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Written by Luigi Pirandello
Date premiered November 4, 1916 (1916-11-04)
Place premiered Teatro Argentina, Rome
Original language Sicilian
Genre comedy
Liola poster of the Internationalist Theatre production directed by Fabio Perselli

Liolà (Italian pronunciation: [ljoˈla]) is an Italian stage play written by Luigi Pirandello, which takes place in 19th century Sicily. The title character is a middle-aged single father by choice. He has three young boys, each by a different mother. Liolà is a free-spirit who wanders from town to town, looking to connect with nature, and to create children without having any ties to the mother. He tries to sell one of his boys to Zio Simone, a crabby elderly man, who becomes offended by the offer. He then has an encounter with Mita, a former lover, who tells him that he is the father of her unborn child. Pirandello immortalizes Liolà as an ideal father, and in certain scenes in the play, Liolà shows a lot of love and affection to his children.


Stage Performance of Liola in the English Language[edit]

Fabio Perselli and Victoria Glyn translated Liola in 1982 for the first English language, multi-racial performance by Internationalist Theatre (originally called New Internationalist Theatre) at London`s Bloomsbury Theatre. Perselli also directed the play.[1] .[2] Press reception in the English and Italian languages :The `pleasures of the performance`of the first UK English language production of Pirandello`s Liola, according to Harold Atkins of The Daily Telegraph` lay in the vitality, the lusty folk element.. A very good evening of an unusual kind`. .[3] Corriere della Sera observed : `Il successo e stato particolarmente vivo e le recensioni della stampa molto positivo`. [4]).[5]


  1. ^ Liola-Internationalist Theatre (December 2016). "Liola-Production Data". Internationalist Theatre – via
  2. ^ Liola- Internationalist Theatre (2011). "Liola- Visual Production Data". Internationalist Theatre – via /
  3. ^ Harold Atkins (28 July 1982). "Deceit in a Sicilian village". The Daily Telegraph – via Internet Archive.
  4. ^ "`piace a Londra `Liola`in teatro". Corriere della Serra. 20 July 1982 – via Internet Archive.
  5. ^ Luigi Pirandello (July 1982). "Internationalist Theatre Production of Liola". Liola – via