The Nether

January 15, 2020 - February 9, 2020  I  Bowne's Lab

The Nether is a virtual wonderland providing total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity, and indulge your every desire. When a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment in The Nether, she launches an investigation into the darkest corners of the imagination. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.

"The Nether" by Jennifer Haley contains provocative sexual content. Viewer discretion is advised.​

Run Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes with no intermission.

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Director  |  Jason Cannon
Scenic Designer  |  Bruce Price
Costume Designer |  Lea Umberger
Lighting Designer  |  Michael Cummings
Sound Designer  |  Thom Korp


Morris  |  Anique Clements*
Sims/Papa  |  William Thomas Evans*
Woodnut  |  Eric Gilde*
Iris  |  Leah Greene
Doyle  |  Sam Mossler*

Anique Clements (Morris) is a New York City-based actress and graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Some of her recent credits include Imogen in Cymbeline at the Great River Shakespeare Festival and Kara in an original work, The Savage Queen. When not acting, Anique is a mental health advocate and speaker. She is excited to be performing for the first time on one of FST’s stages.

William Thomas Evans (Sims/Papa) most recently played Max Prince in Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Saint Michael’s Playhouse and Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop at ACT of CT. Original Broadway casts include Camelot (1993 Revival), The Scarlet Pimpernel (versions 1 and 2), and A Tale of Two Cities. 6 National tours including Joseph and the Amazing..., pre-broadway Jekyll and Hyde, and 8 years as Santa in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Recent off Broadway credits include Desperate Measures and The Fantasticks. 2 years in Vegas at The Palazzo with BAZ, and 2 seasons as Senator Lamar Farkus on Alpha House on Amazon.

Eric Gilde (Woodnut) New York: As You Like It (Theaterlab); The Nosemaker’s Apprentice and The Temple (The Brick); Wedding Pictures (EST); Edgewise (Cherry Lane Studio); The Tempest (Porpentine). Regional: The Glass Menagerie (Weston Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse); The Crucible (Arkansas Rep); Lungs (Wharton Center); Constellations, Clybourne Park, and The History Boys (St. Louis Rep.); Red and The Tempest (Virginia Stage); Hamlet, Our Town, and Romeo & Juliet (Pioneer Theatre); The Miracle Worker (Syracuse Stage); Red Light Winter, Mary’s Wedding, and Last Train to Nibroc (The Kitchen). International: The Jammer (Edinburgh Fringe). Education: BA and MFA, Yale University.

Leah Greene (Iris) is thrilled to be making her Florida Studio Theatre debut! Professional credits include: The Sound of Music (National tour), Sister Act (International tour), Bridges of Madison County (Wagon Wheel Theatre), Evita, Les Miserables (Flat Rock Playhouse), and Disney Cruise Line. She has a BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University. @strudlmaus

Sam Mossler (Doyle) Last appeared at FST in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Other FST productions: How to Use a Knife (Chef George), Other People’s Money (Garfinkle). New York: The Owl and The Pussycat (Creative Space); The Sexes: According to Dorothy Parker (NY Comedy Club). Regional: The Philadelphia Story (New Harmony Theatre); The Tempest (Shakespeare on the Hudson); The Threepenny Opera (Connecticut Grand Opera). As a writer, Sam’s plays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles, and his screenplays have received honors from the Austin Film Festival and the International Screenwriters Association. He is most proud of his work as a Teaching Artist in FST’s Education program.


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Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“The deeper you get, the thornier the questions”
“Keeps you wondering and thinking”

The Observer
“The play messes with your mind”

Sarasota Magazine
“There are enough questions to ask ourselves as we leave the theater that The Nether lingers in the mind.”

Bradenton Times
"Rivetingly Intense"
"Asks uncomfortable questions about about the ethics of behavior in the virtual world and whether conventional morality has a place there"

Total Theater


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