Joe Pitt’s mother, Hannah Pitt is a devoutly Mormon woman, disliked by many of her neighbors and friends, who moves to New York City after Joe comes out to her as gay. Hannah doesn’t approve of her son’s sexuality, and yet she seems more in touch with her imagination and her creative side than many of the other characters—this means that Hannah is capable of changing her mind about things and broadening her perspective on life. In this way, Hannah comes to befriend Prior Walter, another openly gay man, in spite of her religious beliefs. In the play’s epilogue, we learn that Hannah is still spending time with Louis, Belize, and Prior five years after the events of the play, suggesting that she may have come around to the gay community after all.
The timeline below shows where the character Hannah Pitt appears in Angels in America. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Millennium Approaches: Act 2, Scene 8
Millennium Approaches: Act 2, Scene 10
Millennium Approaches: Act 3, Scene 4
...begins yelling at herself, saying, “Shut up!” She then makes grotesque slurping noises, and tells Hannah a strange joke about the Polish. She asks Hannah if she’s heard of Nostradamus, the... (full context)
Perestroika: Act 1, Scene 4
Perestroika: Act 1, Scene 7
Perestroika: Act 3, Scene 2
...A sign announces that this is the Diorama Room of the Mormon Visitors’ Center, where Hannah volunteers. Harper sits in the room, eating candy and junk food. (The audience notices that... (full context)
Perestroika: Act 4, Scene 4
After Joe leaves the Visitors’ Center, Prior walks in. He exclaims, “He’s a Mormon, too?” Hannah asks Prior if he knows Joe, and Prior nods. Hannah asks Prior other questions—if Prior... (full context)
Perestroika: Act 4, Scene 6
Perestroika: Act 5, Scene 1
Perestroika: Act 5, Scene 7
...Cold War is over: Gorbachev has brought in a new era of Perestroika and peace. Hannah is more skeptical, however. She wonders what’s going to replace Communism in Yugoslavia and other... (full context)