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For the film adaptation, see Liolà (film).
Written by Luigi Pirandello
Date premiered November 4, 1916 (1916-11-04)
Place premiered Teatro Argentina, Rome
Original language Sicilian
Genre comedy

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.


  • Liolà di Alessandro Blasetti, 1963
  • Liolà di Gabriele Lavia, 2005
  • Fabio Perselli and Victoria Glyn adaptation for 1982 multi-racial Internationalist Theatre performance at London`s Bloomsbury Theatre [1]