The first half of the two-part play, Angels in America. Millennium Approaches is set in the fall of 1985. Although as much comedic as tragic in tone, the play ambitiously takes on themes of Religion, morality and politics as seen through the eyes of its characters.
Much of the play deals with the breakup and breakdown of the relationship of Prior and Louis when Prior discovers he has AIDS. Prior becomes an unwilling prophet when he is selected by an Angel to receive Revelation. Louis, on the other hand, is left looking for answers and becomes involved with Joe, a closeted Mormon law clerk who is a protege of Roy Cohn.
Abandoned by her husband Joe, Harper sinks deeper into delusion and seeks a release from her pain. In their quest for answers, each of the characters struggle with larger questions of Justice, Love and the Nature of God.