Dead Pinocchio Theatre Opens 'The Graffiti Plays'

Vandalism becomes art in Albion this weekend, as the student-led Dead Pinocchio Theatre (DPT) presents "The Graffiti Plays" Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Featuring original works by Albion College students and alumni, the play cycle begins in the Albion College Library's Stockwell Room 106.

According to student Michael Fentin, co-founder of the DPT, "The Graffiti Plays" was inspired by pre-existing graffiti scrawled throughout the College's Stockwell and Mudd libraries. "Each play takes place where we found the graffiti, so the audience has to move each time," he explained. "Some of the graffiti Is on desks or tables in the stacks, and one piece is in a bathroom."

Fentin further noted that each of the six playwrights chose a piece of graffiti and wrote their short play specifically addressing that message. "These are fully scripted and rehearsed pieces," he stressed, "not improvisations."

The Dead Pinocchio Theatre was founded by Albion College students in 2008, to produce experimental, innovative, provocative, and original theatre.

"The Graffiti Plays" is not appropriate for children under 17. Tickets are free but reserve tickets are strongly encouraged. To reserve tickets, contact Fentin at or 313-410-9835. More information about DPT is available at