Emmy and Golden Globe Nominee Julia Stiles will return to the stage in Scott Organ’s Phoenix. Directed by Jennifer DeLia and co-starring James Wirt, the off-Broadway production will begin performances at the Cherry Lane Theatre on July 28 and play a limited engagement through August 23. The one-act dark romantic comedy will officially open on August 7.
When Bruce (Wirt) and Sue (Stiles) meet four weeks after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand, Sue has this to say to him: one, I had a great time with you that night and two, let's never see each other again. Thus begins a 4,000 mile journey well beyond the confines of their carefully structured worlds. Bruce is fueled by an overwhelming but undefined compulsion to join her in Phoenix. Sue is reluctantly charmed by his persistence, but steadfast in her resolve to keep him at bay.
Stiles’ stage credits include David Mamet's Oleanna on Broadway and her film work includes 10 Things I Hate About You and the Bourne series with Matt Damon. Stiles and Wirt will co-star with Lily Rabe and Billy Magnussen in the upcoming film The First. Wirt will also appear in Billy Bates, due out in theaters in November.
A film adaptation of Pheonix, under the direction of Amy Redford is currently development. The design team for the stage show will be announced shortly.