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

DARRYL LACY (DL) PRODUCTIONS was founded by actor Darryl Lacy in December 1987 with the purpose of presenting the talent of the black artist to the New York community. A month later, DL PRODUCTIONS presented its first DL THEATRE production. Since January 1988, DL PRODUCTIONS has presented the productions: Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words, scripted by Lacy; The Church Fight And Sisters; Day of Absence And President General Marcus Garvey, the New York City premiere; Home; To Be Young, Gifted And Black; Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words, the 20th Anniversary Production; and Home, the 20th Anniversary Production.

The plays, both established and new, were by black writers and focused on the African American experience. Two of them, Day of Absence and To Be Young, Gifted And Black, had an interracial cast of black and white actors. All of the productions consisted of an ensemble of performers that portrayed a variety of roles, which is become a staple of the company.

In 2010 and 2011, DL PRODUCTIONS presented revivals of Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words, which was originally presented in 1990, and Home, which was first presented in 1991, to celebrate their twentieth anniversaries. DL PRODUCTIONS received its first ever grant from the Harlem Community Arts Fund (HCAF) in support of its revival of Home. HCAF is 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.

DL PRODUCTIONS has presented productions in various venues in New York City: the Crown Theatre of the Producers’ Club Theatre and Studios, the Performance Space of the Dwyer Cultural Center, the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Theatre, the Sargent Theatre of the American Theatre of Actors, Theatre 22, and the Bandshell in Marcus Garvey Park.

In 1993, Lacy created DL MUSIC in New York City to support the black artist in the music business. Its projects included The DL MUSIC Review (1993 – 2001), a report that listed artists, producers, entertainment host/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, The 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, the script for Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words, and received the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author.  To purchase a copy, click here.

DL PRODUCTIONS has held three table events. The first event took place at the Kwanzaa Celebration at the Museum of Natural History in New York City in 2011 to promote the DARRYL LACY PRODUCTIONS 25th Anniversary 2012 Calendar. The second event was at the Harlem Book Fair in New York City in 2012 to premiere the release of the book, Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words. The third event took place at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, July 29 – August 04, 2014 to promote DL PRODUCTIONS and the NAACP Award Winning book, Nikki G.

The company, which is based in Harlem, NY, has held four events there: two showcases at the ACP, 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 Theater, 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 HSA Theatre. The website was created in 2009 to increase the visibility of DL PRODUCTIONS and present its work to the world.

DL PRODUCTIONS has held three table events. The first event took place at the Kwanzaa Celebration at the Museum of Natural History in New York City in 2011 to promote the DARRYL LACY PRODUCTIONS 25th Anniversary 2012 Calendar. The second event was at the Harlem Book Fair in New York City in 2012 to premiere the release of the book, Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words. The third event took place at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, July 29 – August 04, 2014 to promote DL PRODUCTIONS and the NAACP Award Winning book, Nikki G.

The company, which is based in Harlem, NY, has held four events there: two showcases at the ACP, 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 Theater, 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 HSA Theatre. The website was created in 2009 to increase the visibility of DL PRODUCTIONS and present its work to the world.