No convoluted MEANING involved, Jansy. An acting/producing group has called itself nabokov (always lower-case!) and its followers/fans are known as nabokovers.
Bunny is a play by well-known writer Jack Thorne, staged by the nabokov group at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
As your citation shows, Bunny won a prize at the Festival. From what I’ve read, there seems no link between the play’s title and Edmund Wilson’s nickname. nabokov simply staged Bunny’s premiere. I suppose someone in the group MAY have thought about the connection, but there’s no sign that Jack Thorne had any such thoughts. Bunny seems a giddy lass in the play.

Now WHY the group called itself nabokov is not entirely clear! Their stated politically-activist, left-leaning AIMS hardly appear Nabokovian!

nabokov is a new writing theatre company dedicated to commissioning, developing and producing backlash theatre - new work that offers an antagonistic response to contemporary agendas, trends and events.

As far as I know, there’s no copyright infringement involved in naming a group nabokov. Dmitri might possibly object if the group’s political activities bring disrepute to a noble name! I now notice they run the NABOKOV [all caps!] ARTS CLUB, and this DOES pose the problem of how APPROPRIATE the name is, and how MISLEADING it may be to genuine Nabokovians.
Stan Kelly-Bootle

On 06/11/2010 14:12, "Jansy" <jansy@AETERN.US> wrote:

Dear List,
Will anyone care to explain what "Nabokovers" and "Bunny" mean and if there's any connection to Vladimir or Edmund Wilson?
Team nabokov are over the moon to have been awarded a Fringe First! We are fresh from the award ceremony and have a photo of our lovely award to prove it! A big thank you to our friends at Escalator East to Edinburgh, Arts Council England, Watford Palace  & Mercury Theatre Colchester for all their support.
We only have three performances left in Edinburgh and we will all be sad to leave this wonderful festival, who have embraced BUNNY so warmly.
It's been such an incredible, whirlwind month & us nabokovers will always remember it! So if you’re in Edinburgh and haven't got a ticket to BUNNY (a Fringe First award winning production) then what are you waiting for? Get on it chaps!
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