PETER SZCZEPANEK - 35+, insecure about his looks, secure about his homosexuality, vulnerable, very VERY funny, good blue-collar Catholic boy raised in Queens who made the very long trip into Manhattan to have an interesting life.
MADELINE NEWELL - 35+, insecure about her looks, chubby or more, heterosexual, very VERY funny, good blue-collar Catholic girl raised in Queens who made the very long trip into Manhattan to go to NYU so she could have an interesting life.
CHARLIE SZCZEPANEK - 58 or so, about to retire from the NYPD where he's had a desk job after 20 years as a homicide detective an ten years on the beat. A widower of several years and Pete's father.
BERNICE NEWELL - early sixties, not in good health, bur irascible and matter-of-fact. Tough old broad, Madeline's mother.
JACKIE - 17, from Midwest, on the street for a year or so, a hooker who dances to taped music.
STEVEN - an anal, cheerful date of Peter's
JOE'S LOVER - 30+. speaks at Joe's memorial service
CHRIS - an old boyfriend of Peter's now quite ill
DAVID - a flirty male teacher who works with Madeline at the elementary school and pretends to be heterosexual
BRAD - a waiter at Peter's favorite bar called the Morocco
RUBY - an older transvestite who also works at the Moroccan
HANK - one-time boyfriend of Madeline's that she thought she was cured of. Would rather watch football than have sex. Jealous of Peter.
STARVOS - Greek man who lives on Mykonos and sleeps with tourists.
DALE WILLIAMSON - frol Duluth, Minnesota and in her fifties, traveling with a group of Americans, single and looking for fun.
DORIS - older gay woman, forty-five or so, who is alone and goes to the girl bar to pick up someone.
SANNY - an old guy of questionable sexuality who's lived in Brooklyn all his life.
ARAPAHOE - beautiful Native American man who's been circling the earth for a long time, carrying souls of the dying and just-dead.