The new stage adaptation of “A Confederacy of Dunces,” starring Nick Offerman as Ignatius J. Reilly, will debut Nov. 11 at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston.
The play is adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by the late John Kennedy Toole, published in 1980 by LSU Press. The presenters of play’s Nov. 11-Dec. 13 run in Boston include the Baton Rouge-based filmmaker John Hardy and Oscar-winning film director and former Baton Rouge resident Steven Soderbergh.
Offerman, best-known for his role as Ron Swanson in the TV sitcom “Parks & Recreation,” will star as Reilly, the novel’s larger-than-life, 1960s New Orleans character. Overweight, arrogant and eccentric, Reilly still resides with his mother in the French Quarter.
Jeffrey Hatcher, whose credits include film and TV (“Mr. Holmes,” “The Mentalist), adapted the book for the stage. David Esbjornson (“Driving Miss Daisy” on Broadway and “Hamlet” off-Broadway) is directing.