Jake on stage
While he’s busy rehearsing for ‘If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet’ Jake apparently had time to pose for a picture (or hopefully more). It looks like a stage, doesn’t it? Previews start this coming Friday!
And a nice column from the NY Daily News about the play:
Ten years ago, when he starred in a London production of Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth,” Jake Gyllenhaal said: “Every actor I look up to has done theater work, so I knew I had to give it a try.”
Once was not enough. On Friday, the star of “Brokeback Mountain” and the upcoming cop movie “End of Watch” premieres in the Roundabout’s Off-Broadway production of Nick Payne’s “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.”
In the dramedy, an award-winning hit in London in 2009, Gyllenhall plays the rudderless Terry, whose 15-year-old overweight niece, Anna (Annie Funke), is tormented by bullies. Headbutts, blood and a school suspension follow.
Terry tries to help the girl, notes a synopsis, but he’s a guy in need of rescuing himself. Ask Anna’s parents George (Brian F. O’Byrne) and Fiona (Michelle Gomez).
Terry sounds a lot like the sort of flawed but sensitive guys that Gyllenhaal, 31, does so well on screen — and this time with an English accent. The role marks his American theater debut.
The play fits comfortably in the ever-expanding roster of dysfunctional-family stories. But Payne, an up-and-coming British talent, also casts his gaze beyond the domestic to a wider, even global, gaze.
“I was interested in – it’s now a bit of a cliché – climate change,” Payne told Exeunt magazine, adding that beleaguered Anna “was a kind of metaphor for what is happening to the planet.”