On February 16, award-winning actor Bill Connington (ZOMBIE) and Emmy-nominated Paul Anthony Stewart (THE GUIDING LIGHT), joined D. H. Johnson (DODSWORTH) in a sold-out reading of the sophisticated comedy with bite: ART, by Yasmina Reza, as previously reported by BroadwayWorld.com. The New York Society Library on Manhattan’s Upper East Side provided the perfect backdrop for this play about the meaning of art, and the meaning of friendship.
In addition to their collaboration on ART, Connington and director Dan Cordle have worked on the A.R. Gurney plays “The Dining Room,” “Love Letters,” and “A Cheever Evening” together. They are currently shooting the comedy mystery webseries COCKTAILS WITH THE BROWNS with Juliette Bennett. Bennett and Connington also starred in the short film THE THORNHILLS OF PARK AVENUE together, directed by Thomas Caruso. That film is currently on the film festival circuit.
Connington is known for the play and short film of ZOMBIE, both based on a novella by famous American author Joyce Carol Oates. The film has appeared at 15 film festivals, and won 5 awards. Paul Anthony Stewart has appeared on Broadway in “Cyrano: the Musical” and as Perchik in the revival of “Fiddler on the Roof,” as well as guest-starring on Law and Order, Damages and First Time Out. D. H. Johnson has appeared in New York in Dodsworth, and Love of A Pig, and in the films Two Soldiers, and There Will Be Peace When You Are Done.
The New York Society Library was founded in 1754, and is the city’s oldest library. It has approximately 275,00 volumes, and hosts a variety of special events, as well as the New York City Book Awards.