The New York Post reports that the star of "Brokeback Mountain" took part in a reading of a new play by Beau Willimon last week. Entitled Farragut North, the reading was directed by Tony Award winner James Lapine and boasted a cast that also included Tony winner Denis O'Hare, Mark Blum, Jessica Hecht and Alison Pill.
The politically themed play, according to the New York daily, cast Gyllenhaal as "a young, idealistic communications director who works for an inspiring, though unorthodox, presidential candidate. During the campaign, his career is done in by more seasoned politicos who thrive on poisonous partisan politics, dirty tricks and back-stabbing." The play's title takes its name from the Washington, D.C. subway station that is situated near K Street, where several lobbyists work.
Gyllenhaal is currently debating whether he wants to make his Broadway bow in the Willimon work. Should Farragut North come to Broadway, Spring Awakening's Jeffrey Richards will produce.
Jake Gyllenhaal was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in "Brokeback Mountain." His other screen credits include "Donnie Darko," "Highway," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Jarhead," "The Good Girl" and "October Sky."