Hilliard Northwest News

Darby to stage 'unusual love story' Feb. 1-2


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.