The online edition of Syracuse Stage's "Poetry & Play" series is a video anthology of theatre-related poetry and prose read by actors, poets, writers, and scholars. Curated by associate artistic director Kyle Bass and nationally known poet Charles Martin (Medea), these selected contemporary and classic works become spoken love letters to the live art form we cherish.

By Gregory Pardlo
Read by Keith Randolph Smith 

At The Tempest
By Rachel Hadas

White Egrets, No. 6 ("for August Wilson")
By Derek Walcott
Read by Keith Randolph Smith


Rachel Hadas is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and translations. Her latest collection is POEMS FOR CAMILLA (2018); LOVE AND DREAD, a new volume of poetry, is due out in the fall of 2020, and PIECE BY PIECE, prose selections, in the spring of 2021. The recipient of honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Director's Fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, the New York Public Library, Rachel Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark, where she has taught for many years.

Gregory Pardlo's collected Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Other honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library's Cullman Center, the Guggenhein Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts for translation. His first poetry collection Totem won the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virgina Quarterly Review and Director of the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden. His most recent book is AirTraffic, a memoir in essays.


Keith Randolph Smith is an American Broadway, television, theatre, and film actor. Broadway: JitneyFences; American PsychoKing Hedley IICome Back Little ShebaPiano LessonSalome. Off-Broadway: Lockdown (Rattlestick Theater); Paradise Blue (Signature Theater); Holiday Heart (MTC); Intimacy (The New Group). Regional Theatre: Holiday Heart (World Premiere-Syracuse Stage); How To Catch Creation (Goodman Theater); In Walks Ed (Long Whard Theater); Cyrano (Arden Theater). Television: The Good FightLaw and OrderI'll Fly AwayCosbyNY Undercover. Graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Conservatory. Member of The Quicksilver Theater Company and The Actor's Center in NYC. Fox Fellow in Acting. Lunt-Fontanne Acting Fellow.


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