Patrick Midgley directs the sci-fi crime drama that explores the dark side of the internet.
Texas Tech University's School of Theatre & Dance will present Jennifer Haley's “The Nether” March 1-4 in the Charles E. Maedgen, Jr. Mainstage Theatre, located at 2812 18th St. between Boston and Flint avenues. Curtain times for the 2017-2018 Mainstage Season are 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
“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.
Patrick Midgley, a second year doctorate student and director of the play, said “The Nether” takes a hard look at the darkest side of technology and the human imagination while asking the audience to answer questions regarding boundaries, truth and knowing oneself in a digitally constructed society.
“This play may shock or frighten, and our production will not hide from the hard questions it asks,” Midgley said. “As university students we are obligated to confront and challenge our most deeply held assumptions. I hope this confrontation will remind us that the most powerful platform for sustained and thoughtful discourse, nuanced investigation and change when we assemble together to open our hearts and minds and listen is not occurring behind a screen. It is theatre.”
Tickets for “The Nether” are $18 for individuals and $5 for students with a valid student ID. A limited number of free student rush tickets are available for Texas Tech Students. More information is available online or by calling (806) 742-3603.