Cover photo by Megan Terry

Goona Goona

Megan Terry, music Lynn Herrick, structured Jo Ann Schmidman
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A comic, gymnastic extravaganza about family.

Production Info

Cast: 10 total (6 female, 4 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“It’s tough to imagine ‘a comic, gymnastic extravaganza about family aggression,’ but the Omaha Magic Theater has done it. Avant garde playwright Megan Terry’s new play GOONA GOONA concerns child abuse as told to Punch and Judy, the story of a nuclear family meltdown is stylized to absurdity … GOONA GOONA may be the best play the Magic Theater has staged.” —Roger Catlin, Omaha World-Herald

“Megan Terry’s GOONA GOONA turns out to be a racy, raucous and instructive piece of avant garde action theater somewhere this side of Grand Guignol and Artaud’s theater of cruelty. It’s a ‘musical’ that is also educational, not only about family violence but also about a whole clutch of middle-class American attitudes. It plays like a cross between a circus and a surrealist sermon … The play is a fascinating, always interesting exploration of the uses of the stage.” —Joan Bunke, The Des Moines Register

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.

  • Lynn Herrick

    Lynn Herrick composed the music for GOONA GOONA.

  • Jo Ann Schmidman

    Jo Ann Schmidman is a playwright and founder and artistic director The Magic Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska. She is the author, with Megan Terry, of many plays, including GOONA GOONA.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 1/1/1992
Pages 70
ISBN 9780881451016

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by the Omaha Magic Theater

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Goona Goona is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC