PHOTO CALL: Props to the Poets: Def Poetry's Beau Sai, Mayda Del Valle

News   PHOTO CALL: Props to the Poets: Def Poetry's Beau Sai, Mayda Del Valle

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Poet-comedian Beau Sai and Latina poet Mayda Del Valle are two of the featured wordsmiths in Def Poetry Jam, which opened at the Longacre Theatre Nov. 14.

The unique theatrical offering, a first for slam-style poetry on the Great White Way, features an award-winning nine-member troupe versifying issues of culture, stereotyping, love, death, food, music and the future between hip-hop, rap, jazz and rock 'n' roll tracks spun by a live DJ. Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam, originally an HBO series, plays the Longacre Theatre under the direction of Stan Lanthan.