Confederacy of Dunces Opens in Boston With "Parks and Recreation" Star Nick Offerman

News   Confederacy of Dunces Opens in Boston With "Parks and Recreation" Star Nick Offerman November 18 is opening night for Boston's Huntington Theatre Company's stage adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces, starring Nick Offerman — best known as the super-macho Ron Swanson in the NBC-TV sitcom "Parks and Recreation."

Julie Halston, Arnie Burton and Anita Gillette are featured in the supporting cast. Previews began Nov. 11.

Powerful demand for tickets prompted the company to add a week to the limited run. The show originally had been scheduled to run through Dec. 13, but tickets are now on sale through Dec. 20. Plans for a possible life beyond the Boston production have not been announced.

Watch Offerman share his special Dunces diet with host Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show."

Offerman is no stranger to regional theatre, having acted and worked backstage extensively in Chicago theatres, including the Goodman and Steppenwolf, during the 1990s. He co-founded Defiant Theatre (1993-2004) in that city.

Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman

Offerman plays the lead in the play adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the 1980 novel by John Kennedy O’Toole about an oddball named Ignatius Jacques Reilly who lives at home with his mom and has adventures in and around New Orleans in his quest to land a job. The band of characters in his life include his mother Irene, played by Anita Gillette ("Moonstruck" and “30 Rock”); Miss Trixie, played by Julie Halston (On the Town and You Can’t Take it With You on Broadway); Dorian Greene and Mr. Gonzales, played by Arnie Burton (The 39 Steps at the Huntington and on Broadway); and Gus Levy and Sergeant, played by Steve Rosen (Guys and Dolls on Broadway).

Other characters: Burma Jones, played by Philip James Brannon (Bootycandy Off Broadway), Lana Lee and Myrna, played by Stephanie DiMaggio (All My Sons at the Huntington), Mr. Watson, played by Lonnie Farmer (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at the Huntington), Officer Mancuso, played by Paul Melendy (Ryan Landry’s “M" at the Huntington), Darlene, played by Talene Monahon (The Wild Party Off-Broadway), Claude Robichaux, played by Ed Peed (The Importance of Being Earnest at Moonbox Productions), Santa Battaglia, played by Lusia Strus ("50 First Dates"), Mrs. Levy and George, played by Stacey Yen (Eager to Lose Off-Broadway), cop (and music direction), played by Wayne Barker (Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway) and Clyde and trombonist, played by David L. Harris (performances with Newport Jazz Festival and the Apollo Theatre).

David Esbjornson directs the production, which plays the Huntington mainstage in Boston. The production has scenic design by Ricardo Hernandez (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess on Broadway), costume design by Michael Krass (Awake and Sing! at the Huntington and After Miss Julie on Broadway), lighting design by Scott Zielinski (Ah, Wilderness! at the Huntington and Cloud Nine Off-Broadway), sound design co-designed by Mark Bennett (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and The Seagull at the Huntington) and Charles Coes (associate sound design for The Elephant Man on Broadway), original music by Mark Bennett and projection design by Sven Ortel (Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Off Broadway). Production stage manager is Emily F. McMullen, and stage manager is Kevin Schlagle.

For more information visit huntingtontheatre.org.

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