The 25th anniversary production of “Les Miserables” takes over the Kennedy Center in September. (Photo by Deen van Meer)

The 10th annual Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center is the perfect opportunity for theater newbies to get a crash course on local companies, not to mention a can’t-miss event for fans of local performance troupes large and small. More than 40 area theater groups — including Theater J, Synetic Theater, WSC Avant Bard and Signature Theatre — stage readings and open rehearsals over three days. (Saturday-Monday)

Playwright David Ives, who adapted “The Liar” for Shakespeare Theatre a couple of seasons back, works his magic on Jean-Francois Regnard’s 1708 play The Heir Apparent.” The French farce follows a man in love and desperate for his uncle’s inheritance. (Tuesday-Oct. 23)

Studio Theatre kicks off its season with the U.S. premiere of a show by Alan Bennett, the award-winning playwright of “The History Boys.” Among the intertwining threads inThe Habit of Art is a fictional encounter between writer W.H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten, whose real life mentor-mentee beginnings gave way to a more tumultuous relationship in their twilight years. Lauded after its London premiere in 2009, the tale navigates such themes as the power of creativity and the fear of obsolescence.(Sept. 7-Oct. 16)

Taffety Punk stages its fourth annual Riot Grrrls production, and the all-female cast is taking on Much Ado About Nothing.” Kimberly Gilbert, who recently wrapped up Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s acclaimed “Clybourne Park,” takes on the role of Benedick. (Sept. 9-24)

The moments behind the scenes are the main event in Alice Childress’s celebrated play Trouble in Mind,” which comes to Arena Stage. The 1955 story looks at the tense play rehearsals of a racially diverse cast. (Sept. 9-Oct. 23)

Fela Kuti’s irresistible Afrobeat is reason enough to see the local premiere of Fela!,” the tale of the Ni­ger­ian musician-turned-civil rights champion. But the show, which landed on Broadway in 2009, also features Tony-winning choreography by legendary dancer Bill T. Jones. (Sept. 13-Oct. 9)

Synetic Theater is dusting off its 2007 hit Macbeth,” which was nominated for 11 Helen Hayes Awards (and took home five), for the start of its three-play Silent Shakespeare Festival. Irakli Kavsadze and Synetic co-founder Irina Tsikurishvili reprise their roles as the murderous husband and wife. (Sept. 14-Oct. 2)

In light of the headlines coming out of Egypt and Libya, among other Arab nations, Forum Theatre opted to begin its season with Mad Forest.” Caryl Churchill’s drama looks at two families in Romania during the 1989 revolution. (Sept. 22-Oct. 15)

Tony-winning musical Parade opens Ford’s Theatre’s season. The play is based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish man wrongly convicted of killing a young girl who dies at the hands of an angry — and anti-Semitic — mob that kidnapped him from a Georgia prison. Tony nominee Euan Morton will star. (Sept. 23-Oct. 30)

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Les Miserables,” theater producer extraordinaire Cameron Mackintosh tinkered with the much-loved musical in 2010. In addition to devising a new set inspired by Victor Hugo’s paintings, Mackintosh rethought some of the costumes, orchestration and direction. This is good news for theater fans who have seen “Les Mis” six times and need a good excuse to buy tickets, even if they really just want to hear “Master of the House” performed live again. (Sept. 28-Oct. 30)