Sandra - 50, Black, descended from generations of free Blacks, on her maternal side, Chairman gene, Renny's sister, and the only member of the family who learned ASL.
Renesha, - 39, goes by Renny, Deaf from birth, the only person who is not terrified of Sandra. Sandra's baby sister.
Flight attendant, 24, lives to serve. (Flight attendant and Present can double)
Past Ancestor/Nana Janie - 5th great grandmother, 435, but for the purpose of this play, she's 30, her age when baked her first apple pie. A Black Tudor, immigrated from England in 1587, as the wife of a navy Admiral. (Past and Millicente can double)
Present Ancestor/Mama Zia, 24, died giving birth to her youngest daughter, Renesha.
Future Ancestor/Andy, 8, Deaf, has the potential to break the cycle. (Future and Little girl on Plane can double)
Amanirenas, the queen of the Kingdom of Kush. Reported to have lost an eye in battle, her voice brings everyone to attention.
Captain: Voice over
Deaf actors should ALWAYS play Renesha and Future.