A gripping account of a bitterly fought US governor's election, told from the Republican perspective. Part of David Edgar's magnificent two-play cycle, Continental Divide.
Mothers Against focuses on the attempts of Sheldon Vine to become Republican Governor of an unnamed west-coast state. The play takes place at the 'boot camp' where his campaign team trains him up for the critical televised debate against his liberal, Democratic opponent.
The companion play Daughters of the Revolution explores the same election from the Democrat 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.
"A total triumph." The Guardian