Faith Part I:
GRANDMOTHER - 60, she imparts the ancient words of wisdom handed down from her ancestors. (Can be double cast by the actor who plays Lupe)
YOUNG ESPERANZA - 15, she is strong and determined to get the man she loves. (Can be double cast by the actor who plays Elena)
YOUNG SILVESTRE - 20, runs away with Young Esperanza. (Can be double cast by the actor who plays Freddie)
ESPERANZA - 30s, grown with three daughters. She tries to raise her daughters with an iron hand while her husband works in the mine.
SILVESTRE - 40, Esperanza’s husband, is a copper miner and becoming disillusioned with the working conditions. He begins to organize the miners.
FAITH - 16, their oldest daughter, is as strong willed and determined as Esperanza. She wants to be a singer more than anything else in the world.
CHARITY - 15, their middle daughter, is patriotic and loves President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and wants to be American, not Mexican.
ELENA - 13, their youngest daughter is stuck between childhood and womanhood. She pees in bed, farts in her sleep and can’t keep a secret.
LUPE - 50, Esperanza’s friend and confidant, has sensuous thoughts about men and flirts with Ricardo Flores. She is left to watch the girls when Esperanza has to return to Mexico.
RICARDO FLORES - 40, a local radio personality who promises to make Faith’s dreams come true.
FREDDIE - 18, falls in love with Charity and leaves to fight in WWII.
CHARLIE - 15, has a mad crush on Faith, but she thinks he’s a kid.
Hope Part II:
ELENA - 30s, now married with children of her own, must face her husband's infidelity.
CARLOS (CHARLIE IN PART I) - is a good provider, but cheats on Elena and beats his children.
ENRIQUE - 40s, Carlos’ friend and Elena’s confidante, is married to a woman who suffers from depression.
GINA - 17, Elena’s oldest daughter, is feisty and opinionated and bosses her younger siblings around.
BETTY - 16, is in love with President Kennedy and imagines having long conversations with him.
RUDY - 18, is in love with Gina.
JOHNNY - 15, thinks he’s a ladies man.
BOBBY - 14, is kind and quiet. Carlos calls him a “Mama’s boy.”
MARI - 40s, suffers from melancholy, Enrique’s wife.
JACK - President John F. Kennedy (can be played in silhouette).
FIDEL - Fidel Castro (can be played in silhouette).
Charity Part III:
GINA - 50s, mourns her son’s death in the Iraq war and is obsessed with Pope John Paul II funeral services.
RUDY - 50s, Gina’s husband, is torn between his own mourning and his new fondness of Juan Francisco.
VALENTINA - 20, Gina’s only daughter.
EMILIANO - 22, Gina’s dead son, talks to Esperanza in the upstairs bedroom.
SILVESTRE - 50s, Esperanza’s dead husband, comes to take Esperanza to the great beyond.
JUAN FRANCISCO - 20s, an unexpected relative who arrives from Mexico in search of the American dream.
JOHNNY - 50s, Gina’s brother, a Vietnam vet, still suffers from the horrors of the war.
BOBBY - 50s, Gina’s brother, a gay hair salon owner, gives Juan Francisco a job.
BETTY - 50s, Gina’s sister, still hasn’t found the right man. She shares her love problems with Esperanza.