'Nether' one of three world premieres
A trio of world preems, including the bow of this year’s Blackburn Prize winner “The Nether,” a stint for the John Hurt-toplined “Krapp’s Last Tape” and boxing tale “The Royale,” are among offerings in the 2012-2013 season at the Kirk Douglas Theater at L.A.’s Center Theater Group.Season kicks off with the West Coast bow of Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle and Steve Cuiffo’s magician tale “Elephant Room” (Aug 22-Sept. 16) before an L.A. run for the Gate Theater Dublin staging of “Krapp’s Last Tape,” starring Hurt (Oct, 9-Nov 4). Also up to bat is a new version of a holiday staple, “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” (Nov. 24-Dec. 30), the world preem of the Second City outing, penned by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. Jennifer Haley (“Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom”) scored the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, an annual kudo that honors English-language plays penned by women writers, for “Nether,” a cyber-thriller about a young detective on the trail of a criminal purveyor of virtual-reality fantasy scenarios. Show will be helmed by Neel Keller, the associate a.d. of CTG, in a production that runs March 19-April 14, 2013. The April 28-June 2 run of “The Royale,” penned by Marco Ramirez (“Sons of Anarchy”), centers on an early 20th century black boxer who goes after the world heavyweight championship. Daniel Aukin (“4,000 Miles”) directs. A workshop presentation of Jomama Jones’ “Radiate” and an English-language translation of Guillermo Calderon’s play “Neva” round out the season at the Douglas.