Hackney Ensemble: Mel Bethune, Steve Hart, Ali Kakande, Brian Innes, Keon Martial-Phillip, Roberta Pierfederici & Carol Rowley
All photos by Stefan Lacandler
Director: Anna Jones
Designer: James Turner
Music: Elspeth Brooke
Lighting: Nic Holdridge
Corbaccio visits Volpone
Volpone confides in Cooko
Mosca Sends Lady Would-Be Packing
Volpone as the Mountebank
Mosca the Heir
Volpone as Policeman
The Brooklyn Bumpkin
THE BROOKLYN BUMPKIN
by Jamel Rodriguez & Anna Jones
Currently touring in London schools - 2014
NYLon is currently touring The Brooklyn Bumpkin, a solo show with live music for audiences aged 8 and above. It is inspired by Jamel’s own childhood experiences in the Dominican Republic. The Brooklyn Bumpkin is a lyrical and fantastical coming of age tale about a ten year old from Brooklyn taken to the Dominican Republic for the first time to stay with his grandparents in the Cordilleras mountains. It will explore themes of identity, belonging and the child’s imagination.
The piece was workshopped across December and January, in part with the help of year 5 students at Henry Maynard School in Walthamstow. The Arts Council funded research and development period allowed the creative team time and space to devise original material in the rehearsal room and to discover a unique production language so that the final piece is an exciting fusion of movement, music, sound and text.
Actor/Co-Writer Jamel Rodriguez / Director/Co-Writer Anna Jones / Dramaturg Margaret Glover / Musician/Composer Stephen Hiscock / Stage Management Rosalind Doré /
TALLY HO! by Stephanie Fleischmann
Roundhouse, 2-12 January 2013 (two week R&D)
Tally Ho! tells three stories in parallel: that of Edna, a Kenyan schoolteacher who has run away to London, escaping her class of 204 children; Vee, one of Edna’s pupils who, unbeknownst to Edna, has stowed away on Edna’s journey; and Bessot Suarez, a young woman from Florida, similarly adrift in London, trying to make sense of her family history and sense of self. The lives of the characters repeatedly intersect around an accident in the street. Magical realist in tone, yet tackling contemporary issues of immigration and belonging, Tally Ho is a lyrical, ambitious re-imagining of an international London.
STEPHANIE FLEISCHMANN is a playwright and librettist. Her plays have been performed internationally and across the USA and include Red Fly/Blue Bottle (Latitude 14: HERE Arts Center; Noorderzon Festival, NL; EMPAC), Tinder (Exit Festival, Creteil, France), The Secret Lives of Coats (Playlabs, Whitman College).
Written by Stephanie Fleischmann / Performed by Tres B, Chipo Chung, Tamzin Griffin, Ruvimbo Govera, Tony Guilfoyle, Jacqueline King, Rebecca Kiser and Jamel Rodriguez and 30 young people aged 7-25 from Roundhouse’s Take Part programme / Director Anna Jones / Design by Merle Hensel / Music by Elspeth Brooke and Tres B / Sound Design by Ben Hillyard / Lighting Design by Lee Curran / Stage Management by Rosalind Doré / Produced by Rosie Kelly and The NYLon Project
Funding Partners: The Arts Council, NYLon Friends, Roundhouse, Skidmore College
PRIOR JONES/RODRIGUEZ COLLABORATIONS
PLUCKER by Alena Smith
Southwark Playhouse, 15 June – 3 July 2010
Ever since Alexis, a young composer, moved in with her boyfriend in way uptown Manhattan, her pet parrot has been having an anxiety attack. What's worse, Lee, the girl she's been flirting with, just showed up uninvited to dinner - and Julian and Thomasina, The Perfect Couple, are due over any minute. And is it really a good idea to start downing shots of a so-called truth serum?
Plucker is an old-school farce about a new generation dealing with the anxieties of commitment and co-habitation.
ALENA SMITH is a writer who lives in Los Angeles. She created Tween Hobo, a Twitter account, which is being turned into a book, Tween Hobo: Off the Rails to be published in 2014 by Gallery Books. Alena graduated from the Yale School of Drama, and her plays have been produced in New York, London and Germany. Plays include The Bad Guys (also now a film by director Carlos Rincones), Plucker, The Sacrifices, and The Lacey Project.
