Five weeks to election day, the polls on a knife edge, Republican candidate for governor Sheldon Vine gathers his key advisors at the family home to prep the big televised debate with his Democrat opponent. Soon it is clear that the most dangerous divisions are within the Republican campaign, as Vine's brother (and campaign chair) and tries to force the candidate to trim his principles. The arrival of Vine's radical daughter and a beautiful right-wing radio "pundette" only increases the tensions within the campaign, which come to an explosive climax in a full-scale mock debate. Finally, Sheldon, his brother and his wife confront the resentments and betrayals of the past, facing the candidate with a choice between his principles and victory.
MOTHERS AGAINST is a companion piece to DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION. Set against the background of the same fictional west coast governor's election (MOTHERS AGAINST about the republican campaign, DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION set among the democrats), the plays stand alone but are enriched by being seen as a pair (jointly titled CONTINENTAL DIVIDE). The cycle is designed so that the eight actors in MOTHERS AGAINST play parts in DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION, which has a cast of fifteen. "…a total triumph." —Guardian (London). "…hugely impressive…this is an incisive, dense, intelligent, informative cycle." —Times (London). "Edgar's writing has a vigour, a swagger, a taut, tense texture that portrays men and women in the white heat of ambition, duplicity, conscience and tortured idealism." —Sunday Times (London). "Overwelming…This is a drama about America as it was before George W. Bush, and—we can pray—might one day be again." —Observer (London). "What Edgar has to say is breathtakingly timely. CONTINENTAL DIVIDE is theater as salt lick. You lap it up." —NY Times. "Heady, impassioned and unfalteringly politically engaged…as exciting in ambition as it is penetrating." —San Francisco Chronicle.