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The Inheritance (Playscript)

Matthew Lopez

“The most important American play of the century.” Daily Telegraph

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“The most important American play of the century.” Daily Telegraph

Inspired by E. M. Forster’s novel Howards End, and set in New York three decades after the height of the AIDS epidemic, The Inheritance wrestles with what it means to be a gay man today, exploring relationships and connections across age and social class and asking what one generation’s responsibilities may be to the next.

Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance premiered at the Young Vic Theatre, London, in 2018, before transferring to the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre. It premiered on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 2019.

This edition includes revisions made for the Broadway production.

Critic Reviews

An openhearted American theatrical epic. Capaciously moving and blisteringly alive.

New York Times
Critic Reviews

An emotional powerhouse. A ravishing theatrical work that urges generations to connect and love. Gripping from first scene to last

Rolling Stone
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Stop the clocks; the race is won. Here is the play of this year and last year and quite possibly next year as well. This is a work of rare grace, truth and beauty.

Evening Standard
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Powerful, gutsy, shattering, and written totally from the heart. Matthew Lopez’s empathetic drama is a moving call for an intergenerational conversation.

New York Post

Matthew Lopez is the author of The Whipping Man (Luna Stage Company, Manhattan Theatre Club), The Legend of Georgia McBride (Denver Center for Performing Arts; Manhattan Class Company, Geffen Playhouse), Somewhere (The Old Globe, Hartford Stage), Reverberation (Hartford Stage Company), and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). In London, he was represented in Headlong Theatre’s 9/11 Decade…

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