"A Presenter of Theater Arts to the New York Community Since 1987."

DARRYL LACY (DL) PRODUCTIONS was founded by actor Darryl L. Lacy in December 1987 with the purpose of presenting the talent of black artists to the New York community. A month later, DL PRODUCTIONS presented its first DL THEATER production. Since January 1988, DL THEATER productions have been mounted in various venues in uptown and downtown Manhattan.

The plays, both established and new, were by black writers with a focus on the African American experience. They have featured interracial casts. They have consisted of ensembles of performers who portray a variety of roles, which is become a staple of the company.

The company, which is based in Harlem, has held four events there: two showcases at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, which were free and open to the public; and two fundraisers – a dinner in celebration of its fifth anniversary at the One West Dinner Theatre, and a party in celebration of the launch of the company website and Lacy’s twenty-fifth anniversary as a director and producer, at the Harlem School of the Arts Theatre. The website was created in 2009 to increase the visibility of DL PRODUCTIONS and present its work to the world.

In 2011, DL PRODUCTIONS received its first ever grant from the Harlem Community Arts Fund (HCAF), a program of the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation. DL PRODUCTIONS is a member of HAA since 2009.

In 1993, Lacy created DL MUSIC in New York City. The purpose was to support black artists in the music business. Its projects included The DL MUSIC Review (1993 – 2001), a report that listed artists, producers, entertainment hosts/commentators, and music entertainment programs selected as most popular of the year; and the recording of the song, Mockingbird, which featured Lacy and Ava Moses on vocals.

Lacy started DL PUBLISHING in 1991 with the creation of the newsletter, DL PRODUCTIONS Bulletin, which promoted the company during its three year existence. In 2011, in celebration of DL PUBLISHING’s twentieth anniversary, it released a calendar for 2012 that highlighted key events of DL PRODUCTIONS in celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary. DL PUBLISHING released its first book in 2012, Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words, which was scripted by Lacy, script and he received the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author.

DL PRODUCTIONS has held three table events. The first event took place at the Kwanzaa Celebration at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan in 2011 to promote the DARRYL LACY PRODUCTIONS Twenty-fifth Anniversary 2012 Calendar. The second event was at the Harlem Book Fair in Harlem in 2012 to promote the release of the Nikki G book. The third event took place at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, July 29 through August 04, 2013 to promote DL PRODUCTIONS and the NAACP Image Award Winning book, Nikki G. To purchase a copy, click here.

Now DL PUBLISHING has released its second book by Lacy, How I Conquered New York: The Story of Darryl Lacy Productions, which tells how he developed the company. To purchase a copy, click here.

Company Logo: Antonio Rodriguez