What the Constitution Means to Me

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Rosdely Ciprian

ROSDELY CIPRIAN (Debater) NYTW debut. Rosdely is starting high school this fall, participates in her school’s debate team, has graduated from Barbizon modeling school and lives with her mom in New York City. She has a passion for acting and an affinity for technology, enjoys listening and dancing to music and attends Girl Scouts to help out her community.

Thursday Williams

THURSDAY WILLIAMS (Debater) NYTW debut. Thursday is a senior at William Cullen Bryant H.S. in Queens. She has done a variety of debates at Brooklyn Law School and NYU through the Legal Outreach Program. She recently finished her judicial internship at the Civil Supreme Court through the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program. She is currently an explorer and on the Youth Community Council for the 103rd Precinct.

Review Quotes

Broadway and Me

“It was inspiring to see Thursday Williams, a senior at William Cullen Bryant High School in Queens, deliver a passionate defense of the constitution at the performance I attended…”

Broadway World Off-Broadway

“At the performance this reviewer attended, 14-year-old Rosdely Ciprian was welcomed to the stage to debate Schreck on the issue of revising the Constitution or completely replacing it. She alternates performances with Thursday Williams and an audience member is selected to judge the outcome…Poised, succinct and speaking with authoritative tones, she is in no way precocious, just impressively quick-thinking and prepared.”

CitiTour NYC

“Conversely, bringing on a real-life high school debate student (Rosdely Ciprian, whom I saw, and Thursday Williams alternate performances) during the last 15-minutes to go ‘womano a womano’ with Schreck over whether the Constitution should be abolished proves to be an act of brilliance. Not only, does their spirited exchange force all of us to think about the importance of the Supreme Court…but seeing such a well-spoken, thoughtful young person should give all of us hope for the future of the country…”

Clyde Finch Report

“At the performance I attended, Thursday Williams, a senior at William Cullen Bryant High School in Queens, came on stage. A veteran debater, she recently participated in the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship program. Williams and Schreck now debated, extemporaneously, not an amendment or clause of the Constitution as in the contests that Schreck won years ago, but now the very idea of the document itself.”

Culture Sauce

“The wonderfully composed 14-year-old Rosdely Ciprian astonished at my performance (she alternates with Thursday Williams). Despite the depressing state of the news (and our Twitter feeds) about the fragility of our democracy, Ciprian sends the audience out with an almost buoyant hope for the future.”

The Daily Beast

“If the debate structure has all but melted away by this point, it reasserts itself with the appearance of Rosdely Ciprian, a 14-year-old debater from New York City who has been debating since the second semester of sixth grade. (Ciprian alternates this real-person role with Thursday Williams, a senior at William Cullen H.S. in Queens.) Ciprian is intelligent, fast, wry, and more than a match for Schreck, and Schreck meets Ciprian in a similar spirit as they verbally spar over whether the Constitution should be abolished.”

A Gathering of the Tribes

“In the final debate, the bright and assured Thursday Williams (who alternates nightly with Rosdely Ciprian) shares the stage with Schreck and brings youthful confidence into the dialogue of the future of the US constitution.”

Lighting and Sound America

“At the performance I attended, Rosdely Ciprian was a delight – so poised and well-spoken that if she is typical of the next generation, we have nothing to worry about”

New York Times

“It concludes with a postscript in which a young debater of today (in my case, the dazzlingly self-assured, 14-year-old Rosdely Ciprian) squares off against Ms. Schreck to debate whether the current Constitution should be scrapped.”

New York Stage Review (review by David Finkle)

“To prove her point, she brings out a young debater to contend with. I saw 14-year-old Rosdely Ciprian, who was so confident about her abilities that I pictured her finishing the night by going off to advise a needy politician (Orrin Hatch perhaps?). Thursday Williams is the debater on alternate nights. The debate Schreck and Ciprian fought was over whether the Constitution, as it stands now, should be abolished. … By the way, an audience member chooses the debate’s winner. (Ciprian was my night’s winner.)”

New York Stage Review (review by Jesse Oxfeld)

“And, finally, we meet a young New York City debater, today’s version of the girl Schreck once was, who both charms everyone in the room (at the performance I saw, it was Rosdely Ciprian, a high-school freshman; at other performances it is Thursday Williams, a Queens high-school senior) and sounds a necessary, if perhaps rose-colored, note about the flexibility and resilience of our system.”

Off Off Online

“The play’s coup is the inclusion of a high-school-age debater from New York City; Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams alternate in the role. Though the debater doesn’t enter until late in the show, her arrival brings the hope that allows Schreck to cope with the ‘staggering facts of violence against women.’ Schreck and her young companion engage in playful scripted debate…the vision of young, diverse womanhood leading the charge is undeniably moving.”

Stage Left

“On the night I attended, high school student Thursday Williams argued not to abolish the constitution, but rather to ‘overthrow the men who abuse it.’ If she is the future, it is one I welcome, if only we can survive the present.”

TheaterMania

“In the latter third of the play, Schreck invites real-life teen debater Rosdely Ciprian to the stage for a debate about whether the Constitution should be abolished and replaced. It’s thrilling and the audience really gets into it, not least of which because of Ciprian’s on-point and stinging delivery (I have no doubt we’ll be seeing her on C-SPAN one day)”

Theater Pizzaz

“Toward the end of the piece Schreck is joined by a high school student (played at alternating performances by Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams), who debates her as to whether the Constitution should be abolished. Williams debated at the performance I attended, and she was electric: smart, beautiful, together.”

Theater Scene

“It’s a rotating role and at the performance under review the eager and charming high school senior Thursday Williams portrayed this character (alternating with Rosdely Ciprian).”

The Ticker

“Depending on the night, Thursday Williams or Rosdely Ciprian go toe-to-toe with Schreck in an invigorating, audience participation-filled debate”

Times Square Chronicles

“Rosdely Ciprian, a well-spoken firecracker and member of her school’s debate team joins in to the conversation midway through, breathing some youthful energy and spunk into a debate that is in dire need of happening across this country (Ciprian [T/Th/Sa] shares the part on alternate performances with Thursday Williams [W/F/Su]). This young lady is brilliant and commanding, and I look forward to the day she rules the world.”

TowleReport

“It even turns into a live debate, when a real teen debate champ comes out to spar with her (a preternaturally sharp Rosdely Ciprian the night I attended).”

Vulture

“The buoyant, needle-sharp Rosdely Ciprian is one of two actual 14-year-old debaters, local students who join Schreck on stage for the last part of her show; I saw her, but you might see Thursday Williams depending on which night you go. … It’s a vital part of Schreck’s show, as is the appearance of the elfin, astonishingly self-assured Rosdely, who’s a remarkable young human in her own right – as well as a startling reminder of what 14 actually looks like.”

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