- Virgil Earp – US Marshal
- Morgan Earp – Deputy Marshal
- Wyatt Earp – Faro dealer at the Oriental (ex-Marshal, retired)
- Doc Holliday – Gambler, gunman and dentist, dying slowly of tuberculosis.
- Sheriff John Behan – County sheriff (elected)
- Ike Clanton – Cowboy and loudmouth.
- Billy Clanton – His younger brother
- Tom Maclaury – Cowboy and rumoured cattle rustler
- Frank Maclaury – Cowboy and bloody good shot – soon to be bloody well shot
- Billy Claibourne – Cowboy
Scene 1 – The Oriental Saloon
The Oriental is quite a nicely appointed place with a long bar and a number of gaming tables to suit Poker and Faro. The evening is drawing to a close. Some folks’re ahead at cards, others are much poorer. Ike, in particular, is roaring drunk and near cleaned out by Doc at poker.
Fortunately, most people have handed their guns in behind the bar, in accordance with the town ordinances.
Scene 2 – The next morning…
Ike is sobering up in jail. Virgil is angry. Hot-headed words from the night before threatened violence towards the lawmen in Tombstone, if they was met on the street. Some of the Cowboys arrive in town to pick up Ike from the Jail.