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Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts Presents New Play, 'Generation Graffiti'

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts welcomes back alum Janine Nabers ’05 to workshop her latest play “Generation Graffiti,” with the help of IC theater department students under the direction of Cynthia Henderson, associate professor of theater arts.

Performances will be held in Studio 2 in Dillingham Center on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are free, but seating is extremely limited. All ticket requests for “Generation Graffiti” should be sent to and include the interested party’s name, home address, phone number, number of tickets requested and preferred performance day and time.

Nabers’s “Generation Graffiti” takes the audience to New York City and the world of Latin American gangs. The play integrates sexy dancing and powerful acting, and tells the story of America, a young woman trapped in a hopeless way of life, and the boy who wants nothing more than to free her.

Hailing from Houston, Nabers began writing “Generation Graffiti” while completing her MFA in drama at the New School as an in-class writing exercise. She expanded the three-person scene into a forty-five minute play that was then selected for the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in 2009.

The moment in life when one realizes he or she is not immortal greatly interests Nabers. Drawn to the Latin Kings’ message of loyalty and love in life and in death, Nabers explores what family means when the likelihood of death is so great it is coldly accepted and defiantly fought without fear. “Generation Graffiti” is part of a future three-piece cycle that will follow the characters as their neighborhood evolves over time, documenting a microcosmic view of what’s happening today in minority neighborhoods.

A nationally recognized professional theatre-training program, the Department of Theatre Arts attracts students from across the United States. Throughout the production season, undergraduate students present all aspects of theater in a professional model. Ithaca College Theatre has been an active part of the Tompkins County cultural hub as well as the Finger Lakes region for 70 years. The department is bringing a new play to light with “Generation Graffiti.”