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Hillary Busis
April 19, 2012 AT 04:55 PM EDT

Jake Gyllenhaal has played a time-manipulating teen, a serial killer obsessive, and a lovelorn gay cowboy — but he’s never played a role on the American stage. That will change in August, when Gyllenhaal makes his Off Broadway debut in a new Roundabout Theatre Company production.

The play, Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, stars Gyllenhaal as Terry, a foul-mouthed drifter who forms a close bond with his overweight niece, Anna. The production is set to begin previews on August 24 and open officially on September 20 at the Laura Pels Theatre. Gyllenhaal’s costars have not yet been announced.

The Oscar-nominated actor made his stage debut in 2002 on London’s West End. He starred alongside Anna Paquin and Hayden Christensen in a production of Kenneth Lonergan’s edgy play This Is Our Youth. He also recently wrapped production on End of Watch, a gritty drama that will premiere in movie theaters this September.

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