Jessie - This character, who is the mother of the three siblings in the play, died years before the play begins.
Joey - The youngest sibling who has hopes of becoming a professional boxer.
Lenny - This character, a pimp with a string of prostitutes, attempts to dominate his sibling's spouse.
MacGregor - A ruffian friend of the head of the household, this character had a "close relationship" with the retired butcher's spouse.
Max - This seventy year-old character is head of the household and is a shrewd, crude, brutish retired butcher.
Ruth - This character, who first appears in the second scene of the play, immediately displays an independent streak and eventually takes control and makes the choice to stay with the family.
Sam - The gentle and sensitive co-owner of the house is a chauffeur for a car rental service.
Teddy - The eldest son...
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