Mr. Toole

By Vivian Neuwirth

Produced by Articulate Theatre Company,

in association with Lagniappe Productions


59E59 Theaters, Theater C (59 East 59th Street)

February 28 - March 15, 2020


Award-winning playwright Vivian Neuwirth creates a deeply personal reflection on the life of John Kennedy Toole, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces.

Before he was an author, John Kennedy Toole was a teacher. That’s how Lisette, one of his students at an all-girl’s college in New Orleans, knew him and loved him. 

Through her eyes, amid the music, magic, and mystery of The Big Easy we, too, learn to love “Mr. Toole.” The teacher a student will never forget becomes a legend the world will always remember.


I have recently been asked to join Articulate Theatre Company has their Producing Director. Our next project is co-producing Mr. Toole Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in February and March 2020. This production kind of fell into our laps. In 2016, our Artistic Director directed this production for a festival, where it did very well. The playwright wanted to submit it to 59E59 and wanted the original director involved. 59e59 immediately wrote back and asked us to be part of their Winter season, we are! 

Past Reviews:

"Poignant and enjoyable" - The Front Row Center

"Ms. Neuwirth uses an engaging trope to encapsulate the life of John Kennedy Toole" - Onstage Blog

"Mr. Toole is a powerful entry that imagines the last days of John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces, in New Orleans." - Culture Catch