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Wally is a forty-something father of three who has been
married to his wife, Gayle, for more than 20 years. He works in the
creative department of Shill Advertising, an ad agency, as a writer
and artist. In his younger years he used to play a lot of sports, but
now is pretty much relegated to cheering from the couch. A virtual
encyclopedia of useless knowledge, he loves to talk trivia with
his son, Andy. As he ages, Wally is trying to come to grips with where
his life is going, while reflecting on where his life has been.
Wally’s forty-something wife, Gayle is a devoted mother and
elementary school teacher. She tries to keep the kids active, despite the “help” she gets from her husband. She spends what leisure time she has watching home-improvement shows and concocting new projects
to keep Wally busy.
Andy is the youngest of Wally and Gayle’s three children.
He likes to play sports but is more likely to just watch them from
the comfort of the couch. He loves movies and TV and spends
most of his time in front of the TV screen.
Erin is the most active of the three children. She loves playing
softball and is very competitive. As the middle child, she has a
tendency to be a little sensitive.
Robin is a teenager who’s becoming aware of the world
outside of the family. She often butts heads with her parents,
especially Wally. She loves fashion, and refuses to wear
the same outfit twice.
When Wally gets to thinking about his life and takes stock
of what he’s become, he talks to himself in the form of
“Introspective Wally”. Introspective Wally is the sum total
of his hopes, dreams and self image. He is the person
inside of all of us that dreamt the big dreams and aspired
to greatness until life got in the way. He is bitingly sarcastic
and unrelenting in his mission not to let Wally settle into
a mundane, complacent existence.
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