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Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches


by Tony Kushner

Joe Pitt Timeline and Summary

  • Roy Cohn offers Joe a job in the Justice Department in Washington, DC.
  • He asks his wife, Harper, if she wants to move to DC, and they argue when she says she doesn't want to go.
  • He meets Louis in a bathroom of the Brooklyn Federal Court of Appeals and denies that he's gay.
  • Back home, Joe gets in a big fight with Harper when she asks if he's gay.
  • When he has dinner with Roy Cohn, Roy advises him to get a divorce and go to Washington.
  • Later he meets again with Roy as well as Martin, Roy's ally in Washington. They try to convince him to take the job at the Justice Department.
  • Joe learns that Roy wants him to do unethical things in Washington to keep Roy from getting disbarred.
  • Joe talks about the nature of justice with Louis.
  • He gets drunk and calls his mom, Hannah, to tell her that he's gay.
  • Later, he tells Harper that he's gay, then spits up blood.
  • After spending several days in the hospital with a bleeding ulcer, he goes to Roy and refuses to take the job.
  • At the end of the play, Joe begins a relationship with Louis.