Hilliard Darby High School will present the dramatic play David and Lisa this weekend at the high school performing arts center, 4200 Leppert Road.

Hilliard Darby High School will present the dramatic play David and Lisa this weekend at the high school performing arts center, 4200 Leppert Road.

Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2.

The play centers on a group of teenagers at a mental hospital, said director Justin Gates, a teacher at the high school.

Gates said he chose David and Lisa to provide his actors and actresses with a challenge.

"I wanted to give them material that makes them leave their comfort zone ... to act in a way they would not otherwise," Gates said.

Gates said the play is "an unusual love story" because David and Lisa meet at the mental hospital.

David is institutionalized because of a fear of being touched in any manner; Lisa has schizophrenia. One of her personalities speaks only in rhymes and finds a way to connect with David, who lets no one else close to him.

Jared McCollum will play David and Rachel Kijowski will play Lisa.