Kiss Bessemer Goodbye is a quintessential American play about the lives of a Mexican American family living in Bessemer, Colorado in the 1970's. Lupita, the first family member to attend university, is about to graduate, a cause for celebration. The festivities turn to upheaval when she announces that instead of taking a job at a local school which was pre-arranged by her uncle, she will be moving away with her Japanese-American boyfriend. The celebration is also dimmed by Lupita's uncle, Joe, who suffers from depression since being laid off because of an ongoing strike at the steel mill. The play throws light on issues affecting a middle class Mexican-American family of the 1970's (paralleling the economic and social situation in 2010).