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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'' is a powerful new play which wrestles with what it means to be a gay man today, and with what one generation's responsibilities may be to the next.
You have to wonder why there isn't a word in the English language for the fireworks that go off in your brain when you finally kiss someone you've wanted for years. Or for the intimacy and tenderness you feel as you hold the hand of a suffering friend.
A generation after the height of the AIDS crisis, how many words are there now for the different kinds of pain, the different kinds of love?
Matthew Lopez's ''The Inheritance'' premiered in two parts at the Young Vic Theatre, London, in March 2018 to rave reviews.
Paperback, New cheaper edition published March 2020 300 Pages,
Published August 2018
Written by: Matthew Lopez
''Matthew Lopez's rhapsodic deep dive into the ties that bind the gay community to its past asks how to love, how to live and how to do those well, despite a legacy of damage. It's captivating.'' - The Times
''Lopez has, in effect, written the great American novel as a stage play, and it allows him to double down on Forster's famous maxim: 'Only connect!' He retains the individual empathy of literary fiction, taking us into his characters' inner lives, alongside the collective experience of public performance. A born-again classic descended from 'Angels in America''' - Variety
''Witty, frequently outrageous and deeply moving.'' - Evening Standard