TO AUGUST 24

Seeing Eric Bogosian’s name in the credits for Under Siege 2 and Beavis and Butt-head Do America was as disturbing as spotting Spaulding Gray on The Nanny just last week. To find that such respected writer/performers have gone so lowbrow! Bogosian has long embraced American popular culture even while he’s tearing it to shreds, but it’s still hard to imagine him duking it out with Steven Seagal. At least films pay well. Fortunately, his playwright persona is on display in Amalgamated Productions’ Scenes From the New World: Three Short Plays by Eric Bogosian, featuring Tim Carlin as a Vietnam vet and Peter J. Mendez as the Bogosianesque narrator (pictured). These vignettes revisit the dark, urban landscape familiar to fans of Drinking in America, Talk Radio, and Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll. This time around, crack whores, cutthroat yuppies, and jaded movie producers play the fiddle as Western Civilization burns. New World producers Andrew Price and Steven Carpenter discovered the unpublished 1981 script while visiting Bogosian’s web page (www.interport.net/-ararat), where it was generously excerpted. The story is a little dated, but full of the piss and vinegar that have made Bogosian an anti-star. Still, it might be your last chance to catch his work before he ends up guest-starring on The Simpsons. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays at Studio 1019, 1019 7th St. NW. $10. (202) 342-7827. (Dan Avery)