Actor Nick Offerman is heading back to his theatre roots in a stage adaptation of literary cult classic, A Confederacy Of Dunces.

The 21 Jump Street star will portray funny protagonist Ignatius Reilly in the Boston, Massachusetts production, which is based on John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, about an obnoxious and overweight hot dog stand owner who constantly complains about the evils of the modern age.

A statement released by Offerman reads: "I am simply tumescent at the prospect of assaying the beloved character of Ignatius J. Reilly with our team of magnificent and weird artistic champions."

The play has been adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Hatcher and will be directed by David Esbjornson at the Huntington Theatre Company from 11 November (15).

Toole committed suicide in 1969, aged 31, after struggling to get A Confederacy of Dunces published. Writer Walker Percy and Toole's mother eventually managed to succeed where he had failed and the author was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1981.

Offerman began his career on the stage in Chicago, Illinois, where he became acquainted with Amy Poehler, who would go on to become his co-star in hit U.S. sitcom Parks & Recreation, which ended its seven-season run last week (24Feb15).