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Chamizal National Memorial presents "Ground" on August 3-5


Ground by Lisa Dillman examines the bonds of family and community when tested by circumstance, personal conviction, and shifting political and societal norms. Zell Preston inherits her father's struggling pecan farm and moves back to her childhood home in Fronteras, New Mexico. She finds the once-united border community completely changed: the government is cracking down on undocumented immigration, families are divided, and neighbors are in conflict.

Chuy Gallegos, a foreman at the Preston farm for 30 years, demands the piece of land he says Zell's father promised him long ago. Ines Sandoval and her sister, Angie Zelaya, contend for the return of their recently-deported aunt. The community, and even his family, force Angie's husband, Carl, to justify his employment with the Border Patrol. Cooper Daniels, an industrial pecan grower, leads a civilian border surveillance group and decides to build a border fence with the help of volunteers. These polarized personae are poised to clash in Ground.

Cast and Crew

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Carlos Zelaya

interpreted by

Frank Lopez

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Angie Zelaya

interpreted by

Paola Rayos

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Zelda "Zell" Preston

interpreted by

Daniela Chavez

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Ines Sandoval

interpreted by

Yanira Otiz

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Cooper Daniels

interpreted by

Estevan Herrera

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Cooper Daniels

interpreted by

Rodney Sauter

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Chuy Gallegos

interpreted by

Ivan Reveles


Stage Manager and Props

Jerome Flood

Set Forman and Sound

Arturo Garcia

Directors and Concept Design

Frank Lopez
Danielle Hernandez

Scene and Light Design

Danielle Hernandez

Performance Information

Dates and Times

  • Friday, August 3, 2018 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 2 pm

The Chamizal National Memorial Cultural Center closes daily at 5 pm according to regular hours. It will open again at 6 pm before the Friday and Saturday performances.

What You Should Know

Admission is free and available first come first served. Due to some violent scenes, this play is not suggested for younger children. For more information, contact our visitor information desk at 915-532-7273 ext.126.

Theater Rules

Please follow theater rules and practice common courtesy for a clean, safe, and enjoyable experience for all. Remember to:

  • Arrive on time. Late arrivals must wait until intermission to enter.
  • Silence your phone.
  • Refrain from taking photos.
  • Dispose of any food or drink before entering the theater.

Last updated: August 2, 2018

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