Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Welcome to The Nether: log in, choose an identity, indulge your every whim. When a detective uncovers a disturbing brand of online entertainment, she triggers an intense battle between technology and human desire. The Nether is a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out private dreams in a world of ever-advancing technology.

A Conversation with Playwright Jennifer Haley

Source: Samuel French's Youtube Channel

Why should you be excited about The Nether?

The Jungle's artistic team weighs in:

  •  It's an amazingly well-crafted thriller that stays with you long after you see it.
  • The Nether engages us in conversation about anonymity and accountability in the Internet age. The twists and turns of the play complicate our notions of vilification and responsibility. There are no easy answers.
  • The team creating this play is unbelievable with some of our cities' most innovative and talented actors and a designer and director with national recognition. 


BUT AS A PARABLE for where we're headed on that big old highway in the digital sky,
the nether exerts a vicelike grip...

— The New York Times


Stephen Yoakam - Sims/Papa
Mo Perry - Morris
Craig Johnson - Doyle
JuCoby Johnson - Woodnut
Ella Freeburg - Iris


Casey Stangl - Director
Barry Browning - Lighting Design
Matt Lefebvre - Costume Design
C. Andrew Mayer - Sound Design
Lee Savage - Scenic Design
Maxwell Collyard - Assistant Director
John Novak - Stage Manager/Properties