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CREDITORS RAN October 11- December 15, 2013



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.

in a new version by DAVID GREIG


A co-production of The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and The New American Theatre
Set Designer THOMAS A. WALSH
Sound Designer RON KLIER
Assistant Director NOAH JAMES
Casting Director JULIE ALTER

95 minutes

"With this impressive, incisive production, Creditors leaves the audience deeply in its debt"
 "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!"
"psychological thriller!"
"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

**** Well written, well presented, and well worth your time! ***
Cynthia Citron – Santa Monica Daily Press 

**** 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."  

 Terry Morgan - LAist   



"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   

"Trainer's trio carries out this dark, neo-Darwinian comedy with effortless efficiency, a polish that makes the crude psychodynamics all the more repellent."


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!  

 Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press  



 "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  



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. 

OTE and New American Theatre's CREDITORS Hits the Mark in its Latest Adaptation
Don Grigware - Broadway World




with interviews with the Creditors actors and director:


Listen to the KPFK Radio interview
with Creditors cast Burt Grinstead, Heather Anne Prete and Jack Stehlin,
hosted by Julio Martinez



Burt Grinstead
Theatre: Off-Broadway - Will in The Girl in the Park, Mitch in Physical, Albert Feather in Ladies in Retirement. Los Angeles: Peter/Craig in Dying City, Clifford Anderson in Deathtrap, Gerd in Esther's Moustache. Regional: Paul Hornung in Lombardi (Kentucky Repertory Theatre), Kent in Reasons to be Pretty (SpeakEasy Stage in Boston, MA), Mark Antony in Julius Ceasar (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival). Film: Austin in Eat With Me, Josh in Sebastian, Freddy in Paint, Jacob Cooper in The Fence, Brandon Wescott in Abigail. Television: My George (Hallmark Movie Channel), The Young & the Restless (CBS), Criminal Minds (CBS), Malibu Country (ABC), Don't Trust the B----- in Apartment 23 (ABC). Burt cannot thank the people who believe and trust in him enough. Very special thanks go to his parents, Carrie and Eric, and his siblings, Joe and Becky. August Strindberg.




Heather Anne Prete
Heather began her career in Chicago where she worked in film, television and theatre. She performed lead roles at Steppenwolf, The Goodman and Chicago Shakespeare, among others. Regionally: Clarence Brown, Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, Milwaukee Repertory, among others. The highlight of her career has been being cast by, and working with, Arthur Miller and Robert Falls to originate the character of Kitty in Finishing The Picture, the last play written by Arthur Miller before he died. Television credits include Hot in Cleveland, Free Agents, NCIS, CSI, The Whole Truth, Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Peep Show, and Eli Stone among others. Some film credits are Baby on Board, Bokshu, Expecting Mercy and The Room Next Door. Heather is also a mindfulness facilitator and a meditation coach.


Jack Stehlin
Gustav/Artistic Director, The New American Theatre
New York/Regional; Salome with Al Pacino; nine productions at NYC's Public Theatre including Richard II, Henry V, Casanova, Henry IV, Part I, Julius Caesar. New American Theatre: More Lies About Jerzy (director, David Trainer), Julius Caesar, Harm's Way (LA /NYC), Midsummer Night's Dream, Titus Redux (Not Man Apart co-production/Kirk Douglas Theatre/RadarLA,). Odyssey/New American Theatre (Circus Theatricals) co-productions: Taming of the Shrew, Misanthrope, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, Scapin. Recent film: Wilde Salome, starring/directed by Al Pacino. Jack may be best known on TV as DEA captain Roy Till on Weeds (Showtime). Other TV: NCIS LA, NCIS, The Event, Dark Blue, Without a Trace, Monk, JAG, The Practice, Crossing Jordan, ER, NYPD Blue, more. Jack is a graduate of The Juilliard School, alumnus of The Acting Company.



August Strindberg
(1849-1912) A Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet and essayist who is considered to be the father of modern Swedish literature. He often drew on his personal experiences with numerous works that include The Father (1887), Miss Julie (1888), Creditors (1889), The Stronger (1890), Easter (1900), The Dance of Death (1900), A Dream Play (1902) and The Ghost Sonata (1907).





