The Nether

The Nether

The Nether by Jennifer Haley
Directed by Jenny Hollingworth
January 17 – February 9, 2020 (Main Stage Series)

Set in the year 2025, the internet has become The Nether, a totally immersive virtual wonderland where anything goes. When a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.

Please note that while it never shows anything graphic on stage, The Nether is for mature audiences only as it deals with pedophilia, sexual violence, suicide, and other very adult themes.

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Cast:

Kevin CoppsKevin Copps (Doyle) has appeared in Dragon Production’s As Bees in Honey Drown, The Art of Dining, and Becky’s New Car.  Last fall he played Tyrone in the Eugene O’Neill Foundation’s production of Long Day’s Journey into Night, both in Danville, where O’Neill wrote the play, and in New Ross, Ireland, the playwright’s ancestral home. He also appeared as Walter Jenkins in Palo Alto Players All the Way directed by Peter Allas.  Other Bay Area credits include Edward Clarke in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde with Theatre Q; Gaev in The Cherry Orchard at The Pear; Mr. Smith in Breaking the Code with Theatre Rhinoceros; Henry Ford in Camping with Henry and Tom at Bus Barn and Mr. Babcock in Mame at the erstwhile Willows Theatre.  Among other roles are Robert in Proof; Eddie in Entertaining Mr. Sloane; Josef Goebbels in Disney in Deutschland, and Dr. Drum in Walking the Dead.  He understudied Stephen Spinella in the role of Roy Cohn in Berkeley Rep’s recent production of Angels in America. Kevin worked in the classical music business in New York and Los Angeles before moving to San Francisco near the turn of the century.

Drew Jones headshotDrew Jones (Woodnut) This is Drew’s third show with the Dragon, previously the Assistant Director for Too Much, Too Much, Too Many and an actor in An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein. Past productions include Will Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love and Alan in One Man, Two Guvnors (Palo Alto Players), Witch 3/Messenger in Macbeth (TBA Nominated: Featured Role), Will Scarlet/Robin understudy in The Hood of Sherwood, Caliban in The Tempest, and Dr. Caius in Merry Wives of Windsor (Silicon Valley Shakespeare), Nick in Sojourn (Pear Theatre), Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Oswald/Ensemble in Assassins (Los Altos Stage Company), Tommy in Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War (City Lights Theater Company), and Benedick, Orlando, and several other roles in ShakesBEERience (Buck Hill Productions). Drew received his BA in Theatre from SJSU.

Maria Marquis headshotMaria Marquis (Morris) is happy to back on the Dragon stage after appearing as Olympe de Gouges in The Revolutionists and Macbeth last season. She has been acting in the Bay Area since 2008, and is a theatre and voiceover actor, as well as corporate trainer committed to making work less boring. She is the recipient of Theatre Bay Area’s Best Principal Actress award for her work in the world premiere production of The Awakening with Breadbox Theater, and she has appeared numerous times with Dragon Productions and City Lights Theater Company where she received a nomination for Best Principal Actress in The Merchant of Venice and Silent Sky. You can learn more about Maria at mariagmarquis.com, and find her audiobooks on Audible. Thank you for supporting live theatre on the Peninsula!

Ellie Schwert headshotEllie Schwartz (Iris) is happy to be working on her first production at the Dragon! Past roles include Fleance (Macbeth, Silicon Valley Shakespeare), Mustardseed (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Silicon Valley Shakespeare), Betty Parris (The Crucible, Los Altos Stage Company), Alice (Alice in Wonderland, Los Altos Youth Theatre), and Isabella Thorpe (Northanger Abbey Jr, Pear Theatre). She can also be frequently found backstage, where she has recently worked on Sweat (Pear Theatre) and The White Snake (Silicon Valley Shakespeare). On the rare days when not in a theater, she spends her time studying, drinking too much coffee, watching bad horror movies, and bothering her cats.

 

Paul Stout headshotPaul Stout (Simms / Papa) returns to Dragon for the fifth time, the first since 2018’s Equivocation. He has also appeared here in The Birthday Party, Smash and The Other Place.  Paul has appeared in over 30 productions  around the Bay Area over the past decade. You may have seen him at San Jose Stage, Marin Shakespeare, Custom Made Theatre, Douglas Morrison Theatre and Coastal Rep. He is a 2012 Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Award Winner for Acting and holds a degree in theatre from CSU-Chico.  A Chico native, he now resides in San Francisco with two very possessive cats,

 

Production Team:

Jennifer Haley headshotJennifer Haley (Playwright) is a playwright whose work delves into ethics in virtual reality and the impact of technology on our human relationships, identity, and desire. She won the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the 2013 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for her play, The Nether, which premiered with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and has been produced off-Broadway, on London’s West End, across the US and internationally. Other plays include Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, a horror story about suburban video game addiction, and Froggy, a noir thriller with interactive media. Jennifer has worked with the Royal Court Theatre, Headlong, MCC, Sonia Friedman Productions, Woolly Mammoth, the Humana Festival of New Plays, The Banff Centre, Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Lark Play Development Center, PlayPenn, and Page 73. For television, she has written on Netflix’s Hemlock Grove and Mindhunter. Jen is a member of New Dramatists in New York City and lives in Los Angeles, where she founded The Playwrights Union.

