A Dramatic Debate

Jocelyn S. '23 has joined the cast of What the Constitution Means to Me, which played at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles from January 12 - February 28. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The show tells the story of 15-year-old Heidi Schreck, who is also the playwright, and traces the "profound relationship between four generations of women in her own family and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship." The play has earned two Tony Award nominations and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Jocelyn earned the role after a lengthy search for a local student debater who also identifies as a person of color. Her experience in debate - Jocelyn has competed in more than 20 debate tournaments between her time at Marlborough and elementary school - prepared her well for the role.

"I wanted to take on this challenge because I really like both debate and theatre, and I was excited to try something that combined two of my interests," said Jocelyn. "Being in a show like this is a. completely new experience for me, so I thought that it would be really interesting to do!"

Jocelyn plays opposite Maria Dizzia as Schreck, nad the two engage in a third-act parliamentary debate about whether the coutry should keep the Consititution or replace it. Jocelyn appeared in four performances per week during the show's LA run, and she will continue on to Chicago in the spring. 

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