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Actor Spud McConnell portrays Ignatius J. Reilly at Loyola

Loyola press release - October 11, 2010

New Orleans radio personality and award-winning actor John “Spud” McConnell will visit Loyola University New Orleans where he will perform excerpts from John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces” and discuss his relationship with the novel and the misanthropic protagonist he has brought to life.

“Just ‘Toole’ing Around: An evening with Spud McConnell” takes place on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

McConnell will also announce the student winners of the “Confederacy of Dunces” essay competition, awarding cash prizes to the first, second and third place winners. During the summer, Loyola students received copies of Toole’s book and were invited to submit essays that shared their reactions to the book.

John “Spud” McConnell has received national acclaim for his on-stage portrayals of Louisiana’s most colorful characters, including Huey P. Long in “The Kingfish,” Earl K. Long in “Earl Long in Purgatory” and Ignatius J. Reilly from “A Confederacy of Dunces.” His career also has taken him to Hollywood for three seasons on ABC’s hit television show “Roseanne,” and he performed a recurring role on the HBO television series “Treme.” Currently, he can be heard weekdays on “The Spud Show” on WWL Radio 870 AM.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.