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Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words, the two-act play scripted by Darryl 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 THEATRE production opened June 21, 2010 and ran for four performances at the Dwyer Cultural Center, located at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue on West 123rd Street, New York, NY.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 the original production.

The original DL THEATRE production of Nikki G opened on May 12, 1990 and ran for eight performances at the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Theatre, located at 645 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY. 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 the children’s performance, which was promoted to 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 ofHome,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, directed by Lacy, and on the DL MUSIC track, Mockingbirdwith Lacy. Dandridge was also featured in DL PRODUCTIONS’ To Be Young Gifted And Black in 1992. After starring in Nikki G, he founded his own company, A Place In The Sun Productions.

Lacy and M. 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 60-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, located at Bradhurst Avenue and West 148th Street, New York, NY. 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: 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.