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*Phylicia Rashad will open Arena Stage’s new Mead Center for American Theater this fall in Washington, starring in “Every Tongue Confess,” one of its inaugural productions.

The production from playwright Marcus Gardley will run Nov. 9 through Jan. 2., according to the AP.

Also, E. Faye Butler will star as Aunt Eller in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” It will run from Oct. 22 to Dec. 26. The initial casting was announced Tuesday.

This year marks the inaugural reopening of Arena Stage after its extensive renovations since 2008. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be honorary chairs of the season.