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Roundabout Announces Annie Funke to Join IF THERE IS I HAVEN'T FOUND IT YET Cast

Roundabout Theatre Company

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Announces Full Casting
For the American Premiere Production of

IF THERE IS I HAVEN'T FOUND IT YET

By Nick Payne

With
Annie Funke, Michelle Gomez, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brían F. O’Byrne

Directed by Michael Longhurst

Performances Begin August 24, 2012; Opening September 20, 2012
At the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the full cast for the American Premiere of Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, directed by Michael Longhurst.

If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet will feature Annie Funke as “Anna,” Michelle Gomez as “Fiona,” Jake Gyllenhaal as “Terry” and Brían F. O’Byrne as “George.”

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

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 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?


New plays are supported by Roundabout Leaders for New Works:  Alec Baldwin, Linda L. D’Onofrio, Jodi Glucksman, Sylvia Golden, Caryn and James Magid, Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre, Laura S. Rodgers, Mary and David Solomon / GS Gives, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Yolanda R. Turocy, Lori Uddenberg, Deborah and Thomas Wallace, and Xerox Foundation. 

Ticket Information:

Tickets are currently available to donors and subscribers, and will be available to the public on July 23rd at www.roundabouttheatre.org or by phone at (212)719-1300. To become a donor, contact Roundabout’s Development office at (212) 719-9393, ext. 354.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yetwill play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. 

The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre reflects Roundabout’s commitment to produce new works by established and emerging writers as well as revivals of classic plays. This state-of-the-art off-Broadway theatre and education complex is made possible by a major gift from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The Trust was created in 1986 by Harold Steinberg to promote and advance American Theatre as a vital part of our culture by supporting playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new work, and providing financial assistance to theatre companies across the country. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded over $45 million to more than 100 not-for-profit theatre organizations.

BIOGRAPHIES:

Annie Funke(Anna) is thrilled to be a part of such an incredible company.  Broadway: HairsprayWicked (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,” “Olver 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.  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.

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at four theatres each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2011-2012 season features Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit,directed by Moisés Kaufman; Mary Chase’s Harvey starring Jim Parsons, Jessica Hecht & Charles Kimbrough, directed by Scott Ellis. The 2011 Tony® Award winning Anything Goeswill set sail on a National Tourat Cleveland’s Playhouse Square in October 2012.  Following its opening in Cleveland, Anything Goes will cruise into more than 25 other cities during the 2012/2013 season.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season features Rupert Holmes’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood starring Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Gregg Edelman, Jim Norton andChita Rivera, directed by Scott Ellis; Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, with a translation by Ranjit Bolt, starring Douglas Hodge, directed by Jamie Lloyd; William Inge’s Picnic directed by Sam Gold; Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet directed by Michael Longhurst, with Michelle Gomez, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brian F. O’Byrne; Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife starring Bobby Cannavale, directed by Doug Hughes; Steven Levenson’s The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin directed by Scott Ellis.

Joshua Elias Harmon’s Bad Jews directed by Daniel Aukin is a world premiere production that launches the sixth season of Roundabout Underground following five critically acclaimed seasons of world-premiere productions since its premiere in 2007. 

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