There’s one in every office; the quiet mysterious person who occasionally gives little clues about a dark past. Most of the time you forget he is there, but every once in a while, you find yourself eavesdropping on a conversation that may or may not involve plans on where to stash the remains of something or how to get out of town in a hurry. He’s may be the reason you take your purse with you every time you go to the bathroom, but you can’t help wondering what’s really going on in his head.
That guy came to life on the NBC show The Office in the character of Creed Bratton. The quality control supervisor often sat in the corner of the office writing a blog. It was implied that he was homeless and lived in a car out of which he sold fake I’D’s. He was portrayed by an actor whose name just happens to be Creed Bratton. One can’t help but wonder how much the two Mr. Bratton’s have in common.
On Wednesday, September 30 Porlanders will have the opportunity to find out more about Mr. Bratton, when he comes to The Mission Theater to perform his live show. The show combines comedy with music. Although, it will come as no surprise to Office fans that the show includes a lot of storytelling, Mr. Bratton’s musical talents may be unexpected. A lot of people don’t realize it, but Creed is a rock star.
In the 1960’s Mr. Bratton played the guitar and sang in the band, The Grass Roots. He joined the group at the height of its popularity in the mid-sixties. The band was best known for its songs Let’s Live for Today and Midnight Confession.
He began acting in 1979, appearing in the television shows Quincy Jones M.D. and Eight is Enough. He was on The Bernie Mac Show, when he heard that NBC was casting a new sit com called The Office. The producers liked him, but didn’t have a part for him. They decided to put him in the background and said they might give him a speaking part eventually.
Mr. Bratton decided to take a chance on the show and quit Bernie Mac. He based the Creed character on a version of himself that never stopped taking drugs after the 1960’s. He improvised several lines and was eventual given a long scene with the show’s star Steve Carrell.
His one man show is a combination of music and stories accompanied by music. Many of the stories center on his experiences as a young man, traveling around the world, playing music and taking many different psychedelic drugs.
The seventy-one-year old performer has had nothing, if not an interesting life. Before he was a rock star, he performed and traveled with the band, The Young Californians. He had the unique experience of living on a cargo ship for 28 days.
In addition to not being able to find a place to call home, he changed his name three times in his life from his birth name, William Charles Schniderman to Chuck Ertdod, which was the name he took when his mother remarried, to Creed Bratton after a night of drinking ouzo in Paris.
He discusses his experiences with women in the show, telling the audience what it was like to have groupies and saying that he, “made love to many people, some in the dark and in the rain. It’s possible a man slipped in; there’s no way of knowing.” He also admits that at the age of 71 he has “outlived his penis.”
Mr. Bratton goes onstage at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at The Mission, Tickets to the show are $20 in advance and $25.00 at the door.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.