When Zell Preston inherits her father's struggling pecan farm and moves back to her childhood home in Fronteras, New Mexico, she fi nds that the once tight-knit border community has changed radically. The government has cracked down on the undocumented immigrant population, dividing families and pitting neighbor against neighbor. Chuy Gallegos, foreman at the Preston farm for 30 years, wants the piece of land he says Zell's father promised him long ago. Ines Sandoval and her sister Angie Zelaya lobby for the return of their recently deported aunt. Angie's husband Carl Zelaya defends to his community and family his choice to work for the Border Patrol. And Cooper Daniels, industrial pecan grower and head of a civilian border surveillance group, forges ahead with a volunteer-built fence. These forces collide in Ground , which examines the human costs of immigration policies, and the strength of personal beliefs about family, home, and civil rights in the face of a shifting political and social landscape.
"Breathtaking in every way." - Charles Whaley, TotalTheater.com"...Tackles the hot-button issue of illegal immigration." - David Shreward, Back Stage"The hot-button topic of controlling illegal immigration is presented in a highly personal context, so that the characters make choices based on distinct and individual motivations that are well delineated in the writing. It is an engrossing drama" – Keith Waits, Theatre Louisville
Premiered at the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays