A couple of years ago Jake almost did a play called Farragut North on Broadway, and we were very excited over the prospect of seeing our boy doing this acting thing he does in the flesh. That play ended up not happening - instead it turned into a movie called The Ides of March that George Clooney directed and starred Ryan Gosling though. (A movie that stunk, by the way.) So that didn't happen, and we were sad. Well sadness begone - Jake's making B'way his official big next thing. Via Broadway World:
"Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that movie star Jake Gyllenhaal will be making his American stage debut in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, a comedic drama by Nick Payne at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre this fall. The play will be directed by Michael Longhurst, with three additional actors and the design team to be announced shortly.
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.
... Provocative, insightful and laced with fresh humor, 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.
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 Gyllenhall) 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?"
Good grief to that description - "a heartbroken drifter with the mouth of a sailor." Good grief, I say. Anyway I'll be there, hopefully. Although the prices on these things are always prohibitive - can you believe I've not gone and seen Andrew Garfield or Hugh Dancy on stage while I've had the chance this Spring? But Jake must prove the exception to my thriftiness, right? Yadda yadda I was looking up pictures of Jake to go with this post and look at this one of him and Heath and Michelle! A million awws.