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Free Discussion Will Precede Douglas Play


February 25, 2013

Center Theatre Group presents a discussion between the visionary game designer, futurist and bestselling author of “Reality is Broken,” Jane McGonigal, and playwright Jennifer Haley, winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, at the Veterans Memorial Building in culver city on Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m.

Admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required.

Inspired by Haley’s new play at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, “The Nether,” a thriller about an online realm in the not too distant future, McGonigal and Haley will discuss the implications of the increasing amount of time spent in virtual worlds in what some have termed a “mass exodus” from offline existence.

Are these experiences fulfilling genuine human needs? How are lives, experiences and relationships affected by this migration?

Haley is an accomplished playwright, and has had plays produced at major festivals around the country including “Neighborhood 3: Requistion of Doom” at the Humana Festival of New Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville and “Breadcrumbs” at the American Contemporary Theatre Festival. She has also held residencies with the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Page 73 Production/Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the MacDowell Colony.

McGonigal, Ph.D, is a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games and bestselling author ofReality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.”.


This event is part of Sandbox @ CTG, a program that offers an opportunity for audiences to meet commissioned artists and their collaborators at the very infancy of a new piece of theatre.

Center Theatre Group will present the world premiere production of “The Nether” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in culver city. Previews begin March 19 and performances continue through April 14, 2013.

To RSVP for the March 8 discussion, email or call with name, phone number and number of seats requested to or (213) 972-4380.

To learn more about this special event and the upcoming production of “The Nether,” please visit


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