CARL ZELAYA, 35, Mexican-American. Lifelong resident of Fronteras. A border patrolman for the past year.
ZELDA PRESTON, 35, Anglo-American. Originally from Fronteras, she left her father’s farm at sixteen, returning only for sporadic visits in the intervening years. At the beginning of the play, it has been about 20 years since the farm was her home. She is of Fronteras,
but also a stranger there.
ANGIE (OCHOA) ZELAYA, 34, Mexican-American. Married to Carl, she is a lifelong Fronteras resident. She works the underground economy, cutting hair, cleaning houses, and selling home-made foods.
COOPER (“COOP”) DANIELS, early 60s, Anglo-American. Lifelong Fronteras resident. A commercial pecan grower and the local spokesperson for the civilian border defense organization Citizens Alliance.
CHUY GALLEGOS, mid-50s. Born in Mexico, he came to the U.S. as a very young man. An expert on pecan farming, he has served as the Preston farm’s foreman more than thirty years.
INES (OCHOA) SANDOVAL, 21, Mexican-american. Lifelong Fronteras resident and Angie’s younger sister. Six months pregnant, she lives alone in a trailer on the outskirts of Fronteras. Her husband of two years, Georgie, is stationed in Iraq.