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The gods are threatening war.

Theatreworks USA will offer two presentations of “The Lightning Thief” at Queens Theatre on Sunday, March 18, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The second performance will have American Sign Language interpretation.

Author Rick Riordan’s Perseus Jackson fantasy series features the eponymous main character, called “Percy,” a youngster who lives in the United States along with Greco-Roman-Egyptian gods and goddesses.

In this adaptation of “The Lighting Thief,” which is recommended for children ages six to 10, Percy is about to be expelled from boarding school — again. However, this is the least of his troubles. He’s a 12-year-old demigod, the son of the Greek immortal Poseidon and the mortal Sally Jackson. And he’s got beef with some monsters and Mount Olympus deities because Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and he’s the prime suspect.

To prove his innocence, Percy and some friends set out to find the purloined bolts and bring peace to the land. Treachery, riddles, self-examination, and bravery ensue.

Founded in 1961 and based in Manhattan, Theatreworks strives to offer high-quality plays to disadvantaged youth and under-served communities around the U.S. and Canada. Troupe alumnae include Jerry Zaks, a director who has won four Tony Awards, and actors Henry Winkler from the 1970s television series “Happy Days” and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who is currently starring in “Modern Family.” The nonprofit has a long-running relationship with Queens Theatre.

Tickets are $14 with an option for $10 family passes. Queens Theatre is located at 14 United Nations Ave. S. inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Images: Theatreworks USA


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