David and Lisa

by  Eleanor Perry, James Reach, Theodore Isaac Rubin

Full Length Play, Drama  /  11m, 11f

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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 11f
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Scene work
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

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.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Setting: 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: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

11m, 11f
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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Cast 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.

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Authors

Eleanor Perry

Eleanor Perry

James Reach

James Reach

Theodore Isaac  Rubin

Theodore Isaac Rubin

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