Child's Play debuted at the Royale Theater in New York on February 17. Starring Pat Hingle, the play dealt with demonic doings at a Catholic boys' school. Marasco drew both on his experience as a teacher of Latin and Greek classics at Regis High School and a newspaper account he had read about a teacher who, after assigning his students some homework, immediately killed himself by jumping out a window. Child's Play garnered a rave review on opening night from Clive Barnes of the New York Times, followed by a Tony nomination for Best Play of the Year. The production ran for 342 performances. Following a less successful London production at the Queen's Theatre in 1971, the play was made into a film in 1972; Sidney Lumet directed, and the cast included James Mason, Robert Preston, and Beau Bridges.