National Poetry Month: Syracuse Stage’s COLD READ SHORTs


The ancient Greeks, who gave us theatre and drama, called the first writers for the stage poets. In celebration of National Poetry Month (April), COLD READ SHORTs presents nationally recognized poets reading selections from their dramatic texts written for the stage. From verse dramas, opera libretti, translations of classical dramatic works, and adaptations, we celebrate the poet as playwright and honor poetry as the original language of the theatre.

The National Poetry Month edition of COLD READ SHORTs is co-curated by associate artistic director and playwright Kyle Bass and nationally renowned poet Charles Martin.

This special installment of COLD READ SHORTs: Enjoy Jeanne Marie Beaumont sharing a scene from her play Asylum Song.

Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Cold Read Asylum Song

 Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Letters from Limbo (CavanKerry Press, 2016). In the spring of 2019, her play Asylum Song had its world premiere at the HERE Theater in New York. Her poem Afraid So was made into an award-winning short film by filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt and has been shown at many international festivals and the Museum of Modern Art. She is a past winner of the National Poetry Series and the 2009 Dana Award for Poetry and has taught at the Frost Place, Rutgers University, the Stonecoast MFA Program of the University of Southern Maine, and the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd St. Y in New York City

COLD READ SHORTs