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INHERITANCE TAX

TIM HEAP GOES BEHIND THE SCENES TO FIND OUT ABOUT A NEW TWO-PART PLAY, DIRECTED BY STEPHEN DALDRY, WHICH LOOKS AT THE LEGACY OF THE HIV/AIDS CRISIS IN NEW YORK CITY
TERRIFIED: Playwright Matthew, left, had a frightening introduction to gay life, while Andrew Burnap plays a writer with no first-hand knowledge of the Aids crisis
PHOTOGRAPHY: SIMON ANNAND

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Playwright Matthew Lopez’s first lessons about being gay were grim ones. “My introduction was as a 10-yearold boy in the American South, watching the news and learning about the Aids epidemic,” he says. “That’s how I discovered what being gay was; by simultaneously being taught that it also meant dying of HIV/Aids.”

Attitude meets the 40-year-old awardwinner in the middle of rehearsals for his new play, The Inheritance, at Jerwood Space in Southwark. We’re here to learn more about his intriguing new six-act, two-part period piece that offers a look at gay life in New York City over three generations.

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