Chamizal National Memorial is a historic site within the National Park Service and is directed by enabling legislation to commemorate the Chamizal treaty, which includes connected stories about the continuing relationship between the United States and Mexico and their border communities. The designers and first managers of Chamizal National Memorial envisioned a full performance theater for the park to tell the story it was established to commemorate, and this new initiative is trying to realize their original intent.
For the first time in over a quarter of a century, our theater staff has worked to carefully select a play based on the park's guiding themes and are casting, directing, producing, and even performing in Ground by Lisa Dillman. Through pieces such as this artistic representation of the Mexican American experience on the U.S.-Mexico border, we are able to enhance understanding of the park story and long-term relationship of these two nations. Our goal is to select performances that relate modern stories of the varied perspectives and experiences of people along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Performances driven by the park mission are also a way to involve the community in continuing to tell our relevant and significant story. The cast was selected from auditions at the Memorial, so this performance not only supports some local actors, but it orients them to the work of the National Park Service and Chamizal National Memorial.