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Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words, a two-act play scripted by Darryl L. Lacy that offers a glimpse into how the renowned poet lives as a poet, was revived in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the original production presented by DARRYL LACY (DL) PRODUCTIONS in 1990.

The new DL THEATER production opened June 21, 2010 at the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem, New York. Michelle Robinson played the lead. Rounding out the cast was Larry D. Hylton; Lauren Monroe; Howard Oree, Jr.; and Michelle “Miki” Biggins, who originated the lead part in the 1990 production. She was reunited with Lacy who directed the revival, and original production.

The original DL THEATER production of Nikki G opened on May 12, 1990, at the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Theatre in Harlem. The run included a performance on Mother’s Day, May 13. It was advertised that all ladies in attendance would receive a flower. The May 27, performance was promoted for adults to attend with children.

Lacy conceived Nikki G in 1987, to present the talent of Biggins, and celebrate Giovanni who is an influential force in the oral poetry movement in black culture. Lacy met Biggins in 1982, when they attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She was featured in the company’s productions of Home; and The Church Fight And Sisters; and has served as the production assistant for DL PRODUCTIONS.

DL PRODUCTIONS held its first ever open call audition to cast the supporting roles in original Nikki G, and the following seven talented artists joined Biggins in the production: Estelle Johnson; Lonnie McCoy; Ava Moses; Michael C. Williams; Glenn Dandridge; Brian Biggins; and Yael M.R., who was enrolled at HSA. At seven years old, Yael became the youngest artist to be cast in a company production.

Moses was also featured in Friends, which was written by Victor Seltzer, and directed by Lacy; and on the DL MUSIC track, Mockingbird, with Lacy. Dandridge was also featured in DL PRODUCTIONS’ To Be Young, Gifted and Black in 1992.

Lacy and Miki Biggins were invited to be a guest on the radio show, Artbeat of Harlem, on WHCR-NY, 90.3 FM, in 1990. They performed excerpts from the play during the sixty-minute live broadcast hosted by Nikki Williams. The revival cast presented an excerpt from Nikki G at Artz, Roots & Rhythm, a program of the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) at the Bandshell in Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem. DL Productions is a member of HAA. The free event showcased the diverse creative offerings of HAA member artists and organizations.

The revival included the addition of live music performed by Dorian S. Craig, Sr., percussionist, and music director; and Thais Hockaday, keyboardist; who provided accompaniment to the actors during some scenes. Moses, who was featured in the original cast, joined the revival production team and managed the box office with Rachel L. Ferguson, who was the stage manager in 1990. The stage manager for the revival production was Roxy A. McCarroll.

DL PUBLISHING released its first book in 2012, the script for Nikki G, which received the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author. To purchase a copy, click here.