STAN KALINSKI (37) -- An electrician. Polish Catholic. The dependable brother, who everybody leans on and calls fi rst, ever since their parents died.
“KAL” KALINSKI (34) -- Stan’s brother. A truck driver with a local route.
JANIE KALINSKI (34) -- Stan’s sister-in-law. A physical therapist and runner. Her husband has just died.
*DONNA KALINSKI (35) -- Stan’s wife. Works at home and takes care of their kids. (*Voice only -- can be double-cast.)
DAN HANLON (28) An English professor at the local community college. Quiet and bookish. He is dying.
STEPHEN MILLER (32) A landscaper. Hard-working and smart-assed, most of the time. He’s been with Dan for seven years.
LIZ MILLER (29) An interior designer. Dressed with casual quirkiness. Stephen’s sister.
JOE STRICKLIN (38) Katie’s ex-husband. They have three daughters --17, 14 and 12 -- who are with Katie and Tony during the week and Joe on the weekends. Joe works at Wilco Farmer’s Co-Op (which sells everything from chicken feed to John Deere tractors). He likes to drink a couple beers in the evening and fi ddle with car engines with old Stones albums playing in the background.
KATIE LIU (38) Tony’s wife, Joe’s ex-wife. Not Asian American, but took Tony’s name when they married eight years ago. She is dying. She was a cheerleader when she and Joe were in high school together, high-energy and confident, not ditzy. She’s paler and thinner, now, and has lost her hair (her head is covered in a bright scarf).
TONY LIU (52) Katie’s husband, Asian American. He’s a sales manager at the paper mill. Plays golf, and goes to competitions around the state regularly. Steady and even-tempered (except with Joe, who can light his fuse like nobody he’s ever met). His marriage to Katie is his fi rst marriage.
MARY OLIVER (42) She was married to her husband, Roger, for thirteen years, but he died eighteen months ago. She hasn’t been on a date since she dated him.
FRANK HARPER (45) He’s worked at the hardware store in town for twenty years. A guy’s guy, but personable. Today, he’s been drinking.
FATHER SEBASTIAN (70) A Catholic priest. He takes his job seriously, but has a sense of humor. Fond of potlucks and college basketball.
JAKE HARRISON (65) A retired electrician, who preferred working to retirement.
ANNE HARRISON (60) Jake’s second wife. Elegant, even in unelegant surroundings.
APRIL MERRIWEATHER (24) Assistant Manager at Belle Passi Cemetery-- an old pioneer cemetery out in the country where being assistant manager means you only have to mow lawn every other week. Young and sincere.