Cover photo by Megan Terry

Babes in the Bighouse

Megan Terry

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Subtitled “A Documentary Fantasy Musical About Life in Prison,” BABES IN THE BIGHOUSE explores feminism, sexuality, and the degradation of women.

Production Info

Cast: 10 total (10 female)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“The work of no other contemporary American playwright can boast the extraordinary scope of that of Megan Terry. In the course of over thirty years her collected plays have become a virtual compendium of the styles of modern drama, ranging from collaborative ensemble work to performance art to naturalism … Beginning with her earliest work, she has devised a politically and socially activist theater, using a diversity of nonrealistic forms to challenge a culture which has systematically disparaged nonlinear drama. Megan Terry remains a key figure in the development of the American alternative theater.” —David Savran, In Their Own Words: Contemporary American Playwrights

“BABES IN THE BIGHOUSE is a wildly varying production, with situations so funny they’re sad, so tragic they’re hilarious. The characters are acid-strong.” —Steve Jordan, Omaha World-Herald

“BABES is a funny, shocking, affecting piece of theater. Ms Terry’s jazz-like verbal constructions were absolutely great.” —Maggie Hawthorn, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Megan Terry, like Kafka did in The Trial, uses razor-honed, sardonic gallows humor to coax empathy and understanding — so her theme — the dehumanization of incarcerated people aided and abetted by sexist stereotyping and sadism — comes across with even greater power and urgency.” —Victor Livingston, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin

“With BABES IN THE BIGHOUSE, Terry’s development achieves a new precise fluid force and cohesion. In a gesture similar to one Caryl Churchill would make in Britain a few years later, Terry and Schmidman cast men as well as women in the roles of the female prisoners and matrons … [thus] we quickly accept that our perceptions of gender are based on social roles, gestures and styles.” —Helene Keyssar, Feminist Theater

About the Author


  • Megan Terry

    Megan Terry's plays include BREAKFAST SERIAL, CALM DOWN MOTHER, KEEP TIGHTLY CLOSED IN A COOL DRY PLACE, HOTHOUSE, EX-MISS COPPER QUEEN ON A SET OF PILLS, THE PEOPLE VS RANCHMAN, GOONA GOONA, MOLLIE BAILEY'S TRAVELING FAMILY CIRCUS: FEATURING SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF MOTHER JONES, PRO GAME, BODY LEAKS, SOUND FIELDS, and OBJECTIVE LOVE. She published over forty-five plays. Most have been translated and produced worldwide. She won a number of major writing awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Obie Award for APPROACHING SIMONE. She was elected to lifetime membership by the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, installation at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, in recognition of: "Distinguished service to the profession by an individual of acknowledged national stature." In 1992 she was named Nebraska Artist of the Year. Ms Terry was a photographer and co-editor of Right Brain Vacation Photos, New Plays and Production Photographs 1972 – 1992. Ms Terry had a degree from the University of Washington, certificates in acting, directing, and design from the Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada, and was awarded the Yale-ABC Fellowship: Writing for the Camera at Yale University. She had a long association with the Omaha Magic Theatre, in Omaha, Nebraska, as playwright in residence, photographer, performer, and musician. She died on April 12, 2023 in Omaha. She was 90.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/25/2017
Pages 94
ISBN 9780881457209

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Babes in the Bighouse is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC