The Theater Alliance presents the world premiere of Nicholas Wardigo’s Hum, an allegory of Orwellian proportions following a couple’s journey to discover what life is like when the safety net is pulled down. The Alliance’s Colin Hovde and Nathaniel Mendez direct the piece, which is also said to challenge expectations of storytelling. Opens this Monday, May 14, at 8 p.m. Runs through June 2. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $20 to $35. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.