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Theaters Adapt, Stage 'A Confederacy of Dunces'

13 August 2010 5:06 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Atlanta – Atlanta's Theatrical Outfit is taking advantage of an opportunity to stage "A Confederacy of Dunces" with a new adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that opens Saturday.The Louisiana State University Press, which owns the rights, rarely permits more than staged readings of adaptations of John Kennedy Toole's comic novel, published in 1980, about life in New Orleans in the early 1960s.Lsu Press won't say why only a handful of productions have been permitted.Two years ago, the Outfit's artistic director, Tom Key, was offered a chance to adapt the book for a full production. Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, which also accepted the opportunity, staged its version last fall.The novel focuses on Ignatius J. Reilly, a medievalist who holds a master's degree but makes no effort to put it to use. At 30, he spends most of his time going to movies or in his room in his widowed mother's home. »

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