Jenny Hollingworth headshotJenny Hollingworth (Director) has worked with several Bay Area theatre companies since moving here from the U.K in 2004. A long-time Harold Pinter aficionado, her production of Pinter’s Betrayal was awarded the Silicon Valley Small Theatre Award for Standout Adult Contemporary Drama (2012) and her direction of The Birthday Party led to her nomination for Best Director, Theatre Bay Area Awards (2014). Most recently, she directed George Orwell’s 1984 at Los Altos Stage Company, Equivocation by Bill Cain for Dragon Theatre Productions and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband at The Pear Theatre, all of which were recommended Theatre Bay Area productions. Next up after The Nether, she will be directing Steel Magnolias at Los Altos Stage Compan

Jenny has a career in PR and communications for a global business consulting firm and is also President of the Dragon Theatre Board. As always, she extends much love and thanks to her husband and sons for their unwavering support.

Audra Batter (Costume Design) is exited to be involved her first Dragon Theater production. She graduated from Cañada College with an AS in Fashion and received her BA in Theatre Production from Notre Dame de Namur University. She interned at The Space Theatre in the Isle of Dogs, London, and has designed costumes for My Fair Lady (PSP), A Midsummer Nights Dream (PVCT), Les Miserables (Hillsdale High School) and various other productions. Audra has received a Certificate of Merit in Costumes and an Irene Ryan nomination for acting (both for her work in NDNU’s Dracula) from the American College Theatre Festival.  

Christina Bauer (Rehearsal Stage Manager) is glad to be back with Dragon Productions. Previous credits include Insignificance at Dragon, The Monster Builder, Dear Master and Temple with Aurora Theatre Company; Into the Beautiful North with Central Works; Love Sick with Jewish Circle Theatre; Antigonick and The Village Bike with Shotgun Players; Orlando and Escanaba in da Moonlight with TheatreFirst; Shrek: The Musical with Berkeley Playhouse; The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and The Merry Wives of Windsor with Livermore Shakespeare Festival. She is proud to have worked as a teacher for Arts Academy and Pleasanton Drama Camps.

Arcadia Conrad (Intimacy Director) is delighted to return to The Dragon, having previously provided theatrical intimacy work for the cast of Anne of The Thousand Days,  and cannot wait to begin work with the cast of Spring Awakening. She is currently studying with Heartland Intimacy Design and Training and plans to continue studying with Intimacy Directors International. She is a theatre educator, director, playwright and performer whose work has appeared at The Dragon, Cupertino Actors Theatre, Santa Clara Players, and City Lights Theatre Company. Love to Luna and John.

Nathanael Card (Scenic Design/Lighting Design) is a Wizard of the Theatre Arts, and is proud to take the form of scenic and lighting designer for The Nether. His past scenic designs include: The Revolutionists, Three Days of Rain, and Cirque Exotique du Monde at Dragon; Godspell, Carousel, and A Chorus Line, with Youth Musical Theater Company; and Southern Lights, with 3 Girls Theater at Z Below. He often crews as an electrician with Smuin Ballet, Berkeley Rep, and ACT

Beth Covey-Snedegar (Properties Designer) has been involved in theatre from a young age on stage and off.  She is thrilled to be back at Dragon for The Nether and working with this amazing cast and crew. When she is not searching for life like fish (When the Rain Stops Falling) and severed heads (Equivocation), she is busy running her floral design and event planning business, Sassy Diva Designs and Events.  And when she isn’t knee deep in flowers and calming anxious brides, she is chasing her two adventurous boys and keeping them out of danger.

Lance Huntley (Photographer)

Jacob Vorperian (Sound Design/Projection Design) is beyond proud to be joining the creative team of The Nether. He studied computer science at Willamette University before moving on to his current roles as House Technician for Dragon Productions, Head of Technology for Epic Immersive, and Projectionist for Viberation Visuals. Jacob also has over a decade of extensive experience in acting, singing, and dancing, with his most recent role being that of Short John in Epic Immersive’s production of Neverland. He would like to thank Marilyn Izdebski for introducing him to the wonderful world of theater, Steve Boyle for turning him professional, and finally Max and Alika for bringing him to Dragon.

Maggie Ziomek (Graphic Designer) is graphic designer, illustrator, and copywriter, Maggie has been designing and producing show art for Dragon Theatre since 2015. In 2019, she designed the identity package for Redwood City Youth Theatre, a collaboration between Broadway By The Bay and Dragon Theatre. She is also the creative behind Dragon’s new print and web brand, positioning Dragon Theatre as a cultural hub in Redwood City. Need some design work? Contact maggie.ziomek.sf@gmail.com

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