EXCLUSIVE: First watch the epic gay drama descending on Los Angeles

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Cast of ‘The Inheritance, Part 1’ Photo by Jeff Lorch

“He has a story to tell—it’s swirling inside him, it’s a pain to come out. But how does he start?”

opening line of Legacy, Part 1 This sets the stage for a gay drama unlike any other of the century. Its prominent, literary debut frames the story of gay thirtysomethings, Eric and Toby, through the lens of EM Forrester. Howard’s End, Two performances and nearly seven hours later, audiences have what remains of a destroyed zeitgeist, which explores three generations of queer men battling their collective history.

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(L to R) Nick Ashe, Adam Kantor and August Gray Gal in ‘The Inheritance, Part 1’. Photo by Lef Lorch

Geffen Playhouse presents the West Coast premiere of Matthew Lopez’s Tony Award-winning work, directed by longtime collaborator Mike Donahue.

“for most” [characters] In the drama, how great we thought the Obama years were, whether we were fooling ourselves or we didn’t understand what was happening in the country, many people were caught up in that fever dream, and the drama follows. It’s an accident,” Donahue said. qwerty,

More than a recent time-stamped period piece, heritage Shows some reactions to the issues facing our country today.

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Juan Castano in ‘The Inheritance, Part 1’ Photo by Jeff Lorch

“It begins to ask the question: What happens to us, and who will we become if we lose our sense of community and responsibility to one another? A few weeks ago, I was in an area of ​​northern LA with 400 other gay men. stood in line with those who were waiting to get [monkeypox] Vaccine for five hours. In some ways, a lot has changed, a government response – and that shouldn’t be underestimated,” Donahue said. “But I think we’re dealing with this drama, not beyond that. And I think it’s more present and visceral for us right now. Much of the play is about the relationship between generations. grappling with how the younger generation keeps up with the history of our community?”

A watershed tableau at the end of Part 1, which is famous for its original staging in London and New York City, is likely to be even more impressive at Geffen’s intimate Gil Cates Theatre. qwerty Gained exclusive first access to production photos from Legacy Part 1 Audiences are eagerly waiting for the official opening of the production on 1st October.

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(L to R) Bill Brochtrup, Casey Mahfey and Adam Kantor in ‘The Inheritance, Part 1’. Photo by Jeff Lorch
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Photo by Bill Brochtrup & Jeff Lorch in ‘Inheritance, Part 1’
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(L to R) Bill Brochtrup and Adam Kantor in ‘The Inheritance, Part 1’ Photo by Jeff Lorch
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Cast of ‘The Inheritance, Part 1’ Photo by Jeff Lorch
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(top to bottom) Avi Roque and Israel Aaron Ford in ‘The Inheritance, Part 1’ Photo by Jeff Lorch
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(L to R) Eddie Lopez and Miguel Pinzon in ‘The Inheritance, Part 1’ Photo by Jeff Lorch
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(L to R) Juan Castano and Adam Kantor in ‘The Inheritance, Part 1’ Photo by Jeff Lorch
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(L to R) Adam Kantor and Tuck Watkins in ‘The Inheritance, Part 1’ Photo by Jeff Lorch

Legacy runs through November 27, with various performance dates for Parts 1 and 2.

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