If There Is I Haven't....: Jake Gyllenhaal to star



Michelle Gomez and Brian F. O'Byrne will join Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal - in his New York debut - in the Roundabout Theatre Company's American premiere of Nick Payne's comic drama If There is I Haven't Found It Yet, diretced by Michael Longhurst, opening at the Laura Pels Theatre on 20 Sep 2012, following previews from 24 Aug 2012, and closing on 25 Nov 2012.

One additional cast member will be announced shortly.

If There is I Haven't Found It Yet: 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?

The creative team includes Beowulf Boritt (Sets), Susan Hilferty (Costumes), Natasha Katz (Lights) and Obadiah Eaves (Original Music & Sound).

Bios:

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

Jake Gyllenhaal (Terry) made his stage debut starring in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of 'This is Our Youth,' on London's West End. He won a BAFTA for his role as "Jack Twist" in the movie "Brokeback Mountain," for which he was also nominated for an Oscar. His other movie credits include: "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "Zodiac," "Proof" and "The Day After Tomorrow."

Brian F. O'Byrne (George) won a Tony Award for his performance as 'Ralph' in 'Frozen.' He has received Tony nominations for 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane,' 'The Lonesome West,' 'Doubt,' 'The Cooast of Utopia Parts 1, 2 and 3. TV work includes playing "Bert Pierce" in "Mildred Pierce" for which he won an Emmy. Other notable TV work includes "Prime Suspect," "Brotherhood" and "FlashForward." Film credits include: "The International," "Brooklyn's Finest," "Bug," "No Reservations," "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead," "The New World," "Million Dollar Baby," "Bandits," "An Everlasting Piece" and "The Grey Zone."

British director Michael Longhurst is making his New York directorial debut having most recently directed Nick Payne's critically acclaimed play 'Constellations' at London's Royal Court Theatre earlier this year. His other London directional credits include: 'Remembrance Day' at the Royal Court, 'On The Beach' at the Bush Theatre, 'On The Record' at the Arcola and 'dirty butterfly' at the Young Vic.

Nick Payne's (Playwright) credits: '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).

Michelle GomezBrian F. O'Byrne

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