Continental Divide is a groundbreaking double bill, Daughters of the Revolution and Mothers Against, covers both the Democratic and Republican camps of a contemporary West Coast gubernatorial campaign. Both plays explore the revolutionary fervor that took hold of both the political Right and Left in the 1960s and how it continues to resonate throughout multiple generations.
In Mothers Against, Sheldon Vine, the Republican candidate for governor in a very tight race, has gathered his key advisors five weeks before the election to prepare for the pivotal debate with his Democratic opponent. Vine's own leanings are decidedly libertarian but if revealed, he risks alienating voters and losing the election. Over the course of the weekend one thing becomes clear: the battle that he must fight with his advisors - including his own family - over what kind of campaign to run, is the most crucial of his career with implications that could change his entire life.
Daughters of the Revolution follows Michael Bern, a community college dean, who discovers that the political collective of which he was a prominent member in the '60s has been infiltrated and betrayed to the FBI by one of their own - a betrayal with consequences for Michael's career and marriage long after he had left his radical past behind. As he journeys through the labyrinth of the Democratic campaign to find the traitor, he must come to terms with the successes and failures encountered in the pursuit of his political ideals.