Joe (played by Travis Kent) is a naive, 25-year-old white male techie and the lead in Burning Man: The Musical. He’s never been to Burning Man, but goes thinking it’s the best way for him to get ahead by networking with Silicon Valley elites. He’s driven by blind ambition to become a multimillionaire by age 30.
Sparkle Pony (played by Molly Gallagher) is Joe’s love interest in the first half of the musical. She represents the heart and spirit of Burning Man, although she comes off as a ditz. How far will their relationship go? What will happen when they return to the default world?
Bill the Billionaire (played by Yaron Urbas) is Joe’s Google Glass-wearing, Segway-riding boss. He represents the worst of Silicon Valley douchebags. However, he’s the best in his field. Joe aspires to be him and please his every whim in first half of musical, but later comes to despise him in the second half. Bill’s daughter, Catherine, is always at his side as his personal assistant.
Catherine (played by Mitzi Akaha) is Bill the Billionaire’s personal assistant and daughter. She becomes Joe’s love interest in the second half of the musical. She’s stuck in a bind between her father and Joe. On the one hand she wants to honor her family responsibility to her father. On the other hand, she wants to follow her true love: Joe. She changes sides between her father and Joe multiple times, and time will tell which one she ultimately chooses.
David (played by Forest Van Dyke) is Joe’s best friend who doesn’t want to go to Burning Man. He’s only heard bad things about it, and he doesn’t want to be “The Only Black Man in Black Rock City.” Will he come around to see Burning Man for what it truly is? Or will he refuse to attend, based on the negative press about Burning Man?
Hal the Hippie (played by Martin Pfefferkorn) is a veteran Burner. He’s a Yoda-like character who spews both nonsense and wisdom. He’s a former Merry Prankster who’s burnt out from acid, and in his roundabout way introduces Joe to the true spirit of Burning Man.
Chad (played by Tyler Milliron) is Joe’s nemesis. After going to Burning Man once, he thinks he knows everything about it and is “The Defender of Burning Man.” He’s hyper-competitive and constantly engages in one-upmanship. He wants to become Bill the Billionaire when he grows up, and does everything in his power to make sure that Joe fails and he succeeds.