Human Fruit Bowl by Andrea Kuchlewska - directed by Jessi D. Hill - starring Harmony Stempel

Now Playing - On Tour in New Zealand through October 27
Wellington: BATS Theater 7th-11th, 6:30pm
Waikanae, Kapiti Coast: Mahara Gallery 14th & 15th, 7pm
Dunedin Festival: Playhouse Theatre 17th-19th, 8pm
Queenstown Arts Centre: 22nd, 7pm
Nelson Arts Festival: Refinery Arts Space 25th & 26th, 9pm

About Human Fruit Bowl
What goes through the mind of a live nude model while posing? Structured as a live fine art modeling session, HUMAN FRUIT BOWL attempts to answer that question while it delves into the mysterious death of Renee Monchaty, muse and model to legendary French painter Pierre Bonnard. Part story, part mystery, and part art history, it is a unique and compelling look at the complicated relationships between artists and their models. Paper and pencils are provided at every show and audience members are encouraged to sketch.

Presented Off-Broadway by Baruch Performing Arts Center and terraNOVA Collective 2014. Winner FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award & selected for FringeNYC Encore Series. Winner, Creative Award for best production at Prague Fringe Festival. Named “Best of Prague Fringe” by Amsterdam Fringe. Invited to participate in Amsterdam Fringe and Hong Kong Microfest. Nominated for two NYIT Awards. First presented in NYC in terraNOVA Collective’s soloNOVA Arts Festival and later presented by Elizabeth R. English/ER English Productions in FringeNYC. Presented in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival by Spin Cycle.

Developed by Andrea Kuchlewska in collaboration with actress Harmony Stempel and director Liam Billingham, Human Fruit Bowl is a fictional play originally inspired by Harmony's experience working as an artists' model.

Company Bios


What People are Saying

“Do This!” – Philadelphia Inquirer

“#1 - Hong Kong’s Hot 5” – TimeOut Hong Kong

"Miraculous... the way the story unfolds through this fusion of one-person show and art class keeps us hooked." -- New York Theatre Review

"A surprisingly engrossing production...Human Fruit Bowl rivets its audience" -- TheaterMania

"This little play, written so cleverly and richly, performed with such artful panache, and directed with ease and subtlety by Jessi D. Hill, deserves to be seen by art lovers – and by that I mean lovers of the arts – everywhere." --

“Absolutely gripping… utterly compelling” – Expats, Czech Republic

“Quite powerful and at times even profound.” –, Czech Republic


Exeunt: Jordan Teicher interviews Harmony Stempel and Andrea Kuchlewska - "Throwing Muses"

Huffington Post - "Award Winning Play HUMAN FRUIT BOWL Unravels the Pierre Bonnard and Renee Monchaty Myth" by Lanie Zipoy - "When a Naked Woman Speaks, You Tend to Pay Attention" by Larry Kunofsky - 'Human Fruit Bowl': The naked play comes to Hong Kong

Time Out Hong Kong - Stage: Human Fruit Bowl