Lori Bongiorno | The 2019 MAKERS Conference
Lori Bongiorno, General Manager, Yahoo Entertainment, Lifestyle & MAKERS, introduces a special performance from he play 'What the Constitution Means to Me' from 2019 #MAKERSConference at Monarch Beach Resort.
- Please welcome Lori Bongiorno. LORI BONGIORNO: That was a tough act to follow. Good evening, though. It is so great to be here in the company of all of you. I've always wanted to come to the Makers Conference. And I think it took becoming the GM to finally get an invite. So I'm a recent empty nester, which I think some of you can relate to. And maybe others are looking forward to. And I got a call one night from my son, who's a freshman in college. And he said, I have a long weekend. And I'd love to come home. And I was excited to see him and also a little bit touched. But then I realized that I was not the 40 something year old woman he was taking the Megabus home to see. It was Heidi Schreck. He had heard about What the Constitution Means to Me from his playwriting professor. And he said it was not to be missed. And he was right this time. We saw the play about 48 hours before Kavanaugh was confirmed. And I have not been able to stop thinking about it ever since. I'm not alone. The play has sold out more than multiple times off Broadway. And it's been called the best of the year by a dozen publications from the New York Times to the New Yorker to the Hollywood Reporter. In this autobiographical play, we meet a teenage version of Heidi Schreck who actually earns her college tuition traveling the country, winning debates, speech and debates, for the American Legion. And she revisits that time now. She traces the history of women in her family for four generations through the lens of the Constitution, in particular the 14th Amendment. Oscillating between her teen self and her current one, she tells a story that feels both unique and universal. And she takes on challenging topics such as domestic abuse suffered by her grandmother. But it still feels surprisingly optimistic. And I think you'll see that this play reminds us that healthy debate is critical, particularly now, and that we all should be open to questioning everything. I'm so glad that you guys to-- get to witness the magic of this play. What the Constitution Means to Me opens on Broadway next month. And I can't wait to see it again. So enjoy.