Opening Nov. 16 at the Public Theatre is Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan. The production stars Patrick Stewart and Frances Conroy, who recently took over for Blythe Danner. The cast switch changed the show's first preview from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3, and its opening date from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16.
Danner, most recently in Deep Blue Sea , left due to a "personal family matter." The Public has not elaborated.
Along with Stewart and Conroy, the cast features 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).
Stewart has starred on Broadway in the George C. Wolfe-directed The Tempest and his own one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol. 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; Conroy his wife of 25 years.
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 Terrence Rattigan's Deep Blue Sea.