Oskar and the Big Bully Battle, Part 2
by Matt Ackels & Prince Gomolvilas
Kyle Payne and Ben Johnson in Oskar and the Big Bully Battle
Photo by TheatreWorks
When an incident of bullying on the schoolyard leaves everyone confused and stumped, ten-year-old Oskar plays detective to solve the biggest case of his career. While the previous show introduced the idea of bullies, victims, bystanders, and upstanders, this playground whodunit digs deeper into the bullying epidemic and invites audeinces to understand the bully-victim cycle. Oskar and the Big Bully Battle, Part 2 cleverly incorporates and builds upon research which reveals that many bullies are victims of bullying themselves. This hilarious and mysterious sequel continues to encourage students to stand up for victims but also teaches them how to express empathy for bullies—hopefully moving everybody closer to breaking the vicious cycle.
Oskar and the Big Bully Battle, Part 2 was originally commissioned, developed, and produced by the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. The original touring production opened on September 12, 2016. It was directed by Mary Sutton, with dramaturgical support from Josh Hardcastle. The stage manager was Katherine Trevino. It was performed by Dano Colón, Natasha Gorel, and Gabriel Regojo. It continues to tour in Texas.