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Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches


by Tony Kushner

Louis Ironson Timeline and Summary

  • Following his grandmother's funeral, Louis learns that his boyfriend, Prior, has AIDS.
  • He consults a rabbi, asking if the scriptures say anything about a person who deserts a loved one when they need him most. He gets no comfort for his guilt from the rabbi.
  • Louis cries about the Prior situation in a bathroom of the Brooklyn Federal Court of Appeals where he works. He meets Joe in the bathroom.
  • Louis assumes Joe is gay, through Joe denies it.
  • He discusses the nature of justice with Prior in bed.
  • Louis calls an ambulance when Prior gets terribly sick.
  • He talks in code to Emily, Prior's nurse, about how guilty he feels about wanting to leave Prior.
  • After leaving the hospital, he has sex with a random guy in the park.
  • He gets kind of flirty with Joe while discussing – you guessed it – the nature of justice.
  • Louis goes to the hospital and tells Prior that he's moved out.
  • Later, he talks politics and guilt with Belize.
  • He dances with Prior in one of Prior's hallucinations.
  • He starts a relationship with Joe Pitt.