2020/21 Season

The Nether

The Nether

By Jennifer Haley
Directed by Peter Pasyk

A co-production with

Coal Mine Theatre

October 11–November 4, 2018
Previews: October 7, 9 & 10
Coal Mine Theatre
1454 Danforth Ave, Toronto

In the immersive virtual world of the Nether, guests can log in, assume an identity and indulge their darkest desires. A serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller, The Nether explores the consequences of living out one’s private dreams. Written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-Winner Jennifer Haley and directed by acclaimed Coal Mine alumnus Peter Pasyk (Killer Joe, Poison).

Written by Jennifer Haley
Directed by Peter Pasyk
Featuring Katherine Cullen, Hannah Levinson, Mark McGrinder, Robert Persichini and David Storch
Stage Manager Heather Thompson
Set and Lighting Design Patrick Lavender 
Costume Design Michelle Bohn
Music and Sound Design Richard Feren
Projection Design Nick Bottomley
Production Manager Charissa Wilcox
Child Minder Amy Lee

“as smart as it is unsettling…The Nether exerts a viselike grip, while taking you down avenues of thought you probably haven’t traveled yet.”
The New York Times

“thought-provoking, deeply disconcerting…a piece that taps into one of the most urgent and disturbing issues of our times”

“Dark, disturbing and extraordinary…a cold, hard look at human behaviour.”
Huffington Post


Canada Council for the Arts

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Studio 180 Season Sponsor

BMO Financial Group


“The strength of this production lies in the moral questions at its centre, and in Peter Pasyk’s masterful direction…As the woman next to me exclaimed before one reveal: ‘Oh. My. God. No.’ What stronger proof of a work’s haunting, visceral power?” NOW Toronto (NNNN)

“a virtually perfect production…[Playwright Jennifer Haley’s] dramatic twists are gripping – and [actors David] Storch and [Robert] Persichini fill her monsters with enough vulnerability and even love to make the moral universe of her play that much more messed up.” Globe and Mail (3.5 stars)

“a slick production…weighing the positives and negatives of being plugged in, and the long-term effects that the images we see have on us.” Toronto Star (3 stars)

“It’s beautifully directed, designed and acted by these gifted people. I love that it makes us feel uncomfortable for all the right reasons. And gives us lots to chew on.” Slotkin Letter

“Gripping, laser-focused work from the cast in this haunting tale of a fascinating and disturbing new world—all the more troubling as it’s not too far into the future.” Life With More Cowbell

“It’s an exceptional production, a study in contrasts…The Nether left me with questions and no answers.” Mooney on Theatre

“as provocative as it is insidious, as seductive as it is repellent. In short, The Nether is an unsettling theatrical experience that cries out for a fierce debate once it has ended…Plays like The Nether that provoke a strong reaction in the audience are what makes theatre such a grand adventure.” Paula Citron, Ludwig van Toronto

“a dazzling production” Christopher Hoile, Stage Door

“This is truly outstanding theatre.” James Karas Reviews

“It’s a complex and challenging play. This production is both remarkable and astonishing! Not to be missed!” —John Koensgen

“Great play, great performances and a taut, elementally stylish production. Go into the Nether!” —Allan James Cooke

The Nether messed me up. In a good way. Wow. I’d read the script before and even still it gripped and shocked me. Amazing design and incredible performances of a very challenging script.” —Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster

“…immersed me in a world of online avatars with criminal intentions. Left shaken, in a good way. Thoughtful, challenging and so damned well-acted.” —Trish Crawford

“The staging and sound were as superb and integral to the show as the script and cast.” —Reinier G.