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ART adds Parks’s Civil War drama to 2014-15 season

A new work by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog/Underdog”) completes the American Repertory Theater’s all-world-premiere 2014-15 season.

“Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” a co-production with New York’s Public Theater announced Monday, comprises three separate plays following a slave called Hero through the Civil War. It begins performances in January 2015 at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge.

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Directed by Jo Bonney, the production will open Oct. 14 at the Public Theater, where it has been developed and which Parks has long called an artistic home.

In Part 1, “A Measure of Man,” the slave Hero must decide whether to join his master on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. Part 2, “The Battle in the Wilderness,” follows him as he escorts a captured Union soldier. Part 3, “The Union of My Confederate Parts,” looks at the loved ones Hero left behind and the price he pays for freedom.

The show is part of the ART’s multi-year Civil War Project, part of an initiative with other arts organizations commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war. Previously announced shows in the theater’s 2014-15 season include composer Matthew Aucoin’s as-yet-untitled opera based on Walt Whitman’s Civil War diaries, to premiere in May 2015. (Aucoin is the son of Globe theater critic Don Aucoin, who does not cover the ART.) The opera will play at a Boston venue yet to be announced and feature local chamber orchestra A Far Cry. ART artistic director Diane Paulus will direct.

Subscriptions for the 2014-15 season go on sale Friday, along with tickets for some preview performances of the musical “Finding Neverland,” about “Peter Pan” playwright J.M. Barrie.

“Finding Neverland” will premiere this summer, followed in November by Eve Ensler’s new play “O.P.C.,” a satirical comedy whose title stands for Obsessive Political Correctness. The season ends in May 2015 with the world premiere of “The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville,” starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac, with direction and choreography by Susan Stroman.

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