Phylicia Rashad to Star in Arena Stage Debut

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Phylicia Rashad will open Arena Stage's new Mead Center for American Theater this fall, starring in one of the inaugural productions.

Rashad stars in the world premiere of "Every Tongue Confess" from playwright Marcus Gardley. It will run Nov. 9 through Jan. 2. Rashad is best known as Clair Huxtable from "The Cosby Show."

Also, E. Faye Butler will star as Aunt Eller in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" It will run Oct. 22 to Dec. 26.

Later, Anna Deavere Smith will star in the one-woman play "Let Me Down Easy," running Dec. 31 to Feb. 13.

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.

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