Blythe Danner has exited the upcoming Public Theatre production of Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan , which was due to begin previews Oct. 27 and open Nov. 12. As reported by the New York Times Oct. 22 and confirmed by press rep Carol Fineman, Danner left due to a "personal family matter."
Fineman told Playbill On-Line that Mt. Morgan 's first performance would be delayed by at least a week and that a replacement for Danner would soon be announced. Patrick Stewart also stars in the drama.
Also in the cast are Meg Gibson, Oni Faida Lampley, Kali Rocha and John Vennema. The design team includes John Arnone (sets), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lighting) and Dan Moses Schreier (original music).
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, directed by former CSC artistic director, David Esbjornson, looks at a man who's devoted his life to the sybaritic indulgences of the Reagan era, only to find his values changed when confronted with a near-fatal car accident. Stewart plays the man; Danner his wife of 25 years.
Stewart has starred on Broadway in the George C. Wolfe-directed The Tempest and his own one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Miller's other plays include The Crucible, Mr. Peters' Connections, Death of a Salesman and The American Clock. Danner's most recent Broadway credit was a revival of Terence Rattigan's Deep Blue Sea.