Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)


Raye, an Anglo man, forty to sixty years old. Raye takes the part of a nineteenth century Jewish immigrant from Lithuania. He tells how his people were persecuted in Europe and how wonderful America seemed to him on his arrival. Later, he dons a comical wig to portray the overbearing host of the Green Card Show. He also plays a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who describes the Cambodian people in a patronizing and stereotypical manner.


Jesse, a young Latin man. Jesse plays a nightclub comic who spews out racial slurs for ironic effect, in the manner of Lenny Bruce. Later, he takes the role of an illegal alien from El Salvador who has been arrested by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He describes the harsh treatment he received at the alien detention center.


Rosalind, a young Asian woman. She acts as a pronunciation guide for Asian names in the second act.


George, a Latin man, twenty to forty years old. He portrays a sleazy television evangelist. Later, he plays an Indian peasant in Central America, and he recounts the persecution his family suffered there.


Jim, an Asian man in his fifties. He plays a CIA employee who narrates a slide show justifying America’s support of the right-wing death squads in El Salvador.


Dana, an Asian man,...

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