The Nether

The Nether

by  Jennifer Haley

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 1f, 1girl(s)

The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination.
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The Nether
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f, 1girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, From West End, Susan Smith Blackburn Award Winner, Olivier-nominated
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.

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Accolades

  • WINNER - 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
    NOMINEE - 2015 Olivier Award for Best Play
    NOMINEE - 2015 5 Lucille Lortel Awards including Outstanding Play
    NOMINEE - 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off-Broadway Play
    NOMINEE - 2015 Evening Standard Nook Award, Best Play

Reviews

REVIEWS

"As a parable for where we’re headed on that big old highway in the digital sky, The Nether exerts a viselike grip, while taking you down avenues of thought you probably haven’t traveled yet." - The New York Times, Read More

"Deeply disturbing and provocative" - The Independent, Read More

"The Nether is a gripping and deeply disconcerting look at the Internet and its role in one of the most disturbing issues of our times." - Telegraph, Read More

"‘The Nether is an emotional detective story first and foremost." - Time Out London, Read More

"Haley has taken as her subject several of the most fearsome betes noires of our age: paedophilia, the internet’s sinister imaginative power, and the symbiotic relationship between the two." - The Guardian, Read More

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Videos

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  • Jennifer Haley on producing The Nether
  • The Nether trailer - Woolly Mammoth Theatre
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: The Future
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting:

    An interrogation room and a virtual Victorian house.

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 1f, 1girl(s)
SIMS/PAPA - A successful businessman
MORRIS - A young female detective
DOYLE - A middle-aged science teacher
IRIS - A shining little girl
WOODNUT - A fresh-faced guest
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Jennifer Haley

Jennifer Haley is a playwright whose work delves into ethics in virtual reality and the impact of technology on our human relationships, identity, and desire. She won the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, a Los Angeles Ovation Award and the Francesca Primus Prize for her play, The Nether, which premiered at Center Thea ...

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The Nether received its world premiere at the Center Theatre Group in LA in 2013, under the direction of Neel Keller. The play was subsequently produced in 2014 by the Royal Court Theatre and Headlong in London, directed by Jeremy Herrin. This production ran on the West End in 2015 at the Duke of York's Theatre. Also in 2015, The Nether received its New York City premiere by MCC at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, directed by Anne Kauffmann.

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