Time Period - 1960s
Settings Of Play - The action of the play takes place between the beginning and the end of one school term, in a home in Connecticut, and in and around a school in Westchester.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Cutting Approved for Competition, Scene work, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
The award-winning motion picture has been adapted for the stage with the utmost fidelity. It retells the strange, appealing, and utterly fascinating story of two mentally disturbed adolescents: David, the only son of wealthy parents, who is tortured by his mania against being touched, and Lisa, the waif with a split personality. One of her selves will speak only in childish rhymes and insists on being spoken to in the same manner. The play follows their exhilarating progress and heartrending defeats during one term at Berkeley School, where they have come under the sympathetic guidance of psychiatrist Alan Swinford and his staff. Fellow students include Carlos, the street urchin; the over romantic Kate; and stout Sandra, among others. Laughter, heartbreak, and suspense distinguish this authentic and well told story.