The Rape of Lucrece at Sidney Harman Hall Wednesday, Jan. 16

Based on title alone, Shakespeare’s epic poem The Rape of Lucrece sounds pretty bleak. It’s the story of Lucretia, the fifth-century BCE Roman woman whose rape by the son of the king supposedly launched the revolution that overthrew the monarchy and established the Roman Republic. But who in the Washington theater scene is better at dramatically reinterpreting Shakespeare’s works than Taffety Punk Theatre Company? The troupe has molded Lucretia’s story into a mixture of theater, dance, and music that it’s calling a “concert poem.” And since its production is already atypical, it’s OK that Taffety is bringing the show to the Forum at Sydney Harman Hall instead of its main stage. Come prepared for a little noise, as things are bound to get loud, and earplugs aren’t included.

The show begins at 5:30 p.m. at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Free. (202) 547-1122. taffetypunk.com.

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