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USF Theatre Alumnus Matthew Lopez's 'The Inheritance' Sparks Intergenerational Dialogue Ahead of Broadway Debut

Friday, November 15, 2019

Matthew Lopez at the Olivier Awards

Matthew Lopez at the Olivier Awards in London's Royal Albert Hall in April 2019. 'The Inheritance' took home at total of four Olivier Awards.

USF theatre alumnus and playwright Matthew Lopez's play 'The Inheritance' makes its broadway debut this month. 

The play marks an important contribution to the gay community, centering on what is handed down from one generation to the next among gay men, especially in the context of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

The Inheritance, which debuted last fall with the Young Vic theatre in London, went on to win four Olivier awards, commonly known as the UK equivalent to the Tony Awards.

The Inheritance, inspired by the novel Howards End by E.M. Forster, tells the story of the conversation between three generations of gay men living in New York City. Lopez’s play represents a desire for intergenerational discourse among gay men to examine the impact of AIDS, how the community has changed over the decades, and what it means to be a gay man in New York City.

Matthew Lopez received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre performance from USF in 2000.

Recent Press

Friday, November 08, 2019
LA Times: What can gay men learn from their elders? To Matthew Lopez, that’s ‘The Inheritance’

Thursday, November 07, 2019
Billboard: In Broadway's Powerful Queer Epic 'The Inheritance,' Matthew Lopez Bridges an LGBTQ Generation Gap

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Howards End Comes Out: How Matthew Lopez adapted E. M. Forster’s Edwardian novel into the modern-day queer play The Inheritance

Friday, October 25, 2019
New York Times: What Generations of Gay Men Hand Down in ‘The Inheritance’