Grady Davis - 28. Black. Lawyer/Author/Law Professor/MSNBC legal analyst. Very smart. A rising star in academia and media. Living in NYC, makes good money. Grew up in upper middle-class family in Boston. His parents were both academics at Harvard and Boston College.
Adrian Armstrong - late 20s/early 30s. White. Journalist living in NYC, writes for the NY Times, makes decent money though not nearly as much as Grady. He comes from a bluecollar family, went to Columbia University on a scholarship. Friend of Grady.
Jackson Miller - late 20s/early 30s. Black slave of George and Hannah Miller. A stable hand on the plantation. He loves horses. He is a quiet man, sensitive.
Charlotte Miller - 20s. Wife of Jackson Miller. GGGG-grandmother of Grady. Black slave of George and Hannah Miller. She is smart and literate.
George Miller - late 20s/early 30s. GGGG-grandfather of Adrian. White plantation and slave owner. Married to Hannah Miller and has three young children. Doesn’t particularly like running the plantation but was born into it. Loves horses and riding. Sensitive, loves poetry and sonnets.
Hannah Miller - 20s. GGGG-grandmother of Adrian. White, wife of George. Has three young children. Obedient wife, often passive, but can show a different side.
Rebecca Miller - 50s, mother of George Miller. Nasty, the epitome of the evil slave owner. Entitled. Bored with her life, she vents her anger on the slaves.
Betsy Miller - 18, younger sister of Charlotte Miller. She is a field hand.
Abigail, Ben, and Jacob - 16-18, field hands.
Lucy - 16, field hand.
Chorus - 3 West African/Yoruban women of indeterminate age.