Julia Stiles Returns to New York Stage in 'Phoenix'

10:28 AM PST 06/03/2014 by David Rooney
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Julia Stiles and James Wirt in "Phoenix"

The actress will star opposite James Wirt in a new off-Broadway production of Scott Organ's dark romantic comedy, beginning performances July 28.

NEW YORK – 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 and Louisa 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.

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Stiles' last New York stage appearance was opposite Bill Pullman in the 2009 Broadway revival of David 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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