Casting News


Maybe I’m a psychic. I was debating whether I should start thinking about purchasing my ticket for the show just this past Friday and today we have some news. Roundabout Theatre has finally announced additional casting to join Jake in the upcoming off-Broadway show If There Is, I Haven’t Found It Yet.

From Broadway World:

If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet will feature Michelle Gomez as “Fiona,”Jake Gyllenhaal as “Terry” and Brían F. O’Byrne as “George.”

Should you have forgotten what’s the plot about here’s a recap:

Fifteen-year-old Anna’s weight makes her a target for bullies. When her mom [FIONA] 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 [GEORGE], 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?

 Here’s the WHO’S WHO as announced by Roundabout Theatre:

MICHELLE GOMEZ (Fiona) 

Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company), Boeing, Boeing (West End). Film:The Wedding Video, Chromophobia, Subterrain, The Acid House. TV: “Bad Education,” “Oliver Twist,” “Wedding Belles,” “Green Wind Tristram Shapeero,” “The Good Housekeeping Guide,” Feel the Force,” “Carrie & Barry, “The Book Group.”

BRIAN F. O’BYRNE (George)

Tony Award®-winning, Irish actor Brían F. O’Byrne was nominated for an Emmy® this past year for his work opposite Kate Winslet in Todd Hayne’sMildred Pierce for HBO. On television, O’Byrne starred with Mario Bello in “Prime Suspect” for ABC, as well as the critically acclaimed Showtime series “Brotherhood” and ABC’s “FlashForward.”  His starring film credits include Sony Picture’s The International, directed by Tom Tykwer, and Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest. His other film credits include: Bug, No Reservations, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, The New World, Million Dollar Baby, Bandits, An Everlasting Piece and The Grey Zone among othersOn Broadway, O’Byrne won the Tony for his portrayal of a murderous pedophile in 2004’s Frozen. O’Byrne last starred in Tom Stoppard’s groundbreaking trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, directed by Jack O’Brien for which he received his fifth Tony nomination. In addition to his nomination for The Coast of Utopia,O’Byrne has received Tony nominations for The Lonesome West, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Doubt. O’Byrne received his fourth consecutive Drama Desk Award nomination for Utopia (won for Doubt) and is also the recipient of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Doubt, the Obie Award for Frozen and the Lucille Lortel Award for Frozen. O’Byrne credits his training at the Samuel Beckett Center, Trinity College in Dublin for his many successes.

And of course

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 BrokebackMountain. Gyllenhaal was last seen starring in Duncan Jones’ critically acclaimed sci-fi thrillerSource 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 hitDonnie 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.”

It says here that

One additional cast member will be announced shortly.

I guess that would be Anna, the (ridiculously LUCKY) overweight adolescent.

The design team will include Beowulf Boritt (sets), Susan Hilferty (costumes), Natasha Katz (lights) and Obadiah Eaves (original music & sound).

Remember that If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet is available in subscription packages of five or more shows. Subscribers and donors receive first access to tickets.

Click here or call (212)719-1300 to purchase your ticket in a package of five shows.

I’ll probably buy mine today (OMG!)

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9 thoughts on “Casting News

  1. Thx for the news. I don’t know those actors, so I don’t have any opinion, but good to know that things moved forward.

  2. I’m going to NY around that time, so would love to go see it! Don’t really get the whole buying the ticket in a package thing though…will have to read the site again..? :/

    • Tickets are not on sale to the general public yet. If you want to buy a ticket to Jake’s play you can only do it by purchasing a package of 5 different shows, including Jake’s.

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