"Winding Reads" Character Synopsis
by Bryan Harnetiaux
Gil - late-sixties, recovering from a heart attack
Elizabeth - a nurse practitioner
Nan - Gil’s daughter, around forty
Fitz - Gil’s son, late thirties
Micah - Gil’s son, mid-thirties
by Angela Gant
Alpha Male (Jason) - the strongest and oldest male; he rules by fear, money, or stature; he often cheats on his wife with the Outside Female
Alpha Female (Elizabeth) - the oldest and strongest female
Second Banana (Charlie) - the homosexual step-brother of the Alpha Male who is always striving to move up
Subordinate Female (Kate) - the most headstrong and outspoken of the women
Adolescent Male (Isaac) - an awkward teenager who has few social skills; he is often spurned by Alpha Male
Adolescent Female (Jessie) - a cheerleader-type of adolescent; she is not very bright, but she is her father’s favorite
Outside Male (Austin) - the sometime-lover of Second Banana. He is an ethnicity other than Caucasian
Outside Female (Mary) - the other woman. She is an ethnicity other than Caucasian
Field Scientist - a male scientist studying different classes of primates. A cross between Jane Goodall and Mutual of Omaha
Jane - female assistant to the Field Scientist who does the Field Scientist’s grunt work and the tagging of the animals. She interacts with the subjects throughout the play, and is always on stage
by Elaine Romero
Amalia Portillo - 50’s, Latina. Divorced. A school principal. Not politicized. Owns a pecan orchard. Over-achiever. The memoir she is writing frames the play. Peels the onion away of her true heart as the present action of the play progresses.
César Marroquin - 24, undocumented worker from Mexico who works for Amalia. He is used to being self-sufficient.
Bud Harris - 55, Amalia’s superintendent, Caucasian. A recent widower. A member of the Minutemen Militia.
Samantha Ortiz - 29, Chicana reporter. An activist. Highly motivated. Over-achiever. Goes undercover as “Anna Moreno” to try to expose the Minutemen.
Laurie Harris - 19, Bud’s daughter, Caucasian. Book-lover. Has a heart that won’t quit.
Mike Harris - 27, Laurie’s older brother, Caucasian. Opposed to illegal immigration.
Gustavo - 26, Latino, César’s friend who works at a ranch. Warm-hearted. Gentle. The same actor also plays the Mexican-American activist.