Though reviews were mixed, audience interest in the Public Theatre's production of The Ride Down Mt. Morgan last season proved strong, thanks especially to two high-profile names: author Arthur Miller and star Patrick Stewart. Apparently, Manhattan hasn't seen the last of Mt. Morgan -- nor its star.
Author Miller told Playbill On-Line on Feb. 3 that producers were negotiating to bring Mt. Morgan to Broadway with the same cast the show had Off-Broadway. (That would include Stewart, Frances Conroy, Meg Gibson, Oni Faida Lampley, Kali Rocha and John Vennema. The well-received Conroy had stepped in for Blythe Danner, who left for family reasons.)
At the time, Miller mentioned November as a possible start date. Possibly because another Miller play -- the James Naughton revival of The Price -- rushed into town for a fall opening, the Mt. Morgan time frame has been pushed back to March 2000. The production will be staged in a Shubert theatre for a limited run.
The show opened Nov. 16, 1998 at the Public Theatre, after starting previews Nov. 3. The design team included John Arnone (sets), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lighting) and Dan Moses Schreier (original music).
Stewart has starred on Broadway in the George C. Wolfe-directed The Tempest and his own one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Conroy has been a steady presence on and Off-Broadway for a decade. Recent gigs include The Little Foxes at Lincoln Center and The Rehearsal at the Roundabout Theatre Company.
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan , directed by former CSC artistic director, David Esbjornson, looked at a bigamist who's devoted his life to the sybaritic indulgences of the Reagan era, only to find his values changed when he's confronted with a near-fatal car accident. Stewart played the man; Conroy his wife of 25 years.
Miller's other plays include The Crucible, Mr. Peters' Connections, Death of a Salesman and The American Clock.