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Prior Walter Prior Walter is a 30-year-old man living in New York with his lover, Louis, when he first develops symptoms of AIDS. Read More
Louis Ironson Louis Ironson is a gay Jewish man who lives in New York with his lover, Prior. Read More
Roy Cohn Roy Cohn is a lawyer, power broker, and former assistant to Senator Joseph McCarthy. He also helped secure the death penalty for Ethel Rosenberg, who haunts him. Roy Cohn acts as a father figure to Joe Pitt, who is his protégé. Read More
Joe Pitt Joe Pitt is a Mormon, originally from Utah, as well as a Republican lawyer and chief clerk to a federal judge. Joe is married to Harper and is Roy Cohn's protégé. Read More
Harper Pitt Harper Pitt is Joe's wife. Addicted to Valium and fantasy, she is nonetheless often capable of incisive intuition. Read More
The Angel The Angel is a composite celestial being of four powers of light, named Lumen, Candle, Phosphor, and Fluor. The Angel is also the spiritual totem of the Continental Principality of America and appears to Prior to charge him with becoming a prophet of "stasis." Although she is called "the Angel," she is one of seven angels in Angels in America.
Angel Africanii Angel Africanii represents Africa in heaven and is played by the same actor who plays Harper.
Angel Antarctica Angel Antarctica represents Antarctica in Heaven and is played by the same actor who plays Roy Cohn.
Angel Asiatica Angel Asiatica represents Asia in Heaven and is played by the same actor who plays Hannah.
Angel Australia Angel Australia represents Australia in Heaven and is played by the same actor who plays Louis.
Angel Europa Angel Europa represents Europe in Heaven and is played by the same actor who plays Joe.
Angel Oceania Angel Oceania represents Oceania in Heaven and is played by the same actor who plays Belize.
Belize Belize is a nurse and former drag queen who began life with the name Norman Arriaga, but the drag name Belize stuck.
Caleb Caleb is one of the sons in the mannequin family in a diorama in the Mormon Visitors' Center. He is played by same actor who plays Belize.
Sister Ella Chapter Sister Ella Chapter is the Salt Lake City realtor who sells Hannah Pitt's house. She is played by the actor playing the Angel.
Rabbi Chemelwitz Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz from the Bronx eulogizes Louis's grandmother, Sarah Ironson, and is played by the actor playing Hannah.
Emily Emily is a plainspoken, tough nurse who tends to Prior in the hospital and is played by the same actor who plays the Angel.
Eskimo The Eskimo inhabits Harper's drug-induced hallucination of Antarctica, even though Eskimos live in the Arctic region, and is played by the actor who plays Joe.
Henry Henry is Roy Cohn's doctor; he speaks plainly to Roy but tells the world Roy has liver cancer. Henry is played by the same actor who plays Hannah.
Homeless woman The homeless woman is mentally ill but gives Hannah Pitt directions to the Mormon Visitors' Center in Manhattan. The homeless woman is played by the same actor who plays the Angel.
Sarah Ironson Sarah Ironson is Louis's dead grandmother who emigrated from Europe in the early 20th century. She is played by the same actor who plays Louis.
The man in the park The man in the park cruises boldly for anonymous sex in Central Park but still lives with his parents. He is played by the same actor who plays Prior.
Martin Heller Martin Heller is a Washington power broker and Ed Meese's protégé. He is played by the same actor who plays Harper.
Mother Mother is a member of the mannequin family of pioneer Mormons in the Mormon Visitors' Center. She is played by the same actor who plays the Angel.
Mr. Lies Mr. Lies is a travel agent who shows up in Harper's drug-induced delusions. Mr. Lies is played by the same actor who plays Belize.
Orrin Orrin is one of the sons in the mannequin family in the Mormon Visitors' Center. He is played by the same actor who plays the Angel.
Hannah Pitt Hannah Pitt is the Mormon mother of Joe Pitt. She befriends Prior and shares a kiss with the Angel.
Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov is the oldest living Bolshevik and an opponent of progress. He is played by the same actor who plays Hannah.
Prior 1 Prior 1 is an ancestor of Prior Walter and lived through a plague in 13th-century England. He is played by the same actor who plays Joe.
Prior 2 Prior 2 is an ancestor of Prior Walter and lived through a plague in 17th-century England. He is played by the same actor who plays Roy Cohn.
Ethel Rosenberg Ethel Rosenberg was executed for treason along with her husband, Julius Rosenberg, in 1953. Ethel both haunts and comforts Roy Cohn, who played a large part in her conviction. She is played by the same actor who plays Hannah.
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