Jake Gyllenhaal to star in off-Broadway play
I have been on peens and needles since this rumor started getting around the net but now that it’s official damn! I’m all ready to write about it. It’s true, our Jake is going back on stage in New York this coming fall in an off-Broadway play from the Roundabout Theatre Company.
The Oscar-nominated actor will appear in the ensemble comedy-drama “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet” by British playwright Nick Payne.
Here’s the plot:
Jake Gyllenhaal makes his American stage debut in this provocative, insightful new play by Nick Payne. Fifteen-year-old Anna’s weight makes her a 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. 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.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?
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.