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Clayton (Clay) Carter is the husband of Edna; he is in his 30s. He is a former hustler with a huge heart who is committed to turning his life around by opening a legitimate and legal business. He is a self-made man who made his way to Memphis by hopping a train from Greenville, MS along with his cousin Turner. Hustling became his survival, but the hard life had taken its toll and he promised himself and wife that he would change his life for the better.
Turner Davis (early 30’s), cousin of Clay Carter is a fun-loving spirit who has lived the life of a hustler. He is uneducated, yet he is an excellent pool shark and poker player, he relies on these skills to supplement his meager income as a laborer in order to survive. Turner is married to Maxine and desires to clean up his life and make an honest living. However, memories of the past threaten his ability to leave that life.
Maxine Davis (early 30s) is the wife of Turner Davis. She clearly loves her husband but doesn't know how to get through to him and has grown weary of his unpredictable lifestyle and threatens to end the marriage.
Humble and dedicated, she stands by her husband Clay through thick and thin. Somewhat shy but observant and smart. Her humility can sometimes be mistaken for weakness; however, she is a very formidable woman of sacrifice, great strength, and deep spiritual wisdom.
Maxine’s brother who has been in her care because her mother is unable to adequately take care of him. Lorne is a high school senior, very bright and a talented musician. Maxine is determined that he gets a college education while Lorne dreams of becoming a famous musician like those he has encountered down on Beale Street.
Maxine’s oldest and best friend. She is married and supports Maxine throughout her struggles. She understands Maxine in a very personal way and has been there in her darkest moments.
A flirtatious hostess who works at Clay’s Place. She was recruited by Edna who is trying to help her to stay off the streets. Orphaned by her parents, Edna has become a mother-figure to her.
A gangster trying to present himself as a business man; however, he is involved in organized crime and becomes an investor in Clay’s Place.
Friend of Clay and Turner, patron of Clay’s Place and poker player. Lucky is a womanizer, he is very braggadocious.
Also known as ‘Big Ron’, friend of Clay and Turner and patron of Clay’s place and poker player. Ronnie is loud fun and likes to tell tall tales of entertainers he claims to know.
Friend and fellow poker card player, Wilbur is educated and likes to talk news and politics.
Friend and fellow poker player (older) likes to impart wisdom. Likes to quote proverbs and wise sayings. Sid is a skillful poker player on Saturday nights and a dedicated deacon on Sunday morning.