September 16 – October 11, 2009

by John Kennedy Toole
Adapted and Directed by Mary Machala

Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning cult classic is a masterpiece of the southern literary canon. In this grand tragicomic farce our hero—of epic proportions—is the slothful Ignatius J. Reilly: writer, cultural critic, bastion of morality, advocate for the disenfranchised, eater of hot dogs, and nemesis of industry. His grudging ventures into the working world to support his despairing mother bring him face to face with kaleidoscopic cast of Big Easy characters in hilarious comedy.



Kiri Callaghan
Betty Campbell
Cole Cook
Cynthia Geary
David Goldstein
Bill Johns
Samara Lerman
Todd Licea*
Kevin McKeon
Ellen McLain*
Charles Norris
Enrique Olguin
Brandon Whitehead*

*AEA Member

Artistic Team
Kurt Walls, Scenic Designer
Brian Healy, Lighting Designer
Doris Black, Costume Designer
Matthew Starritt, Sound Designer
Gerald Browning, Properties Designer & Dialect Coach
Grégory Marquet, Stunt Coordinator
Larry Rodriguez, Technical Director
Dan Bartell, Production Manager
Mike Jones, Assistant Director / Dramaturg
Bill Danner, Master Carpenter
Jocelyne Fowler, Costume Shop Intern
Lynne Ellis, Master Electrician
Chris Strickland, Light Board Operator

Devorah Spadone, Stage Manager
Victoria Thompson, Assistant Stage Manager
Elizabeth Kent, Stage Management Intern


Brandon Whitehead makes the 2009 Stranger Genius Awards Shortlist for his roll as Ignatius J. Reilly in Book-It’s A Confederacy of Dunces. The Stranger 11/10/2009

Dunces great, with a surprise ending
West Seattle Weisenheimer 10/11/09

Book-It’s adaptation turns Confederacy of Dunces into a comedy hit
Rosemary Jones, Seattle Theatre Examiner 10/4/09

Seattle Weekly Pick: A Confederacy of Dunces
Kevin Phinney, Seattle Weekly 9/29/09

A Confederacy of Geniuses
Michael Dare, The Seattle Diaries 9/25/09

A Confederacy of Dunces: A Holy Trinity of Awesome
Brendan Kiley, The Stranger 9/23/09

“Dunces” is a Flawed Pleasure
Gianni Truzzi, Seattle Post Globe 9/24/09

‘A Confederacy of Dunces’: Misadventures of an unsaintly hero
Misha Berson, Seattle Times 9/23/09

“Book-It has once again brought a significant piece of literary fiction to the stage and maintained the distinctive qualities of the book while adding the strengths of live performance.” Jerry Kraft, 9/21/09

Confederacy a funny farce with strong actors
by Miryam Gordon, Seattle Gay News 9/25/09