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Most of the time, the second word in Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s name refers strictly to ethos: The troupe is all about doing things cheaply, inventively, and—when it comes to form and subject matter—bravely. But occasionally its productions are more literally punk, which might have something to do with the fact that company principal Marcus Kyd used to play in local post-punk outfit The Most Secret Method. In 2010, Taffety’s trippy, distressing suicide.chat.room featured a score by art-rockers Beauty Pill; last year, a program of dance was set to music by members of Soccer Team and The Better Automatic. The Russian writer Ivan Vyrypaev has described his play Oxygen as a “rap parable”—it centers on two actors and a DJ—but in Taffety’s hands it has soundtrack assistance from a number of bands that have graduated from D.C.’s post-punk orbit: The Caribbean, which makes skewed pop songs with a brainy, literary bent; Edie Sedgwick, Washington City Paper contributor Justin Moyer’s post-modern glam-punk outfit; The Gena Rowlands Band, a sort of post-post-punk all-star group; and more.
Taffety Punk Theatre Company performs Oxygen at 8 p.m. Wednesdays–Fridays and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays to May 19 at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. $10. taffetypunk.com. (202) 261-6612.