Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika
Act One: Spooj
In the darkness a voice is heard announcing the setting of the Kremlin, January 1986. The lights come up on Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov, the world’s oldest Bolshevik. He muses philosophically on whether the human race is doomed or if it is able to change and reorder the chaos of the world, as he now sees it. At the end of his speech, a crashing sound is heard and the lights come up on Prior cowering in his bedroom, the ceiling broken on the floor, and the Angel hovering above. The Angel tells him that the Great Work has begun; Prior tells her to go away.
The setting changes to an Arctic landscape imagined by Harper Pitt. Mr. Lies, an imaginary travel agent, is alone on the stage. Harper enters with a pine tree she has gnawed down with her teeth. She is dirty and dishevelled and complains to Mr. Lies about the cold, desolate atmosphere. If her heart is broken, she wonders why she is not dead. Joe Pitt enters, but it is clear that he is an imagined figure in Harper’s confused mind. He talks to her, explaining that he is on a “scary fun” adventure and she cannot come with him. As Joe vanishes, the sounds and lights of the city come in and Harper’s fantasy world crumbles and the lights of a police car can be seen.
Hannah Pitt answers the phone in the Pitt’s apartment. She has just arrived from Salt Lake City and is informed by the police that her daughter-in-law is being held in custody for chewing down a pine tree. She agrees to come straight away, admonishing the police for finding the situation amusing: “She’s not insane, she’s just peculiar.”
Prior is in his bedroom, with the ceiling now intact. He wakes to find he has had an orgasm during his sleep. He rings his friend Belize at the hospital to tell him and explains that it was an Angel that aroused him. He also admits that he is scared, yet full of hope. While Belize is on the phone, Roy Cohn’s doctor, Henry, appears trying to get his