WEIRDLAND: Jake Gyllenhaal in "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet" by Nick Payne (Roundabout Theatre)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Jake Gyllenhaal in "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet" by Nick Payne (Roundabout Theatre)

"Michelle Gomez and Brían F. O'Byrne will join the previously reported Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal in the Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway production of Nick Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. Michael Longhurst will direct this American premiere at the Laura Pels Theatre, August 24-November 25, with an opening on September 20.

Nick Payne is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme. His first play "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet" opened at the Bush Theatre in October 2009 and received a very strong response from critics with the Evening Standard calling it "a comic tour de force" and the Financial Times "a knockout".

"If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet" set at Bush Theatre

The play centers on bullied 15-year-old Anna, whose unexpected friendship with her estranged uncle Terry sends her parents' rocky marriage into a tailspin. The design team will include Beowulf Boritt (sets), Susan Hilferty (costumes), Natasha Katz (lights) and Obadiah Eaves (original music & sound).

Hayden Christensen and Jake Gyllenhaal in "This Is Our Youth" (Theater, 2002)

Gyllenhaal, who will play Terry, made his stage debut starring in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of This is Our Youth in London, winning an Evening Standard Theater Award for "Outstanding Newcomer."

He received an Oscar nomination for his work in Brokeback Mountain, and is also known for his performances in films such as Donnie Darko and Love and Other Drugs. Source: www.theatermania.com

Still of Minka Kelly in the film "The Roommate" (2011)

"Us Weekly reports that Jake Gyllenhaal recently enjoyed a brief but ultimately unsuccessful romance with Minka Kelly. "It was never serious," shrugs a source of the pair's handful of dates, "and it's over now."

Too bad, because the actor, 31, had apparently been harboring a crush on the dark-haired looker, 32, for a while. According to the mag, he asked her out last fall, but she gave him the brush-off because of her on-again, off-again three-year romance with New York Yankees star Derek Jeter.

"Minka wasn't into Jake when he first pursued her," sums up an insider. Source: wonderwall.msn.com

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