Phoenix, Starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, Will Offer Discount Tickets to Each Performance
21 Jul 2014
Phoenix, Scott Organ's dark comedy about a one-night stand that will star Julia Stiles and James Wirt, will sell a limited number of $20 tickets to every performance.
The romantic two-hander will begin previews July 28 prior to an official opening Aug. 7. Performances will continue through Aug. 23 at Off-Broadway's Cherry Lane Theatre.
"We passionately believe live theater should be accessible to audiences of all ages and incomes," producer Rian Patrick Durham said in a statement. "We are offering these $20 tickets to ensure that Scott Organ's powerful, romantic and humorous play reach as many people as possible."
Joining Stiles, who has performed onstage in Oleanna, Persephone and Twelfth Night and on screen in "Ten Things I Hate About You," "Mona Lisa Smile" and "Dexter," will be Wirt. Wirt's stage credits include Much Ado About Nothing, All's Well That Ends Well and Troilus and Cressida. He was also seen in the film "Billy Bates."
Jennifer DeLia will direct the production.
"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," press notes state. "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 will feature scenic design by Caite Hevner Kemp, costume design by Amit Gajwani, lighting design by Oona Curley, sound design by Janie Bullard and scenic art by Burton Machen. Brierpatch Productions is the general manager.
A film adaptation of Phoenix, directed by Amy Redford, is currently in development.
The play is presented by Julie Pacino, Poverty Row Entertainment, Rian Patrick Durham and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, by special arrangement with The Cherry Lane Theatre.
The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street. Visit phoenixtheplay.com for more information.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.