written by August Strindberg
in a new version by David Greig
directed by David Trainer
with Burt Grinstead, Heather Prete and Jack Stehlin
In this toxic triangle, Adolph anxiously awaits the return of his wife Tekla to their seaside resort, comforted by his world-wise advisor Gustav. But Adolf soon finds himself in the center of a scintillating exchange of suspicion and revenge, as old wounds are opened, insecurities are laid bare and former debts are paid.
October 11- December 15, 2013
Odyssey Theatre: 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. LA, CA 90025
General admission: $25-$30
Students, seniors, and Guild members (except on Sat): $20
Pay What You Can: $10 minimum
"For his part, Stehlin (Weeds), the artistic director of The New American Theatre (a new moniker for his long-established Circus Theatricals), has been such a continually substantive presence in Los Angeles theater that it has become too easy to take him for granted. Gustav's feral intellectual is an awesome creation of Strindberg's, both passionate and parodistic, icily cerebral yet with the persuasive power of a born salesman, and Stehlin revels in the full measure of this wounded monster. He even suggests the kind of satiric self-loathing that undoubtedly influenced Vladimir Nabokov in his invention of Clare Quilty in Lolita." Myron Meisel, The Hollywood Reporter
**** PICK OF THE WEEK! **** LA Weekly
**** "Incisively directed by David Trainer!"
"draws you in with its hypnotic spell!"
"Stehlin is phenomenal!"
"Bitterly cynical but engrossing, The Creditors is strictly for those who enjoy an intellectual argument spiked with misogyny and cyanide."
**** "A Wild Ride Through a Deadly Carnival Fun House! Comedic adaptation...
as appalling as it is thrilling. Brilliant!" **** - F. Kathleen Foley - LA Times
"This brilliantly directed production is a sweet shot of extraordinary theatre that will entertain until the very end with eloquent staging and a great script, bound nicely with the superb acting." Rose Desena - The Los Angeles Post
**** Director David Trainer has crafted a masterful tableau that reaches into the souls of the three protagonists
and rips out their secret anxieties, only to fling them at each other with the deadly venom of revenge.**** Jose Ruiz - Reviewplays
"The new co-production by the New American Theatre and the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble is superb, a razor-sharp drama highlighted by Jack Stehlin's devilishly entertaining performance."
A spellbinding, mind teasing, highly involving evening of theater looking at "love ... obsession ... and payback." Deliciously Directed by David Trainer, and flawlessly performed by a trio of fine actors, this play is a titillating theatrical journey for the audience. Pat Taylor - Tolucan Times
Well written, well presented, and well worth your time!
What's truly amazing, however, is that over a hundred years later, the relevance to such ideas and the search for these truths is still significant. It is still worth exploring, and this production is a wonderful example of how art can illuminate such truths.
Study with JACK STEHLIN (Juilliard graduate, SAG Award nominee, Roy Till from Showtime's Weeds, and more) and ALFRED MOLINA (Guildhall graduate, three time Tony award nominee, SAG Award nominee, TV/Film star Spiderman 2, Frida, and more).
The focus of the Studio is on scenes and monologes from modern and neo-classic plays, as well as Shakespeare and other classics.