Oskar and the Curiously Colorful Clash
a play by Matt Ackels & Prince Gomolvilas
Melissa Milano, Jason Duga, and Scott Gibbs in Oskar and the Curiously Colorful Clash
Photo by Christopher Diaz Photography for the Alley Theatre
Ten-year-old Oskar loves his brilliantly orange hat. And why wouldn’t he? He’s had it all his life, it’s absolutely perfect, and all his friends have one too. But when a new kid named Billy moves to town, Oskar is shocked and confused—Billy wears a blue hat! For Oskar, this is not the way things are supposed to be. So he’ll stop at nothing to bring order to his perfectly orange and unassorted world—but he’ll soon find out that it sure isn’t going to be easy. This wildly ambitious and ambitiously wild entry in the Oskar series encourages audiences to embrace diversity in every sense of the word. Ultimately, they learn how to deal with difference when they encounter it in their own lives and also how to establish a positive sense of self in those times when they themselves stand out from the crowd.
Oskar and the Curiously Colorful Clash was originally commissioned, developed, and produced by the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. The original touring production opened on February 9, 2015. It was directed by Mary Sutton, with dramaturgical support from Josh Hardcastle. The stage manager was Rachel Dooley-Harris. It was performed by Jason Duga, Scott Gibbs, and Melissa Molano. The show was subsequently presented at the Consortium for Asian American Theaters & Artists' ConFest 2016 in Ashland, Oregon. It continues to tour in Texas.