Published in volume Continental Divide
A political thriller set in the midst of a bitterly fought US governor's election, from the Democrat perspective.
Daughters of the Revolution
is one part of David Edgar's magnificent two-play cycle, Continental Divide
. Its companion play, Mothers Against
, explores the same election from the Republican side.
The plays were jointly commissioned and produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. They were first performed in Ashland, Oregon, as part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in March 2003 before transferring to Berkeley Repertory Theatre in November 2003.
Continental Divide received its UK premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in March 2004. It subsequently played at the Barbican, London, as part of the BITE Festival, in March 2004.
"In the big, bold Daughters of the Revolution, [Edgar] uses a political thriller to show how the 1960s' radical baby-boomers turned into today's bland conformists. The action starts with a birthday gift to an ex-activist of his FBI file. This leads him on an obsessive quest to identify the informer who in 1972 betrayed his revolutionary cell." The Guardian