‘It focuses seriously on a group of 29-year-olds looking long and hard at issues of relationships and commitment, money and discarded dreams... Anna Jones's production is pleasingly sparky... this particular Smith and Jones form a fruitful partnership.’ Fiona Mountford, The Evening Standard
‘Plucker at the Southwark Playhouse is worth a look. New American female writer, and female Brit director too. Modern day farce on what it is to be in a relationship, and maybe slip out of one too. Great stuff!’ Daniel Harding, The Guardian, Comment
‘There is an element of farce in that there is some awkward information that one of the characters is hoping to keep secret that continually risks being revealed, but this is also a very serious look at contemporary attitudes to relationships through a group of thirty-year-olds (+ or -) who are beginning to feel it is time to settle down…
The fluidity of the playing and the vitality of Anna Jones’ production keep one interested in which way the plot will turn next.’ British Theatre Guide
‘Co-habitation is subject to extreme scrutiny this week over on Tooley Street at the innovative Southwark Playhouse. NYLon productions present this intriguing exposition of the paranoia that can come with emotional commitment.’ Sophie Jackson, AnOther Magazine Listed as aGlobal Cultural Highlight
Written by Alena Smith / Performed by Emily Bevan, Claire Cordier, Juliet Crawford, Jamel Rodriguez, Paul Westwood / Director Anna Jones / Set design by vPPR / Costume Design by Ellan Parry / Music by Elspeth Brooke / Sound Design by Ben Hillyard / Lighting Design by Will Reynolds / Stage Management Rosalind Dor and Sophie Goody / Produced by Paul Muir and The NYLon Project
Funding Partners: NYLon Friends
THE SHOT Devised by Bone Orchard with Cathy Caplan
The Old Can Factory/Theaterlab, New York, 9-19 September 2009
The Shot is about a series of war photographs that depict a dead marine, taken by a photographer embedded with the marine’s unit in Afghanistan. A journalist who is writing a long article about the subject takes the photographer to visit the marine’s bereaved parents and the meeting proves incredibly difficult for both sides. The tragic, intense nature of war and its consequences is juxtaposed with a near absurdist romantic comedy between the journalist and a scatty TV anchorwoman.
Devised by Bone Orchard with Cathy Caplan / Performed by Stephanie Bratnick, Gardiner Comfort, Brian Farish, Jason Fleitz, Laura Jensen & Jamel Rodriguez / Director Anna Jones / Dramaturg Roweena Mackay / Design by Anya Klepikov / Sound Design by Charles / Lighting and Projections Design by Burke Brown / Produced by Anna Jones for Bone Orchard
day lights the bone
day lights the bone Devised by Bone Orchard / Conceived by Anna Jones
Chashama @ Red Shade Plaza, New York, July 2007
day lights the bone is a silent piece created for Red Shade Plaza, a park beside the Hudson river, surrounded by new building developments. It is a meditation on the varying rhythms of New York featuring 30+ performers exploring the city’s past and present: who inhabits it now and at what cost to those who came before.
Devised by Bone Orchard with Anna Jones / Performed by 30+ performers, including Sarita Covington, Laura Jensen, Stephen Moore, Eric Ramey, Jamel Rodriguez, Maggie Surovell / Dramaturg Roweena Mackay
The Hackney Volpone - Behind the Scenes
"This is an endearing production and one that doesn’t deserve to slip under the radar." Evening Standard
NYLon Projects presents THE HACKNEY VOLPONE or THE FOX, a classic comedy about obsessive greed and a con trick that threatens to spin out of control. Across one day, three years of conning finally catch up with nobleman Volpone and his faithful servant Mosca, leading to a series of unexpected events.
The professional cast of six includes co-artistic director Jamel Rodriguez (New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep in New York) playing Volpone and Babou Ceesay (National Theatre, Lewis) playing Mosca. The four other professional actors: Tom Canton, Karina Fernandez, Amara Karan & Simon Rhodes - each double roles.
The professional company are joined by seven community members, playing a host of supporting roles. The company represents the many voices of Hackney today.
Designer: James Turner / Lighting Design: Nic Holdridge / Music: Elspeth Brooke / Stage Manager: Maikel Bellanco / Edited and Conceived: Anna Jones & Jamel Rodriguez / Director: Anna Jones