David Greig
David Greig is an award-winning writer. His work includes the book of the stage musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Drury Lane Theatre); The Events (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh/Young Vic); The Letter Of Last Resort (Tricyle Theatre/Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh); Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (Tron Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland); Fragile/Cello (Theatre Uncut, Southwark Playhouse/ Latitude Festival); Midsummer (Traverse Theatre and Soho Theatre/Tricycle Theatre, UK and international tour); Dunisnane (RSC at Hampstead Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland tour); Damascus (Traverse Theatre, Scotland and the Tricycle Theatre); Miniskirts Of Kabul (Tricycle Theatre); Brewers Fayre, (Traverse Theatre) Outlying Islands, (Traverse Theatre and Royal Court, Upstairs); The American Pilot (RSC, Soho & MTC); Pyrenees (Paines Plough); The Cosmonaut's Last Message To The Woman He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union (Donmar Warehouse); The Architect and Europe (Traverse Theatre). Adaptations include The Creditors (Donmar Warehouse and BAM, NYC): The Bacchae (Edinburgh International Festival and Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith); Tintin in Tibet (Barbican, Playhouse Theatre, London and National Tour ); When The Bulbul Stopped Singing (Traverse Theatre); Caligula (Donmar Warehouse) and Peter Pan (NTS, Traverse/ Barbican). David's work for children and young people includes, The Monster In the Hall (TAG Theatre Co. Glasgow/Traverse Theatre); Yellow Moon (TAG Theatre Co. Glasgow/Traverse Theatre and tour); Gobbo (National Theatre of Scotland, Highlands tour); Dr Korczak's Example (TAG Theatre Co. Glasgow, Citizen's Theatre and BAC, London). He has also written extensively for radio. David is currently under commission to the Almeida Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland. He is working with Film Four on a screen adaptation of his stage play Midsummer. Other films include: Vinyan and A Complicated Kindness.


David Trainer
David directed Jack Stehlin in More Lies About Jerzy by Davey Holmes for New American Theatre; Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and Keith Carradine in Foxfire on Broadway and at the Ahmanson; The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney at Playwrights Horizons, off-Boadway and the Kennedy Center. David has directed at The Long Wharf, Williamstown, Manhattan Theatre Club and the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. On television he directed Designing Women, Grace Under Fire, Cybill and That '70s Show.

Ron Sossi
Producer/Artistic Director, The Odyssey Theatre

Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin
Producer/Managing Director, The New American Theatre
Producer: 80+ plays for New American Theatre/Circus Theatricals including; More Lies About Jerzy (dir. David Trainer), Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, Bedfellows, 18 One Act Festivals, As Is, Five Beauties by Tennessee Williams, I Never Sang for My Father, Sister Cities (world premiere), Titus Redux (w/ Not Man Apart at Kirk Douglas Theatre and RADAR-LA), LA/Off-Broadway productions of, Harm's Way, The Job; Many New American Theatre/Odyssey Theatre co-productions. Short film Game 7, (2013 Naperville Independent Film Festival finalist). As an actor; Jeannine had done numerous plays in LA and Chicago. Film/TV: Watch It, Rancho Cucamonga, Chicago 8. She made her TV debut as a preschooler on the children's program, Romper Room. Jeannine has a B.S. in Advertising from University of Illinois and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Thomas A. Walsh
Scenic Design
Thomas's body of work encompasses feature films, Imax, television documentaries, Broadway dramas and musicals. He designed the world premieres of the multi-award winning Zoot Suit and Children of a Lesser God for Broadway, as well as the Outer Circle Critics-nominated production of Marty Casella's musical, Play It Cool. He designed Annapurna and The Irish Curse at the Odyssey. Feature credits include The Handmaid's Tale, John Carpenter's Vampires, The Majestic and A Gathering of Old Men. He is the designer of Desperate Housewives, and other credits include In Plain Sight, Buddy Faro and My So Called Life. Thomas is a winner of the Art Directors Guild Award, as well as multiple Emmy nominations. Thomas is also a winner of the Emmy for Buddy Faro. He is a native of Los Angeles.


