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'The Nether:' Theatrical Commentary On The Digital World

Editor's note: this conversation contains elements of sex and violence that might not be suitable for some listeners.
In the near future, the Internet has become a totally immersive virtual reality called The Nether, in which users can carry out their wildest fantasies.

And in the dingiest corners of this world, digital entrepreneurs have created a space that allows you to act on some of the darkest human impulses, through sex and violence. It's up to the authorities - and the audience - to determine whether these virtual crimes require real punishments.

This is the premise of a play called "The Nether," a show that raises questions about what is right or wrong in a world that supposedly has no consequences.

Host Frank Stasio talks with the production's director, Jules Odendahl-James, and actors Caitlin Wells, Michael Brocki and Lazarus Simmons about "The Nether."

The show is on stage now through April 23rd at ManBites Dog Theater in Durham.

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Will Michaels is WUNC's Weekend Host and Reporter.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.