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The Inheritance

By: Matthew López
Narrated by: Bradley James Tejeda, Israel Erron Ford, August Gray Gall, Miguel Pinzon, Eddie Lopez, Jay Donnell, Kasey Mahaffy, Avi Roque, Adam Kantor, Juan Castano, Bill Brochtrup, Tuc Watkins, Tantoo Cardinal, Eric Flores
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Publisher's summary

Considered “perhaps the most important American play of this century” by The Daily Telegraph, the Tony Award-winning Best Play has arrived on Audible. Based on Howards End by E.M. Forster, The Inheritance takes place in New York City decades after the AIDS epidemic. Eric Glass is a political activist engaged to his writer boyfriend, Toby Darling. When two strangers enter their lives—an older man and a younger one—their futures suddenly become uncertain as they begin to chart divergent paths. In this epic examination of survival, healing, and class divide, three generations of gay men attempt to forge a future for themselves amid a turbulent and changing America.

The Tony Award-winning Best Play

©2023 Matthew Lopez (P)2023 AO Media LLC

The cast discusses the importance of Matthew Lopez’s play, The Inheritance.

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About the Creator

Matthew López is an American playwright and screenwriter. His play The Inheritance, originally directed by Stephen Daldry, is the most honored American play in a generation, sweeping the “Best Play” awards in both London and New York, including the Tony Award, Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, Evening Standard Award, London Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Honors, Drama League Award, and GLAAD Media Award. He is the first Latin writer to win the Tony Award for Best Play.
In New York, Matthew’s work has been seen off-Broadway with The Whipping Man and The Legend of Georgia McBride. Other works include Somewhere, Reverberation, The Sentinels, and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding. Matthew is currently co-writing the musical adaptation of the classic film Some Like it Hot.
Matthew will be making his directorial feature debut with the LGBTQ+ romantic comedy Red, White & Royal Blue for Amazon Studios. In addition to directing the film, Matthew has adapted the script, based on Casey McQuiston’s bestselling novel.
Matthew is also working on a reimagining of the iconic 1992 Whitney Houston box office hit, The Bodyguard, for Warner Bros, as well as a feature film adaptation of the novel Leading Men for Searchlight Pictures, which centers on Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo.
In October 2020, he signed an overall television development deal with Amazon studios.
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About the Director

Mike Donahue's first short film, Troy, premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and has gone on to screen at another 30 festivals internationally, including the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. It has won a handful of awards, including the Audience Award for Best Narrative Short at Outfest 2022 and the Vimeo 'Unofficial Award' for Best US Narrative Short at Sundance. Mike and writer Jen Silverman are currently working on their first feature, with Pacific Electric producing. For the past decade, Mike has worked as a theater director, primarily in New York and Los Angeles. NYC credits include: world premieres of Matthew López's The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC, The Geffen and Denver Center, Joe A. Callaway Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Ovation Award Nomination); Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage (MCC, Woolly Mammoth, Drama League Nomination), The Moors (Playwrights Realm – NYC premiere), and Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb); Ana Nogueira’s Which Way To The Stage (MCC); and Jordan Seavey’s Homos, Or Everyone In America (Labyrinth). Regionally: The LA premiere of Matthew López's The Inheritance (Geffen Playhouse); Little Shop of Horrors with MJ Rodriguez, George Salazar and Amber Riley (Pasadena Playhouse); world premieres of Jen Silverman’s The Roommate (Humana, Williamstown, Long Wharf), Wink (Marin); Rachel Bonds’ Curve of Departure (South Coast Rep, Studio Theater); Matt Schatz's A Wicked Soul In Cherry Hill (Geffen Playhouse); Kate Cortesi’s Love (Marin); the US premiere of Anne Carson’s adaptation of Euripides’ The Bakkhai with original music by Diana Oh (Baltimore Center Stage); and Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki in a new libretto by Meg Miroshnik (Chicago Opera Theater). Mike is recipient of a Fulbright to Berlin, the Dramaleague Fall Fellowship, The Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown, and was the artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret for two seasons. Mike is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Drama.

About the Director

Stephen Daldry is an award-winning theatre, film, and television director, and producer.
He has directed many theatre productions for London's West End and New York's Broadway, including Billy Elliot, The Inheritance, and An Inspector Calls, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards.
Stephen has directed six feature films which have all been nominated for industry awards. His 2021 film Together, for the BBC, won a BAFTA.
Netflix’s The Crown, winner of 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, which he serves as Executive Producer, is currently in production on its final season with Stephen directing the last episode.
Stephen is Chairman of a refugee arts charity Good Chance, who produced The Jungle and The Walk, which saw a 10ft tall puppet of a Syrian refugee girl, Little Amal, walk from Turkey to Glasgow.

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