"The Inheritance" wins Best Play at Tony Awards

“The Inheritance,” the sprawling two-part play about gay culture in the aftermath of the AIDS epidemic, won the Tony Award for Best Play...


“The Inheritance,” the sprawling two-part play about gay culture in the aftermath of the AIDS epidemic, won the Tony Award for Best Play, making Matthew López the first Latin playwright to win the award.

Based on EM Forster’s novel “Howards End”, “The Inheritance” began life in London, where it was a commercial and critical success.

Lopez written in the Times, “In writing ‘The Legacy’, I wanted to take my favorite novel and tell it in a way its secret author never felt free to do in his lifetime. I wanted to write a play true to my experience, my philosophy, my homosexual heart who took advantage of opportunities that were denied to Forster.

In accepting the award on stage, López said he was indebted to Forster; Terrence McNally, the playwright who died of complications from Covid-19 last year and whom López described as a mentor and “spiritual godfather” of the play; and Miguel Piñero, the first Puerto Rican playwright to be produced on Broadway.

He also urged the industry to improve its representation of Latino writers.

“We are a vibrant community reflecting a wide range of cultures, experiences and yes, skin tones,” he said. “We have so many stories to tell. They are inside of us eager to come out. Let us tell you our stories.

Tom Kirdahy, who produced the play and was married to McNally, said: “This award is in memory of all the beautiful souls lost to AIDS and Covid, and it is dedicated to the love of my life, my husband, Terrence McNally. “

The play, which lasted over six hours in two parts sold separately, opened in November 2019 and ended with the pandemic stopped on March 11, 2020 (it was originally scheduled to close on March 15) .

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