IN GOD WE TRUST
Location: USA Hartford Ct.
CHARACTERS OF ‘IN GOD WE TRUST”
THE WATSON FAMILY
ROY LEE WATSON (35, African American) – Former sharecropper, husband, father of two and Muslim. Roy Lee moves his family from SC to CT to start a new life, but bad circumstances force him to into the drug trade, where he becomes a big player until he’s busted and sent to prison on a 20-year bid. He reforms himself and tries to keep his son from following in his footsteps.
BARBARA WATSON (33, African American) – Wife, mother of two and Muslim. She supports Roy Lee from the beginning and then works to support the children when Roy Lee is sent to prison. Faithful and with emotional strength, she later is hospitalized and dies from an undisclosed disease.
WAYNE WATSON (6, 17; African American) – Son and oldest child of Roy Lee and Barbara. Young Wayne is a smart-aleck to his sister, but a nice boy. Teen Wayne is a conscientious student-athlete who volunteers to support the family when their mother becomes sick. He admires his two friends Ray-Ray and Dedot for differing reasons and resists the pressure to join Ray-Ray in the drug game, but when an incident occurs that threatens his life, Ray-Ray rescues him and Wayne is absorbed into the culture; his life spiraling out of control.
TORY WATSON (4, 15; African American) – Daughter and youngest child of Roy Lee and Barbara. Young Tory likes to incite Wayne to get him in trouble, but is cute. Teen Tory is a typical, yet stoic little sister, especially when circumstances become harsh. She becomes especially close with Tasha, Wayne’s girlfriend, and helps care for Tasha when she is pregnant, and for their mother when she is sick.
OTHER PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS
TOP CAT (35, African American) – Hustler who becomes friends with Roy Lee, then partners with him as drug dealers. He mentors Roy Lee and the two become major players in their region before getting busted and sent to prison. He reforms himself in prison and becomes a Baptist minister, but cannot save his son from following the same he once walked.
TOO SWEET (40, African American) – Pimp who is mentor to Top Cat and befriends Roy Lee at the same time; he helps both of them get set up as major players in the drug game, but somehow escapes their fate and later reforms himself as a bishop of Top Cat’s church.
RAY-RAY (17, African American) – Son of Top Cat and Wayne’s best friend. He is a hustler like his father, rising further to become a major player, yet he is good to and protective of his humble friend and teammate on the high school basketball team. He rises to stardom in the drug world by introducing a harsh designer drug that causes an epidemic, and after saving Wayne from gangsters he takes him into his crew. But local and federal law enforcement is tailing him and eventually he’s gunned down while fleeing them.
DEDOT (25, African American) – Older friend of Wayne and Muslim. He is an entrepreneur, selling trinkets and services on behalf of his temple. He acts as an older brother-type to Wayne, knowing his background and as a favor for a fellow Muslim (Roy Lee). He also harbors a secret that is revealed during a community gathering. Dedot later takes on Roy Lee as business partner when he is released from prison.
TASHA (16, African American) – Wayne’s girlfriend and eventual mother of his son. She is pretty, firm and supportive; she is introduced by Ray-Ray and double dates with her best friend Monica and Ray-Ray. She stands by Wayne through thick and thin.
MONICA (16, African American) – Ray-Ray’s girlfriend and best friend of Tasha. She is pretty and tough, but endures much from Ray-Ray’s hustling. She supports his endeavors, but fears the consequences.
VANESSA – (20’s, Bi-Racial) – Customer of Wayne. Gorgeous woman with a regular job who also smokes crack, she seduces Wayne when he calls on her after Ray-Ray’s funeral.
DETECTIVE JONES (40’s, 50’s; Caucasian) Eventual lead narcotics detective who first busts Roy Lee and Top Cat, then later guns down Ray-Ray. A hard-nosed cop who is determined to clean up the city he was born and raised in, he is the main antagonist to both generations of drug dealers.
DETECTIVE FRANKS (40’s, 50’s; Caucasian) – Narcotics detective and Detective Jones’ partner during their investigation of Ray-Ray.
PRECIOUS (28, African American) undercover narc playing a bartender who gathers information on Roy Lee by befriending him and helping him make his deals. She is pretty and tender, but keeps her secret well.
MR. JOE (60’s, Caucasian) Transplanted southerner and owner of gas station where Roy Lee gets his first job. He’s skeptical of Roy Lee when he first meets him, but eventually they become friends and gives more responsibilities to him, if not more salary. He is later found dead after a robbery, in which Roy Lee is first suspected.
DETECTIVE STONEHAM (45, Caucasian) – homicide detective who suspects and grills Roy Lee while investigating Mr. Joe’s robbery/murder. He represents Roy Lee’s rude awakening to the North.
LANDLORD (50’s, African American) – Sympathetic character to Roy Lee’s plight, he extends his deadline for payment of arrears.
JUDGE GIBSON (60’s, 70’s; Caucasian) – District judge who sentences both Roy Lee and Top Cat to prison, and a generation later also sentences Ray-Ray’s associate Tony to prison.
LOVE BROTHER CREW:
LEVY (18, Bi-racial Jewish) – Trusted lieutenant to Ray-Ray. He handles distribution for their operations and de-facto leader in ray-Ray’s absence.
CHILL (18, African American) – Subordinate associate of the crew, he oversees a region in their territory. Outgoing, he tries to recruit Wayne into the crew.
CHANCE (18, African American) – Subordinate associate of the crew, who also oversees a region in their territory. He’s the funny guy of the crew.
TONY (17, Bi-racial Hispanic) – Also known as “Crazy Tony”, Ray-Ray’s enforcer. He’s wild and ready for action at all times. When he and Ray-Ray hit the Jamaican Posse, they are hunted by both them and law enforcement. He is captured when he knocks over a check-cashing store to escape prosecution, and later is killed in prison by vengeful Posse members.
All of them are Jamaican men in their mid-to-late twenties, some with dreadlocks. They are the antagonists to the Love Brother Crew after they threaten Wayne, then Ray-Ray and Tony retaliate.
OTHER PRINCIPAL & SPEAKING CHARACTERS
DETECTIVE BURRIS (30’s Caucasian) – Homicide detective and Stoneham’s partner.
DETECTIVE WOODS (40’s African American) – Crime Scene Investigator
STATION CAPTAIN (50’s, Caucasian)
(DETECTIVES/DEA AGENTS) (Various, 30’s-50s)
DEA AGENT 1
POLICE OFFICER 2
CRUISER OFFICER 1
ATTORNEY TAYLOR – (40’s, Caucasian) Roy Lee and Top Cat’s attorney.
JUNKIE 1 (RUNGAME RONALD) (30’s, 40’s) – Customer of both Roy Lee/Top Cat and Ray-Ray
JUNKIE 2 (BOOSTIN BILLY) (30’s, 40’s) – Customer of both Roy Lee/Top Cat and Ray-Ray
QUEEN (20’s, African American) Tough round-the-way girl who plays basketball with Wayne, Ray-Ray and Dedot. She beats up a rival player who insults her.
MIKE (20’s, African American) Customer of Ray-Ray’s and a police informant who helps set him up to be arrested.
CRACK HEAD (30’s African American) – Customer of Wayne; he makes a deal to let Wayne drive his expensive car for a few days in exchange for crack.
CUSTOMER (O.S.) – Can be MIKE
DRUG DEALER – (late teens/early 20’s, African American) Local drug dealer who buys from Love Brother Crew.
CITY BUS DRIVER
BASKETBALL PLAYER 1
HISPANIC GANG MEMBER
SPANISH LADY (TONY’S MOM)
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City or Location of call: USA Hartford Ct.
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