Jake Gyllenhaal to Make American Stage Debut in Roundabout's IF THERE IS I HAVEN'T FOUND IT YET This Fall

By: Apr. 19, 2012
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Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that movie star Jake Gyllenhaal will be making his American stage debut in If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, a comedic drama by Nick Payne at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre this fall. The play will be directed by Michael Longhurst, with three additional actors and the design team to be announced shortly.

If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet will begin performances August 24, 2012 and officially open on September 20, 2012 at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre / Laura Pels Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This is a strictly limited engagement of 13-weeks through November 25, 2012.

Director Michael Longhurst will be making his New York directorial debut having most recently directed Nick Payne's critically acclaimed play Constellations.

Jake Gyllenhaal (Terry) made his stage debut starring in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of This is Our Youth, on London's West End. For his performance he won an Evening Standard Theater Award for "Outstanding Newcomer."

"Nick Payne is an exciting young voice in the British Theatre, and I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to introduce him to American audiences. I was first familiar with Nick through his play Constellations, a brilliant piece directed by Michael Longhurst that just completed an acclaimed run at the Royal Court. When I read 'If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet,' I knew that not only did Nick have great range as a playwright, but that this was a perfect fit for the Laura Pels Theatre.

Jake Gyllenhaal loves this play and the role of Terry, and I couldn't be happier that he has chosen to make his American stage debut with us. The Steinberg Center has been an off-Broadway haven for new plays and playwrights from Lynn Nottage to Patrick Marber to Stephen Karam. I think Nick Payne will prove to fit quite well in that line and I am equally excited that this will be Michael Longhurst's New York directorial debut."

Provocative, insightful and laced with fresh humor, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet is an entertaining look at a regular family stuck somewhere between knowing what the problem is... and doing something about 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 Gyllenhall) 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?

Ticket Information: Receive first access to tickets: Subscription packages of 5 shows or more for the 2012-13 Roundabout season, including If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, are available at www.roundabouttheatre.org or by calling (212)719-1300. Call the Patron's Desk at (212)719-9393 x301 to become a Major Donor and get the best seats. All current subscribers and donors will receive an opportunity to access tickets in advance of the general public. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this summer.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.


Jake Gyllenhaal (Terry) Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal won BAFTA and National Board of Review awards for his poignant performance as "Jack Twist" in Ang Lee's timeless classic Brokeback Mountain. Gyllenhaal 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." Gyllenhaal recently wrapped production on David Ayer's End Of Watch, a gritty drama shot on the streets of South Central Los Angeles. The film is expected for release September 28, 2012. Working with some of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers, Gyllenhaal has also starred in Richard Kelly's cult hit Donnie Darko, Jim Sheridan's Brothers, David Fincher's Zodiac, Sam Mendes' Jarhead, John Madden's Proof, Miguel Arteta's The Good Girl, Brad Silberling's Moonlight Mile, Nicole Holofcener's Lovely And Amazing, and Joe Johnston's October Sky. Gyllenhaal made his stage debut starring in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of This is Our Youth, on London's West End. For his performance he won an Evening Standard Theater Award for "Outstanding Newcomer."

Nick Payne (Playwright). Theatre: If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (Bush Theatre, 2009), Wanderlust (Royal Court Theatre, 2010), Sophocles' Electra (Gate Theatre, 2011), One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres, 2011), Constellations (Royal Court Theatre, 2012), Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Theatre, 2012). Winner of the 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. Currently under commission to The Royal Court Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club/Alfred P Sloan Foundation to write a new play about maths, science or technology.

Michael Longhurst (Director). Michael's production of Nick Payne's Constellations starred Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins and opened to critical acclaim at the Royal Court in January 2012. Previous productions include Remembrance Day at the Royal Court, Stovepipe for HighTide with The National Theatre and Bush Theatre, On The Beach as part of The Contingency Plan at the Bush Theatre, On The Record at the Arcola, dirty butterfly as winner of the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic, 1 In 5 as part of Daring Pairings at Hampstead Theatre and Fringe First Award winner Guardians at the Edinburgh Festival.