The play was staged in 1921 by the Compagnia di Dario Niccodemi at the Valle theatre in Rome to mixed results. The public split up into supporters and adversaries. The author, who was present at the presentation with his daughter Lietta, was forced to leave the theatre through a side exit in order to avoid the crowd of opponents. However, the play was a great success when presented in Milan.
Broadway and off-Broadway productions
- American premiere: 30 October 1922, 136 performances, Princess Theatre, directed by Brock Pemberton
- 26 February 1924, 17 performances, 44th Street Theatre, directed by Brock Pemberton
- 15 April 1931, 13 performances, Bijou Theatre, staged by William W. Schorr
- 11 December 1955, 65 performances, Phoenix Theatre, adapted by Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Wager, staged by Tyrone Guthrie
- 8 March 1963, 529 performances, Martinique Theatre, directed by William Ball, received Outer Critics Circle Award and three Obie Awards