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Folger Theatre Kicks Off Brews & Banter Series Thursday

The theater aims to lure younger audiences with what they like best: beer.

Drink while you discuss theater at the Folger's new Brews & Banter series. Image via Shutterstock.

It’s a known truth that in DC, one of the easiest ways to spark millennial involvement in an activity—whether it’s playing kickball, giving to charity, or going to the movies—is to add alcohol. Folger Theatre is trying to apply that strategy to the theatah with its new Brews & Banter program, starting Thursday.

Held once for each Folger production, the series is a pre-show discussion with one of the actors from the play in question, aimed at prompting greater participation from young professionals in what’s traditionally the scene for those of greater age and disposable income. Thursday brings a talk about the current production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, led by the Folger’s Kate Pitt and Helen Hayes Award winner Louis Butelli, who portrays Cassius in the play.

Tickets are $15 and include beer (DC Brau pale ale and Sam Adams Oktoberfest) and snacks, as well as a promo code for discounted $30 tickets to the show that follows or to performances on select future nights. You don’t have to be 21 to attend, though obviously it’s a requirement to drink. The next installment happens February 26, with Kate Eastwood Norris discussing Mary Stuart, in which she plays the title character.

The first Brews & Banter is Thursday, November 6, at 6:30 PM. Find full details and purchase tickets through Folger’s website.