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Donald E. Lacy, Jr. is a SFSU alumnus, who holds a B. A. Degree in Theater Arts. His acting credits include: “Jack”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, “Blood In, Blood Out”, directed by Taylor Hackford; “L.A. Heat”, “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” on ABC; “Wolf” on CBS; Hairy Ape”; “Good Person of Szechwan” at Berkeley Repertory Theater; and his critically acclaimed performance as Carlyle in “Streamers”.
In 2006 he appeared in the Shelter at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles, under the direction of Valery Belyakovich of the Moscow Art Theater. He also appeared in Jitney, by August Wilson at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater. Mr. Lacy appeared as Bennie in Hotel Angulo, and Soul of A Whore by Denis Johnson both performed at the Intersection for the Arts. In 2006 Donald also premiered ”Color Struck”, a one man show that examines with humor, institutionalized racism. Directorial credits include:”Montage of a Dream Deferred”; “Boseman & Lena”; “Streamers”; “The Dutchman”; “Homebase” & “The Loudest Scream You’ll Never Hear”.
Mr. Lacy traveled on a 75-city tour with the Harlem Globetrotters as “The Voice”. As a playwright, Mr. Lacy has had several of his plays produced, including: “The Loudest Scream You’ll Never Hear”, a critically acclaimed drama based on the Atlanta child murders; “Homebase”, a tragic comedy about crack-cocaine addiction; and the play, “Evolution of the Soul Brother”, that toured nationally.
He also premiered “LoEshe” at the 1998 Afro Solo Festival, about the life and untimely death of his 16-year-old daughter. Donald Lacy is one of the funniest comedians in the country. He was the first runner-up in the “1993 Bay Area Black Comedy Competition”. He tours regularly across the U. S. and around the world as a headliner, from Chicago, to Kaiserslautern in Germany. He has been seen on BET’s “Comic View and on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam”. He has 2 comedy CD’s “Uncensored”, & “Free Speech Costs Plenty” Mr. Lacy spent his Thanksgiving holiday in 2001 entertaining the troops abroad in a Far East tour that included; Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Singapore, & Diego Garcia. He returned on the same tour in 2004.
A committed radio broadcaster since 1979, Donald is a weekly announcer on KPOO 89.5 F.M. and on KPFA 94.1 F.M. for 3 years. Mr. Lacy produced, directed and performed segments of Radio Theater for both radio stations. Mr. Lacy has also produced and directed 2 short films – “Four”, and “Romeo & Juliet Gettin’ Busy”. Donald’s feature film writing credits include; “What Goes On When The Mike Goes Off” and “Love Life”. As a filmmaker he has received a Bay Area Cable Excellence Award, and a Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award for his Public Service Announcement “Precious Gift.”
He is currently editing a documentary film entitled “Silence The Violence”, which details a 4-day bus ride with at risk youth from different cities in California. He also founded the LoveLife Foundation to work with at risk youth to violence in honor of his 16 year old daughter LoEshe’. LoveLife has an after school media and performing Arts training academy that broadcasts award winning radio and television programs.
The LoveLife Foundation helped to reduce violence among youth in the city of Oakland to a 32-year low in 1999. He also wrote, and was acting coach for Jamie Foxx’s pilot “ These Nuts”. He has also written a new pilot, Special Delivery, for Queen of Comedy, Laura Hayes. Donald was selected Best of the Bay Area radio Talk Show Host 2003 by The East Bay Express newspaper. Mr. Lacy was the 2003 Magic Award recipient for his work with the LoveLife Foundation. And he was recognized by Congresswoman Barbara Lee from the floor of Congress in 2000. He was also a 2002 nominee for 10 most influential African Americans in The Bay Area by City Flight magazine. Earlier this year, Donald was awarded The Angel Award by the Take Wings Foundation for outstanding community service.
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