What ‘The Constitution’ Meant to Two Teenage Performers

What ‘The Constitution’ Meant to Two Teenage Performers

Who has come backstage to say hello?

CIPRIAN Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Barbra Streisand.

WILLIAMS I [had done] the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor judicial internship program. I met Sonia Sotomayor for five seconds at the elevator, and when they snatched her away from me, I said, “I’ll see you soon!” not knowing when I was going to see her or how I was going to see her. But this show gave me the opportunity.

What happened when you saw her at the theater?

WILLIAMS She looked me in my eyes and she goes, “I’m really happy that you chose college.”

CIPRIAN She was a mess when Ruth came.

WILLIAMS I have a giant poster of that woman in my house. My mom would be like, “Why is there an old lady staring at me before I leave my house?” Sonia Sotomayor came from the Bronx, R.B.G. came from Brooklyn, I’m coming from Queens. Seeing these people say “I love you and I’m so proud of you” really makes me think I can get to their level.

CIPRIAN We’re kind of obsessed with three things: R.B.G., unicorns and doughnuts. Those three things are our vibe. We have a life-size poster of R.B.G. in our green room. When she came, everybody was freaking out. And I think the audience members knew she was here, because the show brings up R.B.G. multiple times and people would be like “WOO-WOO-WOO!” So we knew something was off. Then she came backstage!

Do you remember what you talked to her about?

WILLIAMS She said, “Sonia and I have been talking about you.” It’s so like — I just really want to go college and I want to get my 3.9 G.P.A. and I want to go to Columbia Law School and I want to be a lawyer — right now! I want to start tomorrow. But I more remember Sonia Sotomayor’s conversation. She spoke to me more directly. I feel like with R.B.G., I didn’t speak very much. I was crying.

Anything you want to say to her in the newspaper?

WILLIAMS (Pause.) No. I have V.I.P. access to the Supreme Court by the way, so I will go and say it to her!

Anything you want to say to anyone in the newspaper, Rosdely?

CIPRIAN Michelle Obama! The show is going on tour. Please come to the show! You’re amazing! You’re a legend! I love you. Can you imagine if Beyoncé came? No, that’d be too much.

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