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For all his innovation and genius, Shakespeare was, at heart, a populist. Even his most profound meditation on the human condition, King Lear, has enough eye-gouging to keep the rabble happy. No surprise, then, that some 386 years after the playwright’s death, Takoma Park’s Lumina Studio Theatre offers Plan 5 From Lumina—a quintet of playlettes that fuse five of Shakespeare’s plays each with a different genre of Hollywood film. Thus, Pericles joins Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space to become, natch, Plan 9 From Pericles. Coriolanus is transported to a Kurosawa-inspired universe of Samurai warriors. And so on. Making matters more meta, the crazy kids at Lumina have given the evening a backstory—aliens have come to destroy Earth’s cultural treasures, beginning with Shakespeare’s plays—and incorporate documentary-style video footage of “local citizens” sounding off about the invasion. The play runs from Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9, and shows today at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus, 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park. Free. (301) 589-1941. (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa)