Angry actor must apologize

NEW YORK — Patrick Stewart chose not to appeal the decision of the Actors’ Equity arbitration committee regarding his curtain-call reprimand of the producers of “The Ride Down Mt. Morgan.” The actor had until Thursday to file an appeal.

Gerald Schoenfeld, chairman of the Shubert Organization, and Stewart appeared before the union committee on May 11. Schoenfeld reportedly had asked for a written apology, and the committee decided that Stewart should render one. Stewart is expected to deliver that statement next week.

From the stage of the Ambassador Theater, Stewart had chastised the “Mt. Morgan” producers for not adequately promoting the Arthur Miller play in which he stars.

“Arthur Miller and I no longer have confidence in our producers’ commitment to this production — especially the Shubert Organization — or their willingness to promote and publicize it,” said the actor, still in costume. His statements were made after the matinee and evening performances of April 29.

The action received national coverage but did not translate into bigger box office. The next week, B.O. fell a hefty $67,809 and has continued to decline in the following weeks, although not as markedly. Last week, the production grossed $204,473 on a potential of $506,971.

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