PHOENIX, Starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, Offers $20 Tickets

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater are proud to announce that a limited number of $20 tickets will be available for Scott Organ’s dark romantic comedy Phoenix at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street).

“We passionately believe live theater should be accessible to audiences of all ages and incomes,” said producer Rian Patrick Durham, “We are offering these $20 tickets to ensure that Scott Organ’s powerful, romantic and humorous play reach as many people as possible.”

Directed by Jennifer DeLia, Phoenix stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Julia Stiles and James Wirt. Phoenix begins performances on Monday, July 28 and will play a limited engagement through Saturday, August 23.

Stiles, known for 10 Things I Hate About You, the Bourne series with Matt Damon, and David Mamet’s Oleanna on Broadway, will be joined by James Wirt, who also stars in DeLia’s directorial debut feature film Billy Bates, due out in theaters in November. Stiles and Wirt will co-star with Lily Rabe, Michael Pitt, Billy Magnussen and Louisa Krause in Julie Pacino and Jennifer DeLia’s upcoming film The First. A film adaptation of Phoenix, under the direction of Amy Redford is currently development.

When Bruce (James Wirt) and Sue (Julia 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. Both are forced to consider a whole new world of possibility, though not one free of difficulty and loss. Phoenix is a one-act dark romantic comedy.

PHOENIX premiered at the 34th Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville on March 5, 2010, and received its Off-Broadway premiere produced by The Barrow Group Theatre Company on April 10, 2010.

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Julia Stiles Returns to New York Stage in Phoenix

Julia Stiles will return to the New York stage for the first time in five years, starring off-Broadway in director Jennifer DeLia’s production of Scott Organ’s dark romantic comedy Phoenix

Co-starring with Stiles in the two-hander is James Wirt, who is also slated to appear with the actress in DeLia’s upcoming film The First, with Lily Rabe, Michael Pitt, Billy Magnussen andLouisa Krause.

In Phoenix, Stiles and Wirt play a mismatched couple who meet again four weeks after a one-night stand. She had a good time but prefers to close the door on the possibility of a future relationship with him, while he feels compelled to follow her 4,000 miles to the title destination.

The one-act play was previously presented in New York in 2010. This fresh take starts previews July 28 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, with an official opening night set for Aug. 7. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through Aug. 23.

Stiles’ last New York stage appearance was opposite Bill Pullman in the 2009 Broadway revival ofDavid Mamet’s Oleanna. Her previous off-Broadway roles have included Fran’s Bed by James Lapine in 2005, starring Mia Farrow; and the 2002 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night, with Zach Braff, Jimmy Smits and Oliver Platt.

A film adaptation of Phoenix is in development, with Amy Redford attached to direct.

Producers on the off-Broadway run are Julie Pacino, Poverty Row Entertainment, Rian Patrick Durham and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

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