The Inheritance, Part One
THE STORY: Decades after the AIDS epidemic, three generations of gay men grapple with the tragedy of their past and what it means for their future. Eric is a New York City lawyer trying to keep his family’s apartment; his husband, Toby, is a successful but abrasive writer, living in a state of denial. And their marriage is hanging by a thread. From there, a web of hilarious and heartbreaking stories unfolds, remembering the dead and calling on the living to keep looking forward. Inspired by E.M. Forster’s Howards End, THE INHERITANCE is an epic examination of survival, healing, class divide, and what it means to call a place home.
“…[an] openhearted American theatrical epic… Capaciously moving… [THE INHERITANCE] burns with an abiding anger at a generation of gay men felled by AIDS and the heedless attitudes that followed in certain quarters. And yet the play finds a curative potency in a breadth of feeling that hits a playgoer in the gut.” —NY Times. “[THE INHERITANCE] is a vast, imperfect and unwieldy masterpiece that unpicks queer politics and neoliberal economics anew. In addressing the debt gay men owe to their forebears, it dares to ask whether the past hasn’t also sold the present up short. …It’s a beautifully patterned play, full of echoes and reflections, and over the course of seven hours, you see communities dwindle, friendships splinter and split and tender care swapped out for financial assistance. …a born-again classic…” —Variety. “[THE INHERITANCE] pierces your emotional defences, raises any number of political issues and enfolds you in its narrative. …While Lopez’s play has a literary framework, it teems with life and incident…” —Guardian (UK).