Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika
Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika Act 5, Scene 1 Summary
- It's very late that the same night in Prior's hospital room. Hannah is sleeping in a chair and Prior is standing on the bed.
- Hannah wakes up.
- Prior tells her the angel is coming.
- A trumpet and drums are heard. There's thunder, then flaming Hebrew letters appear all over the wall. The angel appears, looking really scary and dressed all in black.
- Hannah screams and covers her eyes.
- The angel declares that she has returned. (Yeah, we picked up on that.)
- Prior demands that she take back the book.
- There's more thunder.
- Prior asks Hannah to help him.
- She yells that this is a dream.
- Whatever, just help me, says Prior.
- Hannah tells him he has to wrestle the angel.
- After a moment of hesitance, Prior jumps on the angel and wrestles her.
- The angels screams in a chorus of voices, "I I I Am the CONTINENTAL PRINCIPALITY OF AMERICA, I I I AM THE BIRD OF PREY I Will NOT BE COMPELLED, I... " (5.1.20).
- Suddenly there's a blast of music and a glowing ladder appears.
- The angel tells Prior, who is still holding on to her, that he's won, that he's gained admittance to Heaven.
- Prior says he'll only go up there if he can come back.
- You beat me, so you can do whatever you want, the angel says grumpily.
- Prior climbs the ladder.
- The angel looks at Hannah. Hannah tells the angel to leave her alone. She's trying desperately to wake up from this dream but can't.
- The angel holds out her hand to Hannah. Hannah crosses over to the angel and kneels.
- The angel kisses her on the forehead then gives her a long hot kiss on the lips. "The Body is the Garden of the Soul," the angel tells her (5.1.29). Hannah has a gigantic orgasm.
- The angel flies up to Heaven to the sound of trumpets.