Highland Park native Jeff Perry stars in ‘Seagull’ on Steppenwolf Theatre’s newest stage

Highland Park native Jeff Perry stars in ‘Seagull’ on Steppenwolf Theatre’s newest stage

CHICAGO (TOC) — Jeff Perry is widely-known for taking part in the gloriously depraved Cyrus Beene on “Scandal.”

However he is additionally one of many founding members of Chicago’s world-acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre, the place you’ll be able to see him now starring in “Seagull.”

Anton Chekhov’s “Seagull” is the primary manufacturing launched within the 400-seat Ensemble Theater “within the spherical” – an area that displays the Steppenwolf spirit.

Trying round now, Perry mentioned he feels “a combo platter of astonishment and gratitude.”

“With Chekhov’s work you really need individuals to really feel like, ‘I bought invited right here, these individuals do not even know I am right here,'” Perry mentioned of his newest efficiency. “That is what you need for the viewers – a way of a voyeur, being plopped down.”

Perry and Gary Sinise turned “theater children” at Highland Park Excessive Faculty.

“We fell in love with it – so there, leap forward a number of years to Illinois State College the place I meet John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf,” Perry mentioned. “To seek out that you simply love working in group, as a tribe, as a creative household, as ensemble, that you simply feed off the humorousness, the sense of vulnerability, the sense of braveness.”

He nonetheless has a particular place in his coronary heart for Cyrus, too.

“I like me some Cyrus, oh, I am so grateful for that man,” Perry mentioned. “Seven years of attending to discover that lovely, loopy, cantankerous, a little bit bit romantic, once-in-a-while good man.”

“Seagull” flies excessive till June 12 – or perhaps July, if there’s viewers demand.

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