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Note: Specified vocal ranges and ages are flexible.

Shah Wali (M, Afghan, early 20s and early 30s)  – Cautious and earnest, a reluctant militant trying to protect his mother. Tenor or baritone, sings wailing blues and rock songs. 

Malaly (F, Afghan, early 20s in Act 1, late 40s in Act 2) – Impatient and caring. Tries so hard to keep her family together that she breaks it apart. A soul-style singer, mid-range, sweet voice but slightly husky/edgy. 

Nazo (F, Afghan, 18 and mid-50s) – Rides the lines between sweet naïveté, pent up frustration and restrained cynicism as she watches her family and country go off the rails. Equally comfortable in soaring pop songs and moody ballads. 

Zalmay (M, Afghan, 20s) – Brash and fearless, a leader on the rise. Tenor or baritone, sounds like the lead singer of an arena rock band. 

Bacha (M, Afghan, 20s or 30s) – Gets swept up in love and violence. Tenor who sounds like quintessential leader of rock band, with a lot of power and some gravel in the voice. Sings driving rock songs and tender love ballads.

Sadozai (M, Afghan, 50s) – The family patriarch and village doctor, he fears for his children. A rich baritone, with gravitas. 

Fighters (M, Afghan, various ages) – They comprise the local Taliban in Act 1 and the mujahideen in Act 2.

Villagers (M&F, Afghan, various ages)