Thursday, April 18, 2024

Park & Recreation’s Nick Offerman in Play Version of “Confederacy of Dunces”


No one can get a movie together of “A Confederacy of Dunces.” But now there’s a play version coming to off off Broadway in a dramatic adaptation of the John Kennedy Toole popular novel. Nick Offerman, from “Parks and Recreation” (and the husband of Megan Mullaly) will star as Ignatius Reilly. The play opens in Boston at the Huntington Theater on November 11th. David Esbjornson directs from a script by Jeffrey Hatcher.

“Confederacy” was written by O’Toole before he committed suicide in 1969. Ten years later his mother brought the book to famed writer Walker Percy. Percy took it to his publisher, and in 1981 the book finally saw the light of day. It won the Pulitzer Prize and has become a modern classic. There have been countless efforts to make a film. For a short time before his death. John Belushi was tipped to play Ignatius. But nothing has ever gotten off the ground. Offerman seems like a good choice. Let’s wish them luck.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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