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Stewart, Danner sked Miller play

Esbjornson taking helm

NEW YORK — Patrick Stewart and Blythe Danner are in final negotiations to star in Arthur Miller’s new play, “Ride Down Mt. Morgan,” this fall. The legiter is set to bow Off Broadway at the Public Theater.

“It’s a marvelous leading role of a very charismatic and opinionated, clever guy, who just happens to be a bigamist,” Stewart told Daily Variety.

The action centers on a man who’s married to two women: One, Danner, his wife of 25 years, and another wife of 10 years, as yet uncast.

The play places the excesses of the Reagan ’80s in the context of human relationships: A man with two wives and lives is visited by both as he convalesces in a hospital bed after an auto accident that jars his conscience as much as his body.

“I see it as a parable about all human relationships. (He’s) a man who wants everything, and one has to ask ‘Is it appropriate that a man should have everything?’ ” Stewart said. “It’s about what man’s needs are, and how he gets them satisfied, and if it’s possible to get them satisfied with one person, and how they change over the years.”

Stewart appeared onstage in Washington, D.C., last season in a racially inverted “Othello,” at the Shakespeare Theater. He’ll star in the Paramount release of “Star Trek: Insurrection” to be released on Dec. 11.

The play is set to bow Oct. 27, and has David Esbjornson attached to helm. Stewart is repped by Steve Dontanville and Sam Cohn at ICM.

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