THE NETHER Comes to Capital Stage This January
Capital Stage presents the Sacramento Premiere of the Award Winning Play The Nether by Jennifer Haley. This haunting sci-fi thriller explores the dark side of the internet, and of human behaviour. The Nether will be Kirk Blackinton's Capital Stage directing debut and is the fourth production of Capital Stage's 2017/18 Season. Performances will run from January 24 - February 25, 2018 with a Press Opening on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm.
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, and seven 2013 L.A. Ovation Awards including Best New Play, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.
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 Theatre Group and was subsequently produced at The Royal Court Theatre with Headlong in London. Other plays include Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, which premiered at The Actors Theatre of Louisville 2008 Humana Festival, and Froggy, in development with Center Theatre Group and American Conservatory Theater. Jennifer's work has been developed at The Banff Centre, the Sundance Theatre Lab, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Lark Play Development Center, PlayPenn, Page 73, and the MacDowell Colony. She is a member of New Dramatists in New York City and lives in Los Angeles, where she founded the Playwrights Union.
Kirk Blackinton Kirk is humbled to be directing at Capital Stage for the first time. You may have seen him on stage here in How To Use A Knife, Mr. Burns, or In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play. He has acted in and directed shows at theaters all around Sacramento, and co-founded Big Idea Theatre Company with his wife Shannon and several of their close friends. Some of his favorite directing credits include Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night at STC (co-directed with Brian Harrower), and The Pillowman and When The Rain Stops Falling at Big Idea.
The Nether will be directed by Kirk Blackinton (Capital Stage directing debut) and will feature Jeb Burris (Capital Stage debut), Graham Scott Green (Betrayal), Tim Kniffin (Capital Stage debut), Imani Mitchell (Playwrights Revolution), Kylie Standley (Capital Stage debut). The production design team will include Timothy McNamara (Scenic & Lighting design), Rebecca Valentino (Costume design), Russell Dow (Projections design), Emi Mizuno Teixeira (Properties design), Amelia Holt (Scenic Charge Artist) and Ed Lee (Sound design).
Performances for The Nether will begin with three previews on Wednesday, Jan. 24th & Thursday, Jan. 25th at 7:00 pm, and Friday, Jan. 26th at 8:00 pm. The production will open Saturday, Jan. 27th at 8:00 pm. Performances will continue through Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Showtimes will be Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Regular ticket prices range from $28-45. Discount tickets are available as follows: Student Rush tickets are half priced with valid student ID within 1 hour of performance; Senior tickets are $5 off regular priced tickets; Military personnel tickets are $10 off regular priced tickets with valid ID; and Group Rate tickets are $5 off each for parties of 12 or more. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office, by phone at 916-995-5464, or online at capstage.org.