The original text
First performed at the Théâtre de la Renaissance, Paris, on 24 March 1911. The text first published in Volume 177 of L'Illustration Théâtrale, Paris, ("journal d'actualités dramatiques publiant le texte complet des pièces nouvelles jouées dans les principaux théâtres de Paris"), dated 22 April, 1911.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into English and transported to a South African context by Stephen Black as The Flapper. The translation was first produced in 1911 and presented as "a new South African play in four acts" by anonymous authors. When pressed by the critics, Black intimated that they were "local people". This version was first produced to public acclaim but vastly contradicting critical reviews in 1911, with a furore erupting about the authorship between the author and the local critics in Johannesburg and Black eventually admitting it was a translation. However, the adaptation was very popular and the play became one of Black's major successes.
Translated into Italian as a stage play called La Monella (1914) by Nino Oxilia (1889-1917) and adapted and directed by him as an Italian silent film of the same name for Società Italiana Cines (1918).
Performance history in South Africa
1917: The Flapper was revived at the Standard Theatre, Johannesburg, in February, with Stephen Black in the role of "Henry Fenton", supported by Cecil Kellaway, Margaret van Hulsteyn, Dolly Sinclair, Erie Drew, Mabel Morton, Frikkie Paget, Herbert Traynor, Justus Gerard and Lilian Bell.
U.S. Government Printing Office. 1911. Catalogue of Copyright Entries: Pamphlets, leaflets, contributions to newspapers or periodicals, etc.; lectures, sermons, addresses for oral delivery; dramatic compositions; maps; motion pictures, Volume 8, Issue 1 (p. 8831), Google E-book
Stage and Cinema, 4(82):9.)
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