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David and Lisa

David and Lisa
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Theodore Isaac Rubin and Eleanor Perry
Adapted by: James Reach
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 79
Pub. Date: 1967
ISBN-10: 0573607788
ISBN-13: 9780573607783
Cast Size: 11 female, 11 male

About the Play:

David and Lisa is a full-length psychological drama adapted for the stage by James Reach from the true-life novel by Theodore Isaac Rubin and the award-winning screenplay by Eleanor Perry. This is a heartwarming story of two teenagers who must overcome their fears and disabilities; and learn to trust one another. It is a stage version of the popular film from the 1960's. A beautiful story of sacrificial love and grace with some laughter, heartbreak and suspense along the way.

David and Lisa is the story of two teens attending a school for troubled adolescents, set in 1959. David Clemens, the only son of wealthy parents who is tortured by his mania against being touched, and Lisa Brandt, a girl with multiple personality disorder. 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, heart break and suspense distinguish this authentic and well told story.

David and Lisa debuted as a play in 1967 after it was adapted from the 1962 screenplay of the same title by Eleanor Perry. Made on a remarkably low budget of $200,000, the classic independent feature David and Lisa was a surprise commercial success when it was first released. Named by Time Magazine as the "Best American Film of 1962," in a year that included such landmark films as Lawrence of Arabia, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Manchurian Candidate, and Lolita, it was no small achievement that the debut film for the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Eleanor Perry won Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay. The play has been performed in regional repertory, middle school, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 11 female, 11 male

What people say:

"James Reach's drama about mental illness is deeply compassionate and heartfelt." — Back Stage

"David and Lisa is a wonderful play about young love and finding light in the darkest of times." — Edmonton Journal

About the Playwright:

James Reach (1910-1970) was a prolific American playwright, author, and literary agent. A graduate of Texas Christian University, he authored more than 200 plays written specifically for community and college theatres.

Eleanor Perry (1914-1981) was one of the most successful female screenwriters. She went from writing whodunits with her first husband in Cleveland to writing screenplays for her second husband in New York and Hollywood. With her first husband, attorney Leo G. Bayer supplying the plots and her doing the actual development, she wrote a series of suspense novels and the play Third Best Sport. In 1960 her career entered a new phase with her marriage to film director Frank Perry, with whom she formed a long-lasting professional partnership (as well as the distinction of being among the small group of non-actors awarded membership in The Actors Studio). Their first film, the low-budget David and Lisa, earned the couple Academy Award nominations for writing and direction. She also won two Emmy Awards for television screenplays.

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