Our favorite teen actress to rise from Teen Beat stardom (seriously, how good still is Ten Things I Hate About You?) Julia Stiles is coming back to (Off-)Broadway with a very adult production. Phoenix, written by Scott Organ, is a comedy that revolves around a one-night stand (commence pearl clutching now), and Stiles will play Sue to James Wirt’s Bruce. Presented by Julie Pacino, Poverty Row Entertainment, Rian Patrick Durham and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Phoenix officially opens August 7 at the Cherry Lane Theatre in, where else, New York City. It will continue through August 23, with Jennifer DeLia directing. Tickets for all shows are $30 and are available now.

Here is the synopsis for the play, as per the play’s press notes: “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. Both are forced to consider a whole new world of possibility, though not one free of difficulty and loss.” The play is currently in development for a film adaptation directed by Amy Redford.

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Jula Stiles’ Speech from Ten Things I Hate About You

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