Gracies Dinnertime Theatre (abbreviation: GDT) was a publication written by a group of RIT students that was in production from 1995 to 2005. In its 257 issues, it was notorious for its political incorrectness, bizarre end-time prophecies, baseless conspiracy theories, provocation of the established student magazine, Reporter, the Clinton and Bush administrations and in particular, RIT President Al Simone.

Perhaps GDT's greatest single contribution was the article "The Politics of High Tech Damnation," which examined the close, covert links between the CIA and RIT in the early and mid 1990s.

Less controversial content included a weekly chess puzzle and frank sexual discussion.

GDT's presence on the internet initially began as a text-only finger plan. By the fall of 1995, GDT had a web site hosted by one of its creators, making it one of the first student satire publications to have a web presence. In time, the hosting of the web site migrated to servers owned by Computer Science House. Its final resting place came to be on the Hell's Kitchen server.

GDT spawned five sister publications which all published under the combined title of Hell's Kitchen. This was distributed for free on four universities in Rochester, NY and Rutgers University. Under this combined title, GDT received notable attention from the Independent Press Association, Rochester's daily newspaper The Democrat and Chronicle, and had a few articles reproduced via UWIRE.

The sculpture Unity, erected as a tribute to Gracies Dinnertime Theatre, and the GDT logo (upper right corner), circa 2000
Despite the sometimes antagonistic relationship between GDT and the administration of RIT, RIT chose to recognize GDT's commitment to improving the college in 2008 by commissioning a 24 foot reproduction of GDT's logo. Created by Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez and Leonard Urso, the silver stainless steel piece named Unity is installed in the quad between the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, the College of Applied Science and Technology, and the College of Engineering.

Intentional Misspellings in Title

  • "Gracies" would appear to be a possessive pronoun referring to RIT's Grace Watson Dining Hall (colloquially "Gracie's"). Used without the apostrophe, "Gracies" may be read as plural, suggesting a multiverse of parallel dining halls.
  • "Dinnertime Theatre" may recall a formal Dinner theater production, or it may simply denote theatre that occurs coincidental to meal without the willing participation of the diners. Socialization based around the sharing of "food" (not only physical nutrition, but also information) is a recurring theme in GDT production culture.
  • "Theatre" uses the British English spelling; another frequently-used affectation in GDT articles.

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