The play is about a very old village in the high desert called Perea. Today it is a collection of structures of modest historical interest on an abandoned alignment of Old Route 66. Perea's Bar, focus of the story, was built on an ancient Tiquex Indian pueblo ruin, if the roadside marker is to be believed.
Down the highway a bit is a large old adobe - Perea Hacienda. Next to it is a gas station and motor court. Behind the motor court cabins is a salvage yard turned land art project - a gigantic pile of cars and trucks arranged in an ascending spiral over 200 feet at its center where three large school buses housed a coffee shop and two Airbnb apartments. The owner, a retired teacher named Chocky, called it Pereaville.
East from the salvage yard was a spectacular view of the large purple mountain across the undeveloped mesa. This is the old Perea Land Grant. Only a third of its original size, today the 22,000 acres are owned by Cozy Y LLC and the company is proposing another housing development - Apostrophy - to the county board.