By Elizabeth Wong.
Cast: 2m., 2w. (plus many gender-neutral ensemble roles; may be done with 3m., 3 w. with doubling.) Prince Oskar is the spirit of a shiny red classic Corvette convertible—without a care in the world. But, placed as a monument high above the city, he alone sees the suffering below—a young girl conflicted by feelings of inferiority, a young boy without a home living in the streets, a writer who has lost the desire to write. With the help of a wise-cracking sparrow named Boid, the prince makes it his mission to help the townspeople. A chorus of swallows and townspeople, even a hungry band of alley cats, help the prince and Boid understand the meaning of charity and unselfishness. Inspired by Oscar Wilde's classic, "The Happy Prince," Boid & Oskar is a hip, humorous and heartwarming parable about sacrifice and the lessons of true friendship. Commissioned and produced by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Suitable for touring. Area staging. Approximate running time 45 minutes.