Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika Act 5, Scene 3 Summary
It's 2am in Roy's hospital room. Roy's corpse is still in the bed and the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg sits in a chair.
Belize enters with Louis following. Louis wears an overcoat and dark glasses.
Belize tells him the glasses look stupid and that he should take them off. Louis does, revealing the fact that he's got two black eyes and a cut on his face.
Belize wants to know how Louis got beat up.
"Expiation. For my sins," Louis says (5.3.6).
Louis wants to know why Belize brought him here.
Belize tells Louis he wants him to smuggle Roy's AZT stash out of the hospital. He called Louis because he's a Jew. Belize feels a little guilty about stealing from the dead, so he wants Louis to say the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead.
Louis refuses. Roy is the root of all evil; why would he say a prayer for him?
Belize talks about how forgiveness is a beautiful thing, especially when it's hard.
Louis says he doesn't really know the Kaddish. He tries to say it but messes up.
Ethel Rosenberg stands and softly begins to chant it.
Louis repeats after her.
They end with, "V'imru omain [...] You sonofabitch" (5.3.36-39).
Louis marvels at how miraculous it was that he somehow remembered the Kaddish.