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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.