Play It as It Lays Character Descriptions

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Maria Wyeth

This character is the thirty-one year-old protagonist of the novel, whose upbringing in Nevada leads to a life of acting, marriage, divorce, and parenthood in Los Angeles.

Carter Lang

This character is the divorced spouse of the main protagonist, who is a director and adulterer.


This character is the child of the main character, who lives at a mental health facility.

Benny Austin

This minor character is the godparent of the protagonist and represents an important link to the main character's past.


This character is a Hollywood producer who is friends with the protagonist and commits suicide.


This character is the spouse of the Hollywood producer who commits suicide, and has the protagonist committed to a mental institution.

Freddy Chaikin

This character is the agent for the protagonist who attempts to protect his client from bad PR, and acts as the only person...

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