Zeke Sulkes, Time Out Chicago Performer of the Week
"Inside the intimate space nestled within the Chopin Theatre basement, a group of four actors are putting on a production of Romeo and Juliet unlike any other. Sean Graney’s Romeo Juliet begins with elements from Shakespeare’s classic play and Felice Romani’s libretto for the opera I Capuleti e I Montecchi. Those are then put through a modern language filter and staged in what looks like someone’s basement in the ’70s, a space designed by the actors.
Starring as Mercutio and Lord Capulet, Zeke Sulkes continues a streak of shows with Graney and the Hypocrites, a relationship that will take him to Boston this June when the Hypocrites remount their promenade production of Pirates of Penzanceat the American Repetory Theater. A native of Rochester, New York, Sulkes fell in love with theater after his grandma took him to see Pirates of Penzance as a child, and he’s been performing ever since. Sulkes speaks to us about designing the show with his costars, the pros and cons of unorthodox staging, and his future with Gilbert & Sullivan."
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