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-"The Inheritance." Matthew, you wrote it.
Kyle, you're one of the stars of this great play.
I was there opening night. -You were.
-And do you remember? We met each other.
Do you remember? -I did.
I accosted you after Part 1 ended.
And, well, it was so funny because -- no spoilers --
but, usually, people finish the first part of the play
in a bit of an emotional state.
And I saw you, and you were covered in tears
and your eyes were all red.
And I thought to myself, "I can get anything
out of this guy right now."
I can get a loan, a car, anything I want.
-He's vulnerable right now, yeah.
-Very, very vulnerable.
-It crushes!
The end of the -- I should say that this play
is actually two separate plays, if you want to, right?
-Yeah, two different plays.
-I saw them both in the same day for a total of --
I think it was like 6 1/2 hours total.
But you don't have to do that. -No, no, no.
It's -- You can do whatever you want.
-Yeah, that's very nice. -Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
You can just come and go as you please.
No, actually, well, the thing is, is that it is one big play,
but we also think of them as two separate plays.
They're two very different plays.
And, so, you know, when people see a 6-1/2-hour play,
they think, "Oh, my God.
I'm never going to get home."
And we like to think of it as, actually,
Season 1 of "The Inheritance"
and Season 2 of "The Inheritance."
-Okay, yeah.
So it's like binge-watching on Netflix.
-It's exactly like that. -Okay, perfect.
-So you, like, come watch Season 1,
and if you like it, then you can come back and watch Season 2.
-Start your subscription to Season 2.
-Yeah, exactly.
One of the things that happened to us in London was that
people would come see Part 1,
and there would be a Part 2 later that night.
And after Part 1 was over, there'd be a line
at the box office of people wanting to get tickets
to Part 2 that night.
So we are very confident that if you just buy a ticket
to Part 1, that we are not going to have any trouble
selling you tickets to Part 2.
-Yeah, yeah. It is that great. And the cast is that great.
And you are fantastic.
But, I mean, you love every performance.
Everyone -- You kind of feel like you get to know them
by the first three hours.
-Yeah, I'd never read a play like it.
It fully fleshed out characters
that are completely three-dimensional and hilarious
and heart-breaking in equal measure.
-Oh, my gosh.
It's really laugh out loud, like -- But, I mean, also,
I will say, in London, by the way, you had a great run.
"The Telegraph" called it
"perhaps the most important American play of the century."
[ Cheers and applause ] That's a quote forever.
Forever, that's a quote. -I know.
I'm so glad I got my mom that job at "The Telegraph."
-Yeah, right?
-"Mom, they got a job opening at 'The Telegraph.'"
-Really, really good idea of me. -What is the play about?
Can you set it up at all without ruining it?
-Yeah, absolutely. No, I can.
So, well, the story -- So, it's based on a novel
called "Howards End" by E.M. Forster,
which is a novel that was written in 1910.
And, so, when I was a teenager, there was a movie version
of "Howards End" that came out
with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
And I heard about it. And I was a teenager.
And I asked my mom to take me to see it.
And she was like, "'Howards End'?
Is this a porno that you're asking me to take you to see?"
It's got a weird name, right? -And you're like, "No, mom."
-Yeah, no, no.
So, she took me to church first, just in case.
-Just in case it was? -Just in case.
And then we went to see the movie.
And the movie just absolutely changed my little teenage life.
And I read the book.
And my mother is a schoolteacher,
so she brought me the book.
And I just fell in love with it.
And one of the things that I realized later in life
is that maybe -- I was like in my late 20s --
is that E.M. Forster was gay and closeted all his life.
And he wrote about things that were outside of his experience
because he couldn't write about the own truths of his life.
And so I thought, "Well, you know what I'll do?
I'll take my favorite novel
and I'll update it to the present day.
I'll take all the characters -- there's, like,
straight people from different social classes --
and I will turn it into a story about gay men
from three different generations."
And, really, what it's about for me is --
what does it mean to be a gay man in the 21st century,
in the shadow of AIDS, growing up watching this happen,
and now being also of an age where there are
young, gay men younger than me?
And, suddenly, people are asking me for advice,
and the way I did with older people.
So I poured it all into this play.
-Yeah, it's just amazing, every performance,
but, man, you knock it out of the park, buddy.
Kyle, it's so emotional at the end.
I didn't come back to say hi to you at the end
'cause I figured you'd done enough for me.
But do you feel -- When did you feel like,
"Oh, this is powerful.
Like, this is --"
-As soon as I found out that I was going to be playing
Emma Thompson, basically.
-Yeah. We all want to be Emma Thompson, yeah.
-I've peaked. Like, my life's changed.
-But, I mean, you -- I mean, but do you look in the crowd
and just go like, "Oh, my gosh."
'Cause, I mean, everyone was just weeping,
especially at the end of the first play.
-Yeah. Man, I've never, ever been part of something
that breaks the boundary between audience and performers
like this play does.
And it doesn't break it,
but it just actually brings us together,
and there's a real communion that happens.
And we can hear the audience reactions,
and they're very vocal throughout
the entire performance and they're laughing
and they're gasping and they're weeping openly.
And it's incredibly powerful, man.
-I think the laughter -- You would speak for that,
but I think it helps the play because it kind of
lets you let your guard down for a little bit.
-Yeah, well, you know, I discovered --
I mean -- Well, listen, I'm Puerto Rican.
And, so, we know two languages --
hilarity and calamity, right?
-Yeah. -The only two languages we know.
And so I was like, "Well, we'll just put that into this play."
And, you know, I knew that, like, if I was going to
tell this story -- And there's some serious things
that we talk about.
We talk about loss and we talk about
what it means to inherit things from a previous generation
and leave it to the next.
But I also knew that if I was going to ask people
to sit in an audience for that long,
I also needed to make them laugh.
-If there's one message that you think everyone
should take away from this play, what do you think it would be?
-I mean, I've been asked to try to describe the play
in three words, which seems really impossible.
But the three words I always land on are
love, loss, and hope.
It's trying to bridge generations together,
regarding the past, looking back on our mistakes,
being honest about them,
trying to heal and forge a better future together.
And, honestly, a play that is about trying to be good
and having love for your fellow person.
It's exactly the kind of play we need right now, in my opinion.
-I agree. [ Cheers and applause ]
Do you agree? Same?
-Yeah, I mean -- Well, first of all, thank you.
That's flattering.
-You're the one that won all the awards.
-Oh, stop.
No, but I think that, you know, for me, I could sum it up
with a line that the character of E.M. Forster,
who's in the play, actually says, which is,
"You have no idea which lives you will touch
and which ones you will save."
And I think that's true of so many lives
and it's true of people that we lost to the epidemic
in the '80s and the '90s
and it's true of the people in our life --
our children, our parents.
It's all a legacy.
And I think that we ask people to come to the theater
and think about legacy and think about
what's been left them and what's their responsibility
to leave to the next generation?
-Go check it out -- "The Inheritance."
Well-said. Matthew Lopez, Kyle Soller.
Go to see "The Inheritance," Part 1 or Part 2 --
doesn't matter.
Go check them all out.
Playing right now at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
It is awesome.
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Matthew Lopez and Kyle Soller's The Inheritance Play Is Like Netflix Series

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