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Backdoor Playhouse presents 'The Nether'

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"Mr. Doyle," played by James Alder, is questioned by "Detective Morris," played by Ashley Wheeler, concerning his activities in "The Nether."

Published Tuesday Jan 30, 2018

The science fiction crime drama “The Nether” by Jennifer Haley opens in Tennessee Tech’s Backdoor Playhouse Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m.

Performances will continue Feb. 9, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. nightly, with additional performances on Feb. 15 at 10 p.m. and a special matinee performance on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.

Artistic director Mark Creter described “The Nether” as an extended episode of the popular science fiction TV show “Black Mirror.” The Nether contains mature language and subject matter that may be objectionable for some audience members.

Tech alumnus and current graduate student Joseph Clark directs this educational theater premiere production in middle Tennessee. This is Clark’s sixth time directing for the Tech theater program and his first time directing for the Backdoor Playhouse stage since 2014.

The “Nether” of the title refers to a not-to-distant future equivalent of the internet that provides total sensory immersion in a virtual wonderland. You log in, choose an identity and indulge every desire. In the play, a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment and she begins an interrogation into the darkest and most frightening corners of the imagination.

The cast, led by Creter in the role of “Sims/Papa,” also features Tech alumnus and Playhouse veteran Houston Fehrman as “Mr. Woodnut” and Tech students Ashley Wheeler as “Detective Morris,” Dallas Stark as “Iris” and James Alder as “Mr. Doyle.” The production features set design by Andrew Neal and light design by Alder with strong stage management by Kate Mucke.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for senior citizens and $5 for all students. For reservations or further information, contact the Backdoor Playhouse box office at 931-372-6595 or visit www.tntech.edu/bdph.

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