Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
by Tony Kushner
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches Act 3, Scene 7 Summary
- Another split scene is upon us.
- Prior is still alone in his apartment, freaking out about the wing sounds.
- On the other side of the stage, Louis sits alone in a park.
- Prior calls for Louis and then starts saying crazy stuff: "in the dark, in the dark, the Recording Angel opens its hundred eyes and snaps the Book of Life" (3.7.2).
- Over in the park, Joe approaches Louis.
- He asks Louis if he knows the story of Lazarus, the man the Bible says raised Jesus from the dead.
- Louis asks if Joe really believes that story.
- Joe says he doesn't know what he believes anymore.
- Louis points out that it's kind of a coincidence, them meeting here.
- Joe admits that he followed Louis here from work.
- Louis says Joe must think he's a sensitive guy who cries for his friends and stuff. You're wrong, though, says Louis. I'm heartless.
- Joe tentatively touches Louis' face. Louis pulls away, telling Joe his hand will probably fall off.
- Joe awkwardly tells Louis that he really wants to touch him.
- Louis takes his hand and asks him to come home with him.
- Joe can't believe Louis wants to go to bed with him. They hardly know each other, and what Louis does know about him he doesn't like.
- "The Republican stuff?" asks Louis. "I don't not like that. I hate that" (3.7.32).
- Louis kisses Joe and tells him that he really doesn't want to be alone tonight.
- Joe admits that he doesn't feel like he deserves to be loved.
- Well, there you go, says Louis. We've got tons in common.
- They exit together.
- Prior is totally flipping out about this sound of wings.
- He assures himself that he can take it. "I am a gay man and I am used to pressure, to trouble, I am tough and strong and... " (3.7.41).
- The lights start to flicker like crazy.
- The bed rolls around.
- The walls begin to grow.
- Prior is totally freaking out because something is coming inside.
- Crazy music! Crazy lights!
- An awestruck Prior says, "God almighty... Very Steven Spielberg" (3.7.45).
- There's the sound of a something huge plummeting to the earth.
- The room gets darker and darker and the thing gets closer.
- BOOM! The ceiling caves in.
- "And then in a shower of unearthly white light, spreading great opalescent gray-sliver wings, the angel descends into the room and floats above the bed" (3.7.46).
- The angel cries, "Greetings, Prophet; The Great Work begins: The Messenger has arrived" (3.7.48).
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