The Biblical story of Salome was adapted into a play by Oscar Wilde, an opera by Richard Strauss, and a film starring Rita Hayworth — but we’re willing to bet that the story has never quite been told in the way that Baltimore’s own Annex Theater will tell it this weekend.

The play’s creators have set the story in an ambiguous time that could be either “a fantastical future or a brutal past,” and tell the story using themes of food:  what happens when sustainability and localism get twisted? When do tastes for odd food combinations slip into the grotesque? How about that head on a platter?

The theater company is drawing on ideas with contemporary resonance in re-telling the store of Salome, King Herod, and John the Baptist, drawing on everything from austerity measures in Europe to American Tea Party politics… not to mention multimedia, puppetry, and montage. The show runs July 27-29, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the Soft House in Station North (1501 Guilford Avenue). Tickets and more info here.