(Sept. 25-Jan. 27) Bad News Scares
Artists have been manipulating newspapers into their work for quite some time — from Pablo Picasso to Jasper Johns to the Guerrilla Girls. The National Gallery of Art explores the myriad manifestations of newspapers in art in Shock of the News, showing through late January. Sixty-five collages, paintings, sculptures, and photos from 1909 to 2009 will be on view.
(Sept. 25-Oct. 7) Black Watch
The Shakespeare Theatre Company goes beyond the headlines to stage Black Watch. The production uses testimonials from Scottish troops to explore the internal and external hostile environments faced by one regiment in Iraq. Inventive use of movement, music, and song help make for a powerful theatrical experience.
(Sept. 27-Oct. 6) The Rape of Lucrece
Washington's Taffety Punk theater company never shies away from experimentation — even when the source material is Shakespeare. It's mashing up theater, music, and dance to present the Bard's Rape of Lucrece beginning Thursday at Southeast's Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. The poem traces the assault by the king's son, and the consequences for both Lucrece and the empire.
Music: "Death Of A Party" by Blur