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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.

Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
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.