Oskar and the Countless Costume Changes
a play by Matt Ackels & Prince Gomolvilas
Brandon Leland in Oskar and the Countless Costume Changes
Photo by TheatreWorks
Ten-year-old Oskar gets to fulfill a lifelong dream of writing and directing a play at his elementary school. But when classmates challenge his rigid ideas about the production’s male and female characters—and who should play whom—everything starts falling apart. Will Oskar solve the backstage brouhaha before opening night? This funny and fast-paced contemporary farce tackles gender stereotypes head-on and encourages audiences not only to understand the complexities of gender roles but also to practice empathy when encountering boys and girls who express across the spectrum of gender identity.
Oskar and the Countless Costume Changes was commissioned, developed, and produced by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California, in association with the Palo Alto Unified School DIstrict. The original touring production opened on February 22, 2016. It was directed by Amy Cole-Farrell. The stage manager was Michelle Klingler. It was performed by Brandon Leland, Caitlyn Louchard, and Davied Morales. The show was subsequently presented at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's 2016 National Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. It continues to tour in California.