Previews begin tonight, August 24th, for If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, a new play by Nick Payne, directed by Michael Longhurst. If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet features Annie Funke (Anna), Michelle Gomez (Fiona), Jake Gyllenhaal (Terry) and Brían F. O'Byrne (George). Get to know the cast below!
If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet opens on Thursday, September 20th, 2012. 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 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?
And the cast and creative team are...
Annie Funke (Anna) is thrilled to be a part of such an incredible company. Broadway: Hairspray. Wicked (San Francisco). Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical.Annie has worked around the country at Casa Manana, STAGES St. Louis, Riverside Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and Music Theatre of Wichita. Annie is an alum of the School at Steppenwolf in Chicago, and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Oklahoma. A huge thank you to the entire creative team, Michael Longhurst, Jim Carnahan and Craig Holzberg. For my family. JAB-L.
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."
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 Brokeback Mountain. Gyllenhaal was last seen starring in Duncan Jones' critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller Source 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 hit Donnie 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."
BRÍAN 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's MildrEd 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 others. On 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.
Nick Payne (Playwright) Theatre: 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). Winner of the 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and the 2012 Harold Pinter Playwright's Award. Currently under commission to The Royal Court Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club/Alfred P Sloan Foundation to write a new play about maths, science or technology.
Michael Longhurst (Director) Michael's production of Nick Payne's Constellations starred Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins and opened to critical acclaim at the Royal Court in January 2012. Previous productions include Remembrance Day at the Royal Court, Stovepipe for HighTide with The National Theatre and Bush Theatre, On The Beach as part of The Contingency Plan at the Bush Theatre, On The Record at the Arcola, dirty butterfly as winner of the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic, 1 In 5 as part of Daring Pairings at Hampstead Theatre and Fringe First Award winner Guardians at the Edinburgh Festival.