Shelly Simpson: Stockard Channing, Fran Drescher, Sally Fields, Jessica Lange, Kirstie Alley
Rachel Robison: Aubrey Plaza, Lola Kirke,
Kaley Cuoco, Kat Dennings
RACHEL ROBINSON – Late 20’s, Rachel is a writer who feels stuck in Hawaii when she finds out her husband is cheating on her. She is befriended by Shelly who helps her find the strength to leave her husband. As the relationship develops, she and Shelly form a loving “ohana” (family) that affects Shelly’s outlook in life.
RAY - is Shelly’s seven year old, German Shepherd Dog. She spent her life savings purchasing and importing him from Germany to insure a “good” blood line, free of hip dysplasia. Ray is a brilliant dog and devoted to her. When Shelly and her wingnut separate, he is her only confidant and family.
He has a condition called Lumbar Spinal Stenosis complicated with Cauda Aquina. A once athletic dog who was trained in the sport of Schutzhund, he learned the basics of agility in one afternoon. He becomes Shelly’s service animal so is able to travel back and forth from Hawaii to California.
One of the symptoms of the condition is incontinence and he becomes dependent on Shelly for basic, daily evacuation. He eats raw food, mostly sheep that is abundant in Hawaii. Shelly has become a butcher by necessity and goes to sheep eradication where she must field dress the animals to save money. As his condition progresses and his health challenges
escalate, he remains tolerant and long-suffering.
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SHELLY SIMPSON – Late 50’s, Shelly is a charismatic and spiritual person who has a change of direction later in life by letting go of things that no longer serve her, such as her soon-to-be ex-husband, she calls him her wingnut. She lives with her German Shepherd and best friend, Ray, in the castle they built as she tries to stay afloat keeping her place from sinking financially and being threatened by the volcano’s wrath. She is the embodiment of the “Aloha” spirit.
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