Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and a haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the darkest corners of our imagination -- and the consequences of living out our most private dreams. In the play, there's an exciting new virtual wonderland that provides total online sensory immersion. You just log in, choose an identity and then vanish into a dizzying array of online realms while you indulge your every whim. But when a young cyber-detective discovers a realm of hideous crimes being committed within this online world, she moves to interrogate its creator. Area Stage Company presents this thought-provoking examination of the implications of the mass exodus from our "real lives" to the world of cyberspace.