US stage bow for Gyllenhaal

Actor to appear Off Broadway at Roundabout

Jake Gyllenhaal will make his U.S. stage debut later this year in an Off Broadway staging of Nick Payne’s play “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.”

Show will be produced as part of the 2012-13 season at the Gotham nonprofit Roundabout Theater Company, which also has added the world preem of “Bad Jews” to its Roundabout Underground season of smaller-scale productions of new works.

Payne’s comic family drama bowed at London’s Bush Theater in 2009. The Stateside preem will be helmed by Michael Longhurst, director of Payne’s “Constellations,” which earlier this year won Brit plaudits in a run at the Royal Court.

Gyllenhaal, who starred in Kenneth Lonergan’s “This is Our Youth” on the West End, will play the estranged uncle who arrives for an unannounced visit with a family whose members include an overweight and bullied teen girl, a mother trying to protect her daughter and an environmentalist dad.

Daniel Aukin, helmer of the current, well-received staging of Amy Herzog’s “4,000 Miles,” will direct Joshua Elias Harmon’s “Bad Jews.” Comedy centers on a battle over a family heirloom between a Jewish woman and her cousin’s new shiksa girlfriend.

“If There Is” begins previews Aug. 24 ahead of a Sept. 20 opening at the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theater. “Bad Jews” starts previews Oct. 5 prior to an Oct. 30 opening on the Roundabout Underground stage, located in the same midtown complex as the Laura Pels. Casting and further details for both shows remain to be announced.

The two offerings join a Roundabout slate that also includes an upcoming Broadway revival of “Harvey” toplined by Jim Parsons as well as new stagings of tuner “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (with Chita Rivera) and William Inge play “Picnic.”

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