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David and Lisa - Full Length Play, Drama

David and Lisa

Eleanor Perry, James Reach, Theodore Isaac Rubin

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Full Length Play, Drama

11m, 11f

ISBN: 9780573607783

Adapted from the book by Theodore Isaac Rubin and the Screenplay by Eleanor Perry
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 wa…
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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

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

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.
Characters

CASTING

11m, 11f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Features Teens, Flexible casting

CASTING NOTES

Some parts may be doubled; and if desired, extra boys and girls may be used in the school scenes.

DAVID CLEMENS
MRS. CLEMENS
PORTER
SECRETARY
DR. ALAN SWINFORD
MRS. FERRIS
MAUREEN HART
JOSETTE
CARLOS
SANDRA
SIMON
KATE
LISA
BARBARA
ROBERT
BEN
JOHN
MR. CLEMENS
GIRL
WOMAN
FIRST BOY
SECOND BOY
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Reviews
John Hopkins 9/3/2013 2:35 PM
Having performed this play at a high school where the kids had been dealing with mental health issues and even a teen suicide, "David and Lisa" helped, in our setting, to alleviate some of the stigma of teens with mental health issues and helped show that people dealing with these issues can still be heroes and still improve.  This is theatre as it was meant to be ... more than just entertaining, but life altering.

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