Terry by Terry

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Terry by Terry is comprised of two one act plays connected by a central character. The first, Terry Won’t Talk, focuses on a young boy who refuses to speak and the failed efforts of his family, friends, and school to help him break his silence. In Terry Rex, Terry has grown up and become a playwright battling a severe case of writer’s block and sleep deprivation. Terry repays his friend’s efforts to help him with a barrage of invective that reflects both his brilliance and his inability to put his brilliance to good use. Although as a young boy Terry uses silence as a defense against the inanity of language, the older Terry uses language as a weapon.


Creative team


Mark Lieb

Directed by

John Madden

Set design by

Andrew Jackness

Costume design by

Nan Cibula

Lighting design by

Paul Gallo

Cast (Terry Rex)


Lisa Sloan


Robertson Dean


Marianne Owen


Marianne Owen

Marianne Owen returned to the A.R.T. this season to play Mrs. Sorby in The Wild Duck and The Mother in Six Characters in Search of an Author. She appeared in fourteen productions during the first four seasons at the A.R.T., and took part in its first European tour. Since that time she has worked at Playwrights Horizons, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, the The Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Co.; and has been a company member at the Seattle Repertory Theatre for the past nine years, acting in over twenty-eight productions. Her roles include Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa, Grusha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bananas in House of Blue Leaves, Betty in Landscape of the Body, Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles, and Frosine in The Miser. She also played Charlotte in the national tour of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing with Brian Bedford.

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Kenneth Ryan

Cast (Terry Won’t Talk)

Mrs. Blade

Elizabeth Norment


Stephen Rowe


Stephen Rowe

Stephen Rowe (Tito Belcredi in Enrico IV) is a founding member of the A.R.T. company whose work includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, LuluMan and Superman, The Wild Duck, and his one-man show Albee's Men (which opened the 2002 season at the Berkshire Theatre Festival). His Broadway credits include The Nerd, Some Americans Abroad, Serious Money, and Spoils of War. New York Shakespeare Festival audiences have seen him in The Tempest, Macbeth, Coming of Age in Soho, A Private View, and The Normal Heart. His extensive working relationship with Edward Albee includes The Zoo Story and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Vienna's English Theatre, the international Albee Directs Albee project, and last season's Tiny Alice Off-Broadway. Since his last A.R.T. appearance in Full Circle, he has performed in Mark Lamos's School for Scandal and in Emily Mann's Romeo and Juliet, both at the McCarter Theatre; and in Defying Gravity at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Mr. Rowe has performed at Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, and has received the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for his performarnce in Berkeley Rep's Sight Unseen, and the DramaLogue Award for So Many Words at South Coast Repertory in Los Angeles. He has been seen on television in Law and Order, E.R., Cheers, Wings, L.A. Law, Beverly Hills 90210, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and in the films Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and Basic Instinct.

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Marilyn Caskey

Mr. Blade

Richard Grusin


Mark Linn-Baker

Mrs. Monus

Nancy Mayans


Eric Elice


Phillip Cates


Ann Titolo

The Principal

John Bottoms

Mrs. Proxy

Carmen de Lavallade