Mustache Marvel Nick Offerman to Take On Boston’s Theater Scene
Facial hair sensation and Parks and Rec actor Nick Offerman will make his way to Boston at the end of 2015 to take on his latest role in theater (all together now: whaaaat?). But there won’t be anything too Ron Swanson-esque about it.
THR reports that Offerman will the “bilious scourge of the French Quarter,” Ignatius J. Reilly, in the Huntington Theatre Company’s world premiere of A Confederacy of Dunces. The theatrical version is Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation, and will be directed by David Esbjornson. Offerman played the role in a New York workshop last April.
A Confederacy of Dunces is a theatrical version of John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning cult novel. The the story follows a haughty, heavyset guy in a 1960s-set New Orleans who undergoes plenty of zany adventures.
The Huntington staging, according to THR, follows the many attempts at putting Confederacy on the big screen. Will Ferrell, David Gordon Green, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Drew Barrymore are among the many that were attached the movie project that has yet to see the green light.
Esbjornson, who also staged the workshop last year, is reportedly hoping this theatrical debut will lead to Broadway, depending on critical reception in Boston. The engagement is expected to run November 11 through December 13 at Huntington’s mainstage, the BU Theatre.