Nick Offerman Kicks Off A Confederacy of Dunces
The Huntington Theatre Company launches the world-premiere of A Confederacy of Dunces tonight at the BU Theatre/Avenue of the Arts in Boston. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by John Kennedy Toole, performances are set to run through December 20.
Directed by David Esbjornson, Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) stars as the larger-than-life character Ignatius J. Reilly — an overweight, arrogant, eccentric man living in his mother's New Orleans home in the 1960s. Called the Don Quixote of the French Quarter, his farcical odyssey includes visits to a department store and a strip club, and stints working at a pants factory and as a hot dog vendor.
The cast also includes Anita Gillette (30 Rock) as Offerman's mother Irene Reilly, Philip James Brannon (Bootycandy) as Burma Jones, Arnie Burton (39 Steps) as Dorian Greene and Mr. Gonzales, Stephanie DiMaggio (All My Sons) as Lana Lee and Myrna, Lonnie Farmer (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner) as Mr. Watson, Julie Halston (On the Town) as Miss Trixie, Paul Melendy (Ryan Landry's "M") as Officer Mancuso, Talene Monahon (The Wild Party) as Darlene, Ed Peed (The Importance of Being Earnest) as Claude Robichaux, Steve Rosen (Guys and Dolls) as Gus Levy and Sergeant, Lusia Strus (50 First Dates) as Santa Battaglia, Stacey Yen (Eager to Lose) as Mrs. Levy and George, Wayne Barker (Peter and the Starcatcher) as cop and music director, and David L. Harris as Clyde and trombonist.