The long and complicated history of John Kennedy Toole and his celebrated, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, is one of the city’s great literary sagas in itself. Festival board member David Johnson interviews Professor Kenneth Holditch, who had a front row seat to it all. An expert in the New Orleans and Southern literary traditions, Dr. Holditch was one of Thelma Toole’s close friends and heirs and was involved in the controversy over whether to publish Toole’s first novel, The Neon Bible. This discussion leads into the performance of scenes from New Orleans native Vivian Neuwirth’s play, Mr. Toole, which had its New York City premiere as one of the winning submissions for the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Neuwirth tells the story from the viewpoint of Lisette, one of Toole’s students at St. Mary’s Dominican College who learns of his suicide and becomes obsessed with his life story. Todd d’Amour plays Ken; Brenda Currin, Thelma, and Beth Bartley, Lisette. Vivian Neuwirth, also a student of Toole’s, will be present for this event where there will be a talk back with the playwright and actors.

Sponsored by Albert Carey, Jr.

  UPDATE: 1 pm SOLD OUT! Second Performance Added on Thursday 3/23 at 3pm EVENT MOVED TO GALLIER HOUSE.

  THU 3/23 1:30 PMTHU 3/23 3:00 PM

  Individual tickets to this event are available for $20

  Access included in these ticket packages:

  Gallier House