Oskar and the Countless Costume Changes

Directed by Alex Ates
March 4 - 25 | The NOMA Auditorium

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.


The show is approximately 50 minutes long and runs every Saturday in March at 1pm in NOMA’s Auditorium.

$10 Adults (online)

$15 Adults (at the door)

$5 Children 12 and Under

$8 NOMA Members and Backstage Pass Holders (online)

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  • Oskar: Brendan Bowen
  • Frank: James Bartelle*
  • Beth: Kali Russell*


*NP Ensemble Member


  • Stage Manager: Jenny Billot
  • Scenic/Lighting/Props Design: Joan Long*
  • Sound Design: Matt Jackson*
  • Costume Design: Kaci Thomassie


This is the regional premiere of Oskar and the Countless Costume Changes. The show was commissioned, developed, and produced by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California, in association with the Palo Alto Unified School District.