Blackburn-Winning Play The Nether Opens at L.A.'s Kirk Douglas

News   Blackburn-Winning Play The Nether Opens at L.A.'s Kirk Douglas
Brighid Fleming, Adam Haas Hunter, Robert Joy, Dakin Matthews and Jeanne Syquia star in Jennifer Haley's Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning The Nether, about the addictive world of virtual reality, getting its world premiere at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Opening is March 24 following previews from March 19.

Robert Joy and Brighid Fleming
Robert Joy and Brighid Fleming Photo by Craig Schwartz

CTG associate artistic director Neel Keller directs the production, to play to April 14. 

According to CTG, "The Nether tantalizes with timely, thought-provoking questions about the growing sophistication of the digital realm, and the possibility that it will become a more fulfilling place to 'live' than the real world. Set in the not-too-distant future, where a detective investigates a highly interactive site in which taboo acts of secret desires are blurring the boundaries of right and wrong, and of virtual and real. She finds herself in a battle of wills with a charismatic suspect and wrestles with the question, is it a crime if the blood is just bits of computer code?"

The Nether's creative team includes scenic designer Adrian Jones, costume designer Alex Jaeger, lighting designer Christopher Kuhl and sound designer John Zalewski. Casting is by Erika Sellin, and the production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.

Los Angeles playwright Jennifer Haley won the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Nether, which was developed at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Lark Play Development Center. She was a member of CTG's 2011-12 Writers' Workshop where she wrote Sustainable Living, which was developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Her other plays include Breadcrumbs at the American Contemporary Theatre Festival, also produced locally at Theatre 150 in Ojai, CA, plus Froggy, a graphic novel play, in development with American Conservatory Theatre and The Banff Centre, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, which premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville's 2008 Humana Festival. She has had residencies with the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Page 73 Productions/Rockefeller Brothers Fund and The MacDowell Colony. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University.

Tickets for The Nether are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA.

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