California Gubernatorial Race Heats Up in World Premiere Drama, Continental Divide, Nov. 6-Dec. 2

News   California Gubernatorial Race Heats Up in World Premiere Drama, Continental Divide, Nov. 6-Dec. 2 The world premiere co-production of David Edgar's gubernatorial-campaign, two-play cycle called Continental Divide begins at Berkeley Repertory Theatre Nov. 6, following its run at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in March.
Mark Murphey as Michael Bern in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Mark Murphey as Michael Bern in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Photo by David Cooper

Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone helms the work which comprises the two plays Daughters of the Revolution and Mothers Against in repertory at The Roda Theatre through Dec. 28.

The two related plays, which can be seen in either order, officially open Nov. 16 — Mothers Against at 2 PM and Daughters of the Revolution at 7 PM.

British playwright Edgar (Pentecost, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby) explores American politics through both sides of a gubernatorial race — a subject not lost on California audiences.

"California has always been a place where, across party lines, people attempt to create their ideal Utopia," the writer said."Beyond the political themes examined in the plays, Continental Divide explores what happens when people lose faith in their power to reinvent themselves."

Mothers Against focuses on Republican candidate Sheldon Vine who prepares for the big debate in the heated election. A leaning libertarian, he struggles with his advisors, his family and himself over how to run his campaign. Daughters of the Revolution finds Democratic Michael Bern, a former radical learns the political collective which he was once a key figure of is now has come under the scrutiny of the FBI — which now threaten to affect his career and marriage.

The cast of Mothers Against includes Tony De Bruno, Michael Elich, Bill Geisslinger, Robynn Rodriguez, Susannah Schulman, Vilma Silva, Derrick Lee Weedon and Christine Williams — who all reprise their roles from the Oregon run. Daughters of the Revolution stars newcomers Michelle Duffy, Marielle Heller, Lorri Holt, Terry Layman, Craig W. Marker, Jacob Ming-Trent and Melissa Smith.

The Continental Divide design team features William Bloodgood (scenic), Deborah M. Dryden (costume), Alexander V. Nichols (lighting and projections) and Jeremy J. Lee (sound).

For tickets to Continental Divide at Berkeley Rep, 2015 Addison Street, call (510) 647-2949 or toll free at (888) 4-BRT-Tix. For more information, visit www.berkeleyrep.org.