“Dunces is beyond my wildest expectations. Go see it while you still can get tickets!” METRO
“Impressive! Nick Offerman shines! His deft comic timing is on full display.”THE BOSTON GLOBE
“Immensely entertaining! Sweetly riotous! Shimmering with the colors of New Orleans!”ARTERY
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Nick Offerman (“Parks & Recreation”) stars as larger-than-life character Ignatius J. Reilly, the Don Quixote of the French Quarter. He’s overweight, arrogant, eccentric, and still living with his mother in New Orleans in the 1960s. Adapted from the cult classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces is a hilarious wild ride, filled with colorful characters and comic misadventures.

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.

A Confederacy of Dunces is an iconic novel with an incredible cult following. It’s a privilege to work with playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, the brilliant and profoundly funny Nick Offerman, and our friend director David Esbjornson, and to be the first to share this exciting new play with Boston audiences.”— Peter DuBois
“Adapting John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces into a play has been like wrestling Ignatius Reilly to the stage. The book is famously picaresque, episodic and digressive, but the digressions are often the point. What I think we've arrived at is a play that focuses on the characters – Ignatius, his mother Mrs. Reilly, Burma Jones, Myrna Minkoff – without losing any of the book's color and atmosphere and humor.”— Jeffrey Hatcher


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  • Meet the CONFEDERACY

    A Confederacy of Dunces, the beloved novel by John Kennedy Toole comes to life onstage.  Meet the cast of this larger than life play 


  • Larger-than-life: Ignatius J. Reilly

    Director David Esbjornson, adapter Jeffrey Hatcher, and actor Nick Offerman talk about bringing John Kennedy Toole's larger-than-life protagonist Ignatius J. Reilly to the stage.


  • On Stage | Outside of the D.H. Holmes Department Store

    Ignatius is nearly arrested while he waits for his mother outside of the D.H. Holmes Department Store.


  • On Stage | First Day at Levy Pants

    Miss Trixie gives a little orientation to Levy Pants' newest employee. 


  • From the Page to the Stage

    Bringing John Kennedy Toole's much loved novel, A Confederacy of Dunces to the stage has been almost as difficult as getting Ignatius J. Reilly to leave the New Orleans city limits.


  • The Music in Dunces

    Musicians Mark Bennett, Wayne Barker, and David L. Harris share some of the music in A Confederacy of Dunces and how they brought New Orleans to the stage with sound.


  • Audiences react to A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

    "2 Hours of SOLID LAUGHTER! Bravo!" "Haven't seen anything like it!"
    Boston audiences react to A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES.




  • Total Excess: Ignatius J. Reilly, Nick Offerman and A Confederacy of Dunces

    Confronted by a suspicious and eager policeman, Ignatius J. Reilly —the central character of A Confederacy of Dunces — rattles off the list of New Orleans denizens more worthy of attention: “It is odd that in a city famous for its gamblers, prostitutes, exhibitionists, Antichrists, alcoholics, fetishists, onanists, frauds, jades, and litterbugs, the police would make it a point to harass the likes of me.” Readers of the classic novel — written by John Kennedy Toole in the 1960s and published posthumously in 1980 — know that the story of Dunces is driven by the epic, extravagant, terrifying brashness of Ignatius himself, somehow more sordid and distorted in his own way than any of the other outsiders in the Big Easy.


  • An Interview with Composer & Sound Designer Mark Bennett

    Sound Designer Mark Bennett has been a consistent presence at the Huntington in recent seasons. Whether composing music for Dead End and The Seagull or composing and designing sound for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, he wants his work to explore, develop, and amplify the themes of the production. Before rehearsals began, he spoke to dramaturg Charles Haugland about his approach to A Confederacy of Dunces.


Press Reviews

“DUNCES IS BEYOND MY WILDEST EXPECTATIONS. Go see it while you still can get tickets!”METRO
“IMPRESSIVE! Nick Offerman shines! His deft comic timing is on full display.”THE BOSTON GLOBE
“IMMENSELY ENTERTAINING! Sweetly riotous! Shimmering with the colors of New Orleans!”ARTERY
“FASCINATING AND FUN! Much of the appeal comes from Nick Offerman’s terrific turn.” VARIETY
“Mr. Offerman delighted the opening night audience.”THE NEW YORK TIMES
“OFFERMAN IS PERFECT! There is a great deal of talent on display all around.”South Shore Critic
“A GREAT COMEDY! If it’s been a while since you’ve laughed out loud, Confederacy of Dunces will cure what ails you.”Cape Cod Times
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  • Nick OffermanIgnatius J. Reilly
  • Jeffrey HatcherAdapter
  • David EsbjornsonDirector
  • Wayne BarkerBartender/Pianist; Music Director
  • Phillip James BrannonBurma Jones
  • Arnie BurtonDorian Greene/Mr. Gonzalez
  • Stephanie DiMaggioLana Lee/Myrna Minkoff
  • Lonnie FarmerMr. Watson/Mr. Clyde
  • Anita GilletteIrene Reilly
  • Julie HalstonMiss Trixie
  • David L. HarrisTrombonist
  • Paul MelendyPatrolman Mancuso
  • Talene MonahonDarlene
  • Ed PeedClaude Robichaux
  • Steve RosenSergeant/Gus Levy
  • Lusia StrusSanta Battaglia
  • Stacey YenGeorge/Mrs. Levy
  • Riccardo HernandezScenic Design
  • Michael KrassCostume Design
  • Scott ZielinskiLighting Design
  • Mark BennettSound Co-Design/Original Music
  • Charles CoesSound Co-Design
  • Sven OrtelProjection Design
  • Ted HewlettFight Choreographer
  • Kelli EdwardsMovement Coach
  • Amelia BroomeDialect Coach
  • Telsey + CompanyCasting
  • Alaine AlldafferCasting
  • Emily F. McMullenProduction Stage Manager
  • Kevin SchlagleStage Manager
  • Louisiana State University Press

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