Theatreworks USA (Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Director, Ken Arthur, Producing Director), the nation’s leading not-for-profit professional theatre for young audiences, is pleased to announce the Off-Broadway premiere of the new children’s musical THE CIVIL WAR. as the 25th Anniversary production of the company’s annual Free Summer Theatre Program.

New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn will serve as the Honorary Chair of this year’s Free Summer Theatre Program.

THE CIVIL WAR begins performances are at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) through Friday, August 16, 2013.

THE CIVIL WAR is the story of people from different backgrounds fighting for the future of the nation – both sides believing they are fighting for freedom.  Incorporating traditional songs from the period and many different character perspectives, this historical musical brings to life for the next generation of young people a major event in the history of our country.

Directed by Jonathan Silverstein and choreographed by Tracy BersleyTHE CIVIL WAR features book and additional lyrics by Arthur Perlman with arrangements and additional music by Jeff Lunden.

THE CIVIL WAR stars Adam Fontana as Will, Max Kumangai as Zac, Alyse Alan Louis as Jackie, Jim Stanek as Johnny, and Michael Thomas Walker as Sarge. Understudies are Zach Bencal, Sara Glancy and Aaron Wright.

The production features scenic design by Kevin Judge, costume design by Sydney Maresca, lighting design by David Lander and the sound design by Carl CasellaLogan Culwell serves as music director and the production stage manager is Byron F. Abens.

Launched in 1989, the mission of Theatreworks USA’s Free Summer Theatre Program is to provide New York City youth with their own theatre tradition that not only entertains, but also educates and fosters positive values and an appreciation for theatre. This summer 15,000 FREE tickets will be distributed to THE CIVIL WAR.

Tickets for THE CIVIL WAR are FREE and are available on a first-come, first-served basis in-person at the Lucille Lortel Theatre Box Office (121 Christopher Street) on the day of the performance.   Tickets for each day’s performances will be distributed beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day.  There is a limit of four (4) tickets per adult per day.

THE CIVIL WAR is a 60-minute, one-act musical recommended for children ages eight and up.  The performance schedule is as follows:

Summer camps, youth programs and social service organizations can make reservations for groups of fifteen (15) or more by calling 212.627.7373