Matthew López

Matthew Lopez
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Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Matthew López wowed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with The Inheritance, a two-part work that pays homage to E.M. Forster’s Howards End as it explores the lives of gay men three decades after the height of the AIDS epidemic. The Inheritance, which enjoyed successful runs in London and New York (though shuttered early due to COVID), won a Tony Award for Best Play, among numerous honors.

His other works for the stage include the frequently produced The Whipping Man, as well as Somewhere, Reverberation, and The Legend of Georgia McBride. He was a staff writer on HBO’s The Newsroom. He earned a bachelor’s in theater performance from the University of South Florida.

In 2020, he partnered with The AIDS Memorial on Instagram for the Walter Project, a World AIDS Day video reading of passages from a monologue from his own The Inheritance. He enlisted performers such as Glenn Close, Cynthia Erivo, Nathan Lane, and Russell Tovey, among others, to read and help raise awareness.