The War Dept. was adapted from a music theater piece by Jim Bauer and Ruth Bauer that was commissioned by the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, as part of a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of American Civil War. The War Dept. (music and lyrics by Jim Bauer, script by Jim Bauer and Ruth Bauer) had a workshop performance at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in 2014. Blyth Hazen and Ruth Bauer collaborated on this adaptation, transforming some of the elements of The War Dept. into a stop action video using puppets and a miniature set.