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[KENNY] (late 40’s) Ryan’s father and longtime coal miner. He and his brother Zeke, live next door to one another, work together, but have barely said a word in fifteen years. Kenny is an alcoholic and is tough on Ryan. But he is a war hero, great friend, and hardworking, tough, reliable coal miner.
[JOHN] (50’s) Coal miner, war veteran, and Kenny’s closest friend. He is a sturdy, dependable, tireless worker that doesn’t take anything too seriously, except when he is working underground and the men must depend on one another for survival.
[ZEKE] (50) Section leader at the coal mine. He is Kenny’s older brother, Ryan’s uncle. With ever growing safety concerns at the mine, Zeke struggles with the correct course of action, weighing on one hand the safety of his men, and on the other, the need to earn a steady wage in an economically depressed region.