The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois:
STEPHEN SPINELLA (Prior in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, 1988-94): Every time I played him he got more confident. I think Tony constructed the perfect guy to go through all that. He became more tenacious the sicker he got. And he just got stronger and more confident the sicker he got. He begins the play terrified. The terror never really goes away—it’s the way he deals with the terror.