Roundabout Theatre Company’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, by Nick Payne, will star Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhall in his US stage debut. Directed by Michael Longhurst, the production will begin performances on August 24 with an opening date of September 20 at off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre. It is a strictly limited engagement of 13-weeks and will close November 25, 2012. Additional casting has not been announced.
Jake Gyllenhaal made his stage debut starring in Kenneth Lonergan’s revival of This is Our Youth, on London’s West End. He won an Evening Standard Theatre Award for “Outstanding Newcomer.” Gyllenhaal won BAFTA and National Board of Review awards for his poignant performance as “Jack Twist” in Ang Lee’s timeless classic Brokeback Mountain. He was last seen starring in Duncan Jones’ critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller Source Code and Ed Zwick’s Love And Other Drugs, for which he received a Golden Globe® nomination for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Other notable appearances include Donnie Darko and The Good Girl.
If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet is billed as an “entertaining look at a regular family stuck somewhere between knowing what the problem is… and doing something about it.” In it, “fifteen-year-old Anna’s weight makes her a natural target for bullies. When her mom transfers Anna to the school where she teaches in order to protect her daughter, it only makes things worse. Anna’s environmentalist dad, determined to finish his new book and save the planet, is no help at all. Just as Anna gets suspended for retaliating with a head-butt, her estranged uncle Terry (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrives unannounced. A heartbroken drifter with the mouth of a sailor, Terry reaches out to Anna in a way that no one ever has. Their unexpected friendship sends her parents’ rocky marriage into a tailspin as the whole family wonders, what–or who–really needs saving?”
Roundabout also announced a world premiere production of Josua Elias Harmon’s Bad Jews, directed by Daniel Aukin. Performances will begin October 5 and open on October 30 for a limited engagement through December 16. No casting has been announced.