HUMAN FRUIT BOWL
Starring HARMONY STEMPEL
Written by ANDREA KUCHLEWSKA
Directed by LIAM BILLINGHAM
Produced by ELIZABETH R. ENGLISH
ABOUT THE SHOW
A tub, a scarf, a stool and a naked woman. In 1920s Paris, when the painter Pierre Bonnard marries another woman, his model and lover Renee Monchaty kills herself in a bathtub. Or so the story goes. Structured as a live fine art modeling session, Human Fruit Bowl investigates the relationship between artist and model. Part story, part mystery, part lecture-demonstration, this fast-paced monologue delivered in stillness asks: What are the stories we tell about artists and their muses? What are the truths, if any, to be found?
Winner, Kreativni cena (Creative Award) for best production at the Prague Fringe Festival 2011. Dubbed "Best of Prague Fringe" by the Amsterdam Fringe and subsequently invited to perform at the Amsterdam Fringe and Hong Kong Microfest.
terraNOVA Collective's soloNOVA Arts Festival, NYC 2012
University of New Hampshire 2012
Hong Kong Microfest 2011
Amsterdam Fringe Festival 2011
Prague Fringe Festival 2011
Harmony Stempel is an actor whose work has been seen over the past 15 years in New England, upstate New York, New York City, The Czech Republic, Amsterdam as well as Hong Kong. New York experience: THE SECRETS OF SACO, The Barrow Group Theater; FIT at the New York International Fringe Festival; DOLLFACE, Theater for the New City; I'M FROM OUTER SPACE, Ars Nova ANT Fest. Her solo show HUMAN FRUIT BOWL won the Creative Award for best production at the Prague Fringe Festival in 2011 and subsequently toured Fringes in Amsterdam and Hong Kong by invitation. www.harmonystempel.com
Andrea Kuchlewska is currently under commission at Women’s Project where she is also an alumna of the 2010-2012 Playwrights Lab. Her plays include HUMAN FRUIT BOWL (soloNOVA Arts Festival, NYC; Prague Fringe Festival, winner Creative Award for best production; Amsterdam Fringe Festival; Hong Kong Microfest), COMPLETE (FringeNYC & FringeNYC Encore Series), and the collaboratively created WE PLAY FOR THE GODS (Women’s Project, NYC). www.andreakuchlewska.com
Liam Billingham is a film and theatre director based in New York City. Most recently, he directed the premiere of HUMAN FRUIT BOWL at the Prague Fringe Festival. Liam is currently prepping his short film ALL DRESSED UP, a domestic horror film. His previous short, DISPLAY, premiered at the 2010 Big Apple Film Festival before playing at various NYC film nights. Prior to living in NYC, Liam spent two years in Prague, Czech Republic where he ran small theater company, Rock in Shoe Theatre. His production of Bertolt Brect's Exception and the Rule was well received at the Prague Fringe. Liam also occasionally works as a lighting designer. His work includes The Fake History of George, The Last at Theatre for the New City, and Some Editing/Some Theme Music at FringeNYC and the New Orleans Fringe. Liam earned a BA in theatre at the University of New Hampshire and is currently a graduate student at The City College of New York with a focus in writing and directing. www.tiedaymedia.com