Nona Appleby returns to the The San Miguel Playhouse by popular demand!
Last Winter Nona Appleby made her debut to sold-out houses in a too short season at the Playhouse. Hailing from productions in New York City and Washington, DC, Nona charmed local audiences with “The World According to Nona Appleby.”
Nona returns with a brand new show prior to preparing for her Australian tour (2021). Under the magical direction of Lee Duberman , and with the musical and dance accompaniment of Pablo Buniak, “The Nona Show” promises to delight audiences as they wander even further into theresilient and delicious life of Nona Appleby.
Nona Appleby (née Molesworth) is an international octogenarian of infinite spirit. Born in Australia, Nona started out in life as a ballerina with the Ballet Rambert (London) , did a stint with the Grand Kabuki (Tokyo), and danced in New York City in too many productions to mention here. Think Fosse/Verdon. Nona now faces the Third Act, in rural Mexico, doing anything and everything to keep body but mostly soul together. With the help of her friends Frank and Myra, Nona keeps tabs on her sometimes unreliable memory, learns a new language, and embraces the crown of migration, the Border Upgrade.
Nona is the creation of New Yorker cartoonist Victoria Roberts, who brings Nona to life in drawings, and also plays Nona on stage. Victoria Roberts was born in New York City and grew up in Mexico City and Sydney, Australia. She first treaded the boards as a child actor at the Teatro Jesus Urueta with Margarita Urueta in Mexico City. She has worked for The New Yorker since 1988 and appears weekly in The New York Times, where she illustrates the Science Q&A column. She has written/performed pieces for ABC Radio Australia, and WNYC. A San Miguel resident since 2014, she was a member of Jesusa Rodriguez’s company La Chinga. Her illustrated novel “After the Fall” was published by WW Norton in 2011.
Lee Duberman has been involved in theater as actor, director and choreographer for most of her life. She directed and choreographed musicals including Guys and Dolls, Godspell and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Vermont, and in 2017 she directed and produced Little Shop of Horrors for the San Miguel Play house. Lee is the Chef/ owner, with her husband Richard Fink, of Casa Papaya San Miguel.
Pablo Buniak is a singer born in Argentina who has resided in Mexico since 2002. He began studying piano at age 11. Since 1986 he has performed as an actor and singer in musical comedy, café concert and choral groups. In 2007 he did an exchange program singing for the Fondation Claude Giverny, He cut his first solo record in CDMX in 2009. A resident of San Miguel de Allende since 2017, this year he presented “Tangos y Boleros de Amor y Desamor” at the San Miguel Playhouse. Pablo is also an Alexander therapist, a world-renowned method of psychophysical reeducation which promotes better health in those who practice it.
“I hope Spring’s eternal!” Nona Appleby.