BY HENRY EDWARDS
The themes of climate change and global warming permeate Nick Payne’s play, "If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet." So it makes perfect sense that Roundabout Theatre Company has announced a talkback dealing with climate change following the 2:00 pm performance on Sunday, December 9.
The event is complimentary for ticketholders. A limited number of tickets is also available to purchase.
Pia Catton of The Wall Street Journal will serve as moderator. Cast members and Mary-Elena Carr and Bob Anderson of The Earth Institute at Columbia University will comprise the panel.
"If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet," directed by Michael Longhurst, stars Jake Gyllenhaal (in his New York stage debut) as Terry, a tortured but fundamentally decent slacker, and Brían F. O’Byrne as his older brother, George, a professor and obsessive environmentalist.
The play, one of those British takes on a dysfunctional family, presents a family stuck somewhere between knowing what the problem is... and being capable of something about it.
Anna (Annie Funke), fifteen, has a weight problem that makes her a natural target for bullies. When her mother (Michelle Gomez) transfers her to the school where she teaches in order to protect the teenager, it only makes things worse. Anna's environmentalist dad (O'Byrne), determined to finish his new book which he believes will save the planet, is no help at all. Just as Anna gets suspended, her estranged uncle Terry (Gyllenhaal) 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.
"If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet" resumes performances on December 8 at the Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre, and is scheduled to play two additional weeks through December 23.
For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.