Music by Jenny Giering, book and lyrics by Beth Blatt. This will be the third area production in less than a year (after the Anacostia Playhouse and Rep Stage versions), none featuring Audra Mc Donald, whose recent Broadway turn as Billie Holiday clearly reinvigorated Lanie Robertson’s 1986 play with music. A musical premiere of witches across the centuries from Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith (“Kaleidoscope”). FACTION OF FOOLS DC’s commedia dell’arte specialists. The company’s leadership has changed, so it will be interesting to see if they can retain the magic that made something like the masked “Our Town” so unexpectedly penetrating. Portraits of five women across the centuries, including Anais Nin. 2017 Helen Hayes Award winner Iyona Blake plays the troubled jazz-blues singer. Anton Chekhov’s classic gets the Fools’ mask-and-slapstick treatment. Shirine Babb and Cody Nickell play the title roles in Robert Richmond’s production. Directed by Nataki Garrett (“An Octoroon” at Woolly Mammoth). premiere from playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker (“Our Country’s Good”), about a Quaker who joins Jefferson to fight and falls in love with a slave, is Ford’s entry in the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Forum artistic director Michael Dove stages the relentlessly inventive Caryl Churchill’s 2012 drama about modern information overload. A premiere about the time singer Marian Anderson stayed at Albert Einstein’s house, by Marc Acito, Helen Hayes Award winner for “Birds of a Feather” and book writer of the musical “Allegiance.” More information: [Celia Wren’s 2009 review of “The Pavilion”] “The Secrets of the Universe,” July 6-29.
— np “The Undeniable Sound of Right Now,” May 5-27. Robert Schenkkan’s follow-up to “All the Way” picks up the saga of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. Jeanne Sakata’s drama of Gordon Hirabayashi, who refused to comply with the internment of Japanese Americans. The book is by “Originalist” writer John Strand, with music by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt and lyrics by Stitt, and co-produced with Perseverance Theatre — the Alaskan troupe created by Molly Smith before she arrived at Arena Stage nearly two decades ago. The 1960s entry in August Wilson’s decades cycle, co-produced with Seattle Repertory Theatre, in the Fichandler. A new musical based on the Eowyn Ivey novel “The Snow Child,” set in 1920s Alaska: a “lovely first novel based on a Russian folk tale,” the Post wrote in 2012. Company head Allison Arkell Stockman directs the Andrew Lippa musical — not the Michael John La Chiusa version that likewise made it New York City debut in 2000 — based on the poem of Jazz Age decadence by Joseph Moncure March. The Bethesda-based action troupe celebrates the music of Jonathan Coulton. — np FLYING V “It’s the Rest of the World That Looks So Small,” Fall (dates pending).