Nick Offerman-Led CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES Premiere Headed to Broadway, the Big Screen?
Following its stage debut with Huntington Theatre Company this fall, the world premiere adaptation of Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces, starring Nick Offerman of NBC's "Parks and Recreation", is setting its sights on a spring Broadway bow.
The New York Post writes that Offerman did a reading of the play in New York before being tapped for the Boston production, "with an option for Broadway."
Producer Steven Soderbergh said Offerman and the team "nailed it" during the workshop.
And despite setbacks (the process started 10 years ago), Soderbergh still wants to bring the story to the big screen. A source told the Post, "He still wants to do a movie version, so if [the play] is successful, maybe it will get to the screen."
Stay tuned to see whether Offerman and the show will officially transfer to a bigger stage or a bigger medium!
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toole, directed by David Esbjornson (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and All My Sons) and featuring Offerman, A Confederacy of Dunces will run November 11 - December 13, 2015 at the Huntington's mainstage, the BU Theatre.
Offerman will star as the larger-than-life character Ignatius J. Reilly: overweight, arrogant, eccentric, and still living in his mother's New Orleans home in the 1960s. Called the Don Quixote of the French Quarter, Ignatius has a singular outlook on life. 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. A Confederacy of Dunces is a hilarious wild ride, filled with colorful characters and comic misadventures.