Bill Connington and Paul Anthony Stewart Star in ART Reading 2/16

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The New York Society Library and Razors Edge Productions will presenting award-winning actor Bill Connington (ZOMBIE), Emmy-nominated Paul Anthony Stewart (THE GUILDING LIGHT), and D. H. Johnson (DODSWORTH) in a staged reading of the award-winning comedy ART by Yasmina Reza. The play will be directed by Dan Cordle. The event takes place on Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street, just east of Madison Avenue. The cost is $20 with advance registration, or $25 at the door. Reservations can be made at http://nyslrezaart.eventbrite.com/ or by contacting the Events Office at events@nysoclib.org or 212-288-6900 x 230. 

"Raising questions about art and friendship," the Tony-winning comedy, according to press notes, "concerns Serge, a collector of modern art, and his friends Marc and Yvan. When Serge buys an expensive painting that Marc hates, their relationship suffers while they struggle to define what makes something art. Yvan, caught in the middle, tries to please them both. Anyone who has visited a contemporary art exhibit will be challenged and exhilarated by the debate."

Bill Connington (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1316434233) is the creator and star of ZOMBIE, (www.zombiethefilm.com) adapted from the novella by Joyce Carol Oates. His short films "Zombie" and "The Thornhills of Park Avenue" are currently appearing on the film festival circuit. He is currently shooting a comedy mystery webseries, “Cocktails with the Browns.” The full-length feature of ZOMBIE is slated for production in the autumn of 2012.

Paul Anthony Stewart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Anthony_Stewart) has appeared on Broadway in "Cyrano: the Musical," as well as Perchik in the revival of "Fiddler on the Roof." He has appeared on the daytime drama LOVING, and is most well-known for playing the mobster Danny Bowman on the daytime drama THE GUIDING LIGHT. Paul has also starred, in a lead role, in CBS' "The Inheritance," and in guest-starring roles in Law and Order, Damages, The Hunger, Dream On, and First Time Out. He received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Danny Santos on THE GUIDING LIGHT.

D.H. Johnson has appeared in New York in Dodsworth, Love of A Pig, Santaland Diaries, Robinson Crusoe, and Brutality of Fact. He has appeared in the films Flat Love, Two Soldiers, and There Will Be Peace When You Are Done. www.actordhjohnson.com.

The director of the evening is Dan Cordle, who recently wrapped shooting on the independent film feature Possession (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Possession-the-Film/22669301). Cordle has several other films in development.

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. www.nysolib.org.

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