Merrily Murray-Walsh
Costume Design
Film/TV credits include Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long, (Ace nomination), In Search of Dr. Suess (Emmy nomination), The Murder of Mary Phagan (Emmy, best mini-series), The Glass Menagerie, MGM: When the Lion Roared, War Story: Vietnam, and Miss Lonelyhearts. Opera designs: Vanqui (Opera Columbus), The Pearl Fishers, Carmen (Virginia Opera), and Dialogues of the Carmelites, Patience, and Margaret Garner at Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera. Theater credits: The Speed of Darkness and Brothers on Broadway, and The Iceman Cometh at The Abbey Theatre. Regional theatre work includes The Old Globe Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory, Oregon Shakespearean Festival, Denver Center, Indiana Repertory, Children's Theatre of Louisville, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage, Goodman Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Arena Stage.


Nicholas Davidson
Light Design
Nicholas is a lighting designer working in theatre, opera, dance and architecture. Currently here in Los Angeles, he is a themed entertainment lighting designer and consultant for Thinkwell Group, as well as working with LA-based theatres and dance companies, including Diavolo Dance Theatre and The Underground Street Dance Company. Recent design highlights include Diavolo's world premiere of Fluid Infinities, Let There Be Light for Temple Israel of Hollywood, and Bukowski.Sondheim for the California Repertory Company. Previous assistant design highlights include two seasons at the Central City Opera Festival and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in Rome, Italy.


Ron Klier
Sound Design
Ron recently wrote, directed and did the sound design for Cops and Friends of Cops, the inaugural production of the VS. Theatre Company in their new home. Additional sound design credits include Julius Caesar, Bedfellows, As Is (co-designed with director John Farmanesh-Bocca) and Five Beauties for The New American Theatre, State of the Union for Interact Theatre, Sugar Daddy at the Lounge Theatre, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball for West Coast Ensemble Theatre, Hard as Nails for Moving Arts Theatre; and for the VS. Theatre Company: The Mercy Seat, Blackbird (2009 LADCC Award Winner and LA Weekly Award nominee), Eagle Hills, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Landing, Pugilist Specialist, On An Average Day, Eric LaRue, Waste of Shame and Navy Pier.


Noah James
Assistant Director
Noah attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at The Meisner Studio, The Experimental Theatre Wing, Stonestreet Studios, and abroad at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Television: Co-star 90210. Film credits include Dog it Down, In Development, Goodbye Simon and Breaking and Entering. NYU Theater credits include Spring Awakening, Pericles, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Nine, Blue Window and Three Sisters. Recently appeared as Lysander in The New American Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Josie Griffin-Roosth
Stage Manager
Josie is a veteran at the Odyssey Theatre. Her recent shows include Ionescopade, Theatre in the Dark, The Fall to Earth, Grace Notes & Anvils and Adding Machine: A Musical. She'd like to thank her family and friends for putting up with her vanishing into theatre for months at a time!

Peter Simpson Cook
Graphic Designer

Julie Alter
Casting Director
Film/TV casting includes Last Temptation of Christ, King of New York, thirtysomething, Dream On (HBO), Sunday Dinner, Rebel Highway (Showtime). Directors include Martin Scorsese, Arthur Penn, Abel Ferrar, Robert Rodriguez, William Friedkin, Allan Arkush, Gary Sinise, John Landis, Christopher Guest, Marshall Herskowitz, Ed Zwick. Off B'way: Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights and Directors include David Trainer, Arthur Penn, John Patrick Shanley, Beth Henley. Broadway: Casting Associate, Guys & Dolls, Amadeus, The Elephant Man, Les Miz, Dreamgirls, Phantom of the Opera, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Training: Northwestern University, Chicago - Frank Galati; Circle-in the-Square, NYC - Larry Moss, Nikos Psacharopoulos. Thank you, David Trainer, for offering me a Master Class in serious fun; Jack, for having the heart of an artist; and Jeannine, for making it all work.


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