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General admission includes a gift bag for the first 100 arrivals and free Lagunitas beer from 6 to 7pm. VIP tickets include complimentary Montes wine, Lagunitas beer, Sofia blanc de blancs sparkling wine, hors d'oeuvres, a super swanky gift bag, and table seating. The Battle of the Bards is a "battle of the bands" style theatrical competition. The evening will be hosted by sketch comedy group The Harvard Sailing Team. Seven theater companies will each get two weeks to write and stage a ten minute (or less) piece incorporating one randomly selected prop. This year's companies are: Electric Pear Productions, Ensemble Studio Theater's Youngblood, The Fire Department, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Naked Angels and Partial Comfort Productions. Two prize packages are awarded, one by a celebrity panel and one by the audience, decided by a show of applause. This year's celebrity panel will include Andrew McCarthy (Lipstick Jungle and Pretty in Pink), John Slattery (star of AMC's hit TV series Mad Men), Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Auburn, Daniel Sunjata (The Devil Wears Prada and Rescue Me), casting director Marcia Debonis (Bride Wars) and David Cote (Theater Editor, Time Out New York) and more to be announced. (All subject to change due to availability.) Only Age 21+ will be admitted.

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