Mothers Against
Published in volume Continental Divide
First Staged:
USA 2003; Barbican, London, & Birmingham Rep Theatre, 2004

Mothers Against

By David Edgar
Published in volume Continental Divide

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.

Press Quotes

'A total triumph'


Also by David Edgar:

Playing With Fire
The Master Builder
Albert Speer
Maydays (2018 version)
How Plays Work (revised and updated edition)
Written on the Heart
A Time to Keep
A Christmas Carol (RSC stage version)
Daughters of the Revolution
The Prisoner's Dilemma
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (stage version)
Trying It On
Arthur & George (stage version)
Edgar: Shorts
If Only
Continental Divide
Maydays & Trying It On: two plays
The Shape of the Table
Testing the Echo

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