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By August Strindberg, a new version by David Greig
Directed by Sandy Shinner

Featuring Artistic Associate Linda Gillum

April 10 - June 2, 2013

Greenhouse Theater Center, Upstairs Studio

Strindberg does comedy with a vengeance.

Before The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, before Ingmar Bergman, before even the phrase "Swedish noir," came Creditors, a sexy, twisting tale of psychological manipulation and revenge. Not that Strindberg saw it that way – he told his publisher the play was "humorous, loveable, all of its characters sympathetic."

A mysterious doctor advises a young sculptor that his marriage to an older woman is destroying not only his art but his masculinity. Determined to disprove these doubts, the young husband confronts his wife about her flirtatious behavior and starts an avalanche of acerbic wit and sexual power plays, headed to a shocking final revelation.

Creditors is the spiraling story of a ruthless psychological assault, a step-by-step march into a mental and sexual abyss. Strindberg may have seen the play as comedy, but it is humor as dark as midwinter Sweden. We’re proud to present the Midwest premiere of David Grieg’s witty new adaptation that drew raves in London and New York.

"gripping, powerful and blackly comic"
The Telegraph on the London production of Creditors


Social Media Art Contest

Remy Bumppo hosted a Social Media Art Competition for students of the School of the Art Institute Chicago based around the themes and images of our our upcoming production of Creditors. Learn more >

Creditors Field Guide Explore our online Field Guide, featuring research, study tools, and snippets about the production.

Between The Lines

Eric Bergman headshot

Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 1:30 pm

Chad Eric Bergman, artist and educator, will discuss Creditors.

May 11, 2013, at 1:30 pm

Lawrence Smith, a visiting lecturer in the College of Media at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana who holds a PhD in theatre and cinema, specializing in 20th-century Swedish drama, will discuss Creditors.

Learn more about Between The Lines >


The 2012/2013 Season is generously underwritten by:

Creditors is underwritten, in part, by:
THE JANE ELLEN MURRAY FOUNDATION, Executive Production Sponsor

BRUCE AND MARY FEAY, Assistant Production Sponsors
GMD & PARTNERS, Assistant Production Sponsor
JAMES LUPO AND JOY WYKOWSKI, Assistant Production Sponsors
KAREN RANDOLPH AND BILL LINDEN, Assistant Production Sponsors


Linda Gillum headshot
Linda Gillum
Mark L. Montegomery headshot
Mark L. Montgomery
Gabriel Ruiz headshot
Gabriel Ruiz

Photo Gallery

Photos by Johnny Knight
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