation off-Broadway before transferring to Broadway where it received two Tony Award nominations among countless other accolades. The New York Times hailed “What the Constitution Means to Me” as “not just the best play to open on Broadway so far this season, but also the most important.”

Click here to access the full description on the KC Rep’s event page. 


A discount code for show tickets be provided in your pre-show discussion registration confirmation email (at the bottom of the message).

Discussion Group Facilitator

Ashton Botts is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and William Jewell College and was enriched by study-away experiences at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.

Her fields of study focus on the law, public policy, and political communication, but she is also entrenched in Kansas City arts and culture. In the theatre, she lends her talents as an actor, singer, dancer, and director. She is also represented by Moxie Talent Agency, where she adapts her on-stage experience to for-the-camera work.

As the dramaturg for the upcoming performance of “What the Constitution Means to Me,” Botts serves as a Constitutional adviser, providing vital research and consultation for the upcoming production.

She is also a Contracts Manager for Perceptyx, the leader in associate engagement feedback. At Perceptyx, she uses her experience negotiating on behalf of both the customer and the sales team to assist Account Executives and Account Managers in closing their new business or renewal opportunities. While Perceptyx is based out of California, she serves her team from her home office in Kansas City with the support of her canine colleague, Charlie.

Discussion Group Panelists

Amy Anders Corcoran is the director of the upcoming production, “What the Constitution Means to Me.”

She currently has a brand-new adaptation of “Disney: The Little Mermaid” on the cruise ship Disney Wish, and recently developed and directed the world premiere of “Christmas in Connecticut”  at Goodspeed Musicals. She was the associate director of “Escape to Margaritaville” for Christopher Ashley on Broadway and she directed the national tour. Amy also directed versions of Mr. Ashley’s “Freaky Friday” for the Alley and Cleveland Playhouse. Amy helmed the NYC off-Broadway and London premieres of “Unexpected Joy” and received the SDC Noël Coward Fellowship for Comedic Direction.

New projects include “Edinburgh 7” and “Senior Class” and “My Life Online.”  A proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Amy has worked at Asolo Rep, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, The Guthrie, Goodspeed, Cal Shakes, many projects for National Alliance of Musical Theatre (NAMT), and often with Aria Entertainment in London.

Amy holds a B.A. in Psychology with Honors from the University of Kansas and an M.F.A. in Directing from Penn State.

Lauren Tucker McCubbin is a shareholder and Vice Chair of Commercial Litigation for the Polsinelli PC law firm where she represents businesses in a variety of transactions and litigation matters.

Lauren is the Immediate Past President of the Missouri Bar, and has served also as the President of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.  An award-winning litigator, she has been recognized by Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, Martindale Hubble, Best Lawyers, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, and other organizations for her skill and commitment to service.

Lauren is regularly involved in civic education regarding the Constitution and the Rule of Law, including serving as a judge for the Missouri Bar’s “Show Me the Constitution” competition. She is a graduate, cum laude, of Wellesley College and received her J.D. from the University of Washington in St. Louis School of Law, where she received the Amandas Brackman Moot Court Prize.

William Hanna is a partner at Stinson law firm.

Insurers, financial institutions, and telecommunications companies value William’s skills as a litigator. William’s practice includes ERISA and non-ERISA litigation in the life, health and disability fields. He has practiced in courts across the nation in a wide variety of complex class action and business litigation matters. However, recent public discourse about immigrants and immigration law have inspired him, as the son of a first-generation American immigrant, to represent many newcomers to this country who seek a better life for themselves and their families.

William has developed an extensive pro bono immigration practice, representing refugees, asylum seekers and other clients seeking green cards (permanent legal resident) or United States citizenship and he is grateful to how the life stories of immigrants have inspired many musicals, songs and movies that have enriched our culture and cemented his passion as an advocate for immigration rights.

Terrace Wyatt, Jr. is a KC native who lives in the theatre world. Terrace graduated from William Jewell College with a BFA in Theatre and has been booked and blessed in the theatre world.

Credits include: “Boxed” (Whim Productions); “Is God Is” (KC Melting Pot Theatre); “Dreamgirls” (New Theatre & Restaurant); “Peter Pan & Wendy” (KCRep.); “A Raisin in the Sun” (The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City); “Smart People” (Kansas City Actors Theatre); “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (The Coterie Theatre); “Toni Stone” (The Unicorn Theatre); “Titanic: The Musical” (Music Theatre Heritage); “Something Rotten!” (The White Theatre at the J), and many more.

Terrace recently made his professional debut as a playwright, producer, and director with Theatre Community Fund of Kansas City’s 2nd Annual Crescendo Awards Festival of his play “Black Man, MO [Missouri]” at The Arts Asylum. Catch Terrace in the upcoming production: “Grapes of Wrath” at The Arts Asylum from Nov. 10th-19th.

Season Program Sponsors

Hall Family Foundation

Health Forward Foundation


Sue Seidler Nerman and Lewis Nerman

Marny and John Sherman

William Jewell College