Human Fruit Bowl
UNH Alum Returns With "Human Fruit Bowl."
A bathtub, a scarf, a stool and a naked woman- who happens to be UNH alumna Harmony Stempel (’06). These are the on-stage elements in “Human Fruit Bowl,” which won Kreativni Cena (Creative Award) for best production at the Prague Fringe Festival 2011. Dubbed "Best of Prague Fringe" by the Amsterdam Fringe, the piece was subsequently invited to be performed in the Netherlands and at the Hong Kong Microfest. Stempel, who herself was a studio art model while an undergrad at UNH, went on to win critical claim for her performances at the 2012 soloNOVA arts festival in New York City.
The UNH Department of Theatre and Dance, in collaboration with The Humanities Program, Women’s Studies and the Museum of Art, UNH, will host a one night only performance of “Human Fruit Bowl” on Friday, October 26 at 8:30 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre. The performance is offered in conjunction with the opening of the Museum of Art’s new exhibitions “Working Model: Figurative Drawings and Sculptures from the Collection” and “Barbara Swan: Portraits and Still Lifes.” A public reception for the exhibitions takes place between 6 and 8 p.m., immediately preceding the performance. These events are free and open to the public.
The one woman show is written by Andrea Kuchlewska and directed by alum Liam Billingham (’05). When the Parisian painter Pierre Bonnard married another woman, his model and lover Renee Monchaty killed 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?
*Adult content, contains nudity.
Harmony Stempel (’06) 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. http://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 (’05) 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 editing and theme music work 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. http://www.tiedaymedia.com/
“Human Fruit Bowl” is a free event and open to the public with general seating available in the UNH Hennessy Theatre located in the Paul Creative Arts Center. This is a non-ticketed event. Seating is limited. For more information about our season, our programs, to book a tour or to make field trip reservations for your school, visit unh.edu/theatre-dance or call 603.862.0298