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Yale GALA Ivy-Plus Virtual Book Club. Discussing The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez)
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Thursday, 5/20/21. 8 PM ET (5 PM Pacific) Join us to discuss the play The Inheritance (2018) on a lively Zoom call About gay life in contemporary NYC; inspired by Howards End (E.M. Forester). Scroll down for Zoom info to join.

Join us Thursday, May 20, 2021 8-9:30 PM EST (5-6:30 PM Pacific Time) 

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What: Yale GALA Ivy-Plus Virtual Book Club. Discussion of the play The Inheritance (2018), by Matthew Lopez. Everyone welcome. 

When: Thursday, May 20, 2021. 8-9:30 PM EST (5-6:30 PM Pacific Time).  
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Cost: FREE 
Enjoy a lively and engaging discussion with old and new friends, about our May book (a play): The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez. 
Set in New York three decades after the height of the AIDS epidemicThe 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.  It is a reimagining of E.M. Forster’s classic novel Howards End 

1. Book Reviews: 

"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 "An openhearted American theatrical epic. Capaciously moving and blisteringly alive." -- New York Times "An emotional powerhouse. A ravishing theatrical work that urges generations to connect and love. Gripping from first scene to last." -- Rolling Stone "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 "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

2. New Yorker article on Lopez and The Inheritance (September 9, 2019)

3. Wikipedia entry
(plot spoilers alert):

4. Publishers' Reading Guide and Discussion Questions. (We do not need to use these):

5. About the Author: 

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 anthology with his short play The Sentinels 


Wikipedia about Matthew Lopez: 

"Matthew's play The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry, premiered London's Young Vic Theatre in 2018, where it was hailed by The Daily Telegraph as “the most important American play of the century.”  It transferred to the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End later that year, and opened on Broadway last autumn. The Inheritance earned eleven nominations for the 74th Tony Awards, including Best Play, as well as eight nominations at the 2019 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning for Best New Play, Best Director (Stephen Daldry), Best Actor (Kyle Soller), and Best Lighting Design (Jon Clark). Lopez received the Evening Standard Award and Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play as well. Sweeping the “Best Play” awards in both London and New York including the Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, Evening Standard Award, London Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, WhatsOnStage Award, and the Southbank Sky Arts Award, The Inheritance is the most honoured American play in generation. Matthew is the first Latino writer to win any of these awards for Best Play. The Inheritance was also selected as the recipient for the GLAAD Media Awards "Outstanding Broadway Production "


 6. About the Productions:

6A. The Inheritance – London (2018) 

6B. The Inheritance – Broadway (2019)


7.Howards End (1910), by E.M. Forester -- as Inspiration for the Play

Our discussion will focus on The Inheritance.  But we include some resources on Howards End by EM Forester, as one inspiration for the play. 



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Bernardine Everisto

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