Lost in the Stars is a video portrait of playwright Maxwell Anderson, who lived on South Mountain Road in New City from the 1920s until the 1950s. Written and co-produced by long-time Rockland County resident, Richard Connolly, the 1988 documentary includes rare interviews with former Rockland residents Burgess Meredith and Helen Hayes. The title is taken from the 1949 musical "Lost in the Stars," which Maxwell Anderson wrote with composer Kurt Weill while they were living on South Mountain Road.
Maxwell Anderson was born in western Pennsylvania in 1888 and studied at Stanford University before he became a journalist and a playwright. He wrote the classic plays and movies "Key Largo", "The Bad Seed", "What Price Glory", "Anne of a Thousand Days", and the musicals "Knickerbocker Holiday" and "High Tor."
Richard Connolly is a writer, editor, publisher, and producer with fifty-two years of professional experience as a full-time college teacher. For fifteen years (1998-2012), Connolly was Chair of the Communication Media Arts Program at SUNY Rockland Community College, where he teaches courses in writing, digital media production, media history, and critical thinking.