by Jennifer Haley
directed by Carl Wallnau
WHEN: October 9 - October 25, Thursday at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. There are 2 pm Matinees on Wednesdays October 14 and 21 and for the Friday preview on October 9.
WHERE: Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $25.00 to $27.50. Thursday evening performances are buy one/get one free when you purchase tickets in person at the box office two hours prior to performance time. Discounts are available for students and seniors.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit us oline at www.centenarystageco.org or call the box office at (908) 979 – 0900. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the CSC box office located in the David and Carol Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to every performance.
According to the New York Times, “Imagine an episode of ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ written by a futurist fiction writer like Ray Bradbury or Iain Banks” and you have Jennifer Haley’s provocative The Nether. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.
A new virtual wonderland provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every whim. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire.
The Nether premiered spring 2013 in Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre. A London production opened summer 2014 at the Royal Court with Headlong, transferring to the West End with Sonia Friedman Productions in winter 2015 and MCC produced the play off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York in the winter of 2015.
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 for her play, The Nether. Other plays include Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, a horror story about suburban video game addiction, and Froggy, a noir thriller with interactive media design and a live soundtrack. Jennifer has worked with Center Theatre Group, Royal Court Theatre, Headlong, Sonia Friedman Productions, the Humana Festival of New Plays, American Conservatory Theater, The Banff Centre, Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Lark Play Development Center, PlayPenn, and Page 73. She is a member of New Dramatists in New York City and lives in Los Angeles, where she founded the Playwrights Union.
The Nether at Centenary Stage Company will be directed by CSC’s own award winning Artistic Director Carl Wallnau. Emmy Award winning set designer Bob Phillips returns for the final design of his celebrated career to transform the Sitnik Stage into the lush imaginative virtual wonderland of The Nether.
The 2015-16 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.