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Play On Words Podcast

We are taking what resources we have to get back to an activity we love: theatre. Each episode is a different production with a different creative team bringing literature to life.

Tracks

Six Characters in Search of an Author - Part 1
**For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones for tonight’s performance.** Pirandello gives us a satirical meta dark comedy in “Six Characters in Search of an Author” where we meet a dysfunctional family of characters who interrupt a theater company’s rehearsal. The Manager assumes them to be amateur improvisers, but is intrigued by their story nonetheless.
37:27 4/27/24
The Proposal
**For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones for tonight’s performance.** In “The Proposal” by Anton Chekov, Lomov makes a visit with the intention of proposing to his neighbor, Natalya. But as the conversation grows, they keep fighting over various superficial topics. All the while her father, Stepon Stepanovitch, tries to keep peace between them. Will the two work past their differences to join their families in marriage?
34:53 2/25/24
The Choice - PNWF 2022
**For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones for tonight’s performance.** Written by Danielle J. Lang, The Choice was originally produced as part of the 2022 Pittsburgh New Works Festival. It shows a brief glimpse into the relationship of two people who want to be together but face obstacles and risk social scrutiny.
22:24 8/19/23
21 Hamlet - Part 2 (by Food for Groundlings)
**For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.**“There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” - Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.Food for Groundlings is partnering with Play on Words to create an immersive (and safe!) audio production of Hamlet! This isn't just a reading- the audio drama includes music, sound effects, and high-quality sound to transport you to the court of Elsinore from the comfort of your home.This production of Hamlet is dedicated to Brian Kapustik who passed away on December 27, 2022.
102:13 1/23/23
20 Hamlet - Part 1 (by Food for Groundlings)
**For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.**“There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” - Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.Food for Groundlings is partnering with Play on Words to create an immersive (and safe!) audio production of Hamlet! This isn't just a reading- the audio drama includes music, sound effects, and high-quality sound to transport you to the court of Elsinore from the comfort of your home.This production of Hamlet is dedicated to Brian Kapustik who passed away on December 27, 2022.
103:50 1/22/23
19 The Pride Monologues
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***Enjoy this collection, written and read by LGBTQ+ voices!
44:36 7/16/22
18 The Little Prince
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***Ray is a special young man who befriends a Space Snake, who takes him on a small tour of different planets. Upon meeting Rose, Ray is nicknamed “Little Prince” and they become fast friends. Through interactive songs, games, and activities, the “Little Prince” learns about the different folks who inhabit the planets he visits. This production is inspired by “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Produced in collaboration with Gemini Theater Company.
41:01 5/14/22
17 Porcelain and Pink
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Porcelain and Pink” is an upbeat one-act comedy from the 1922 short story collection Tales from the Jazz Age. During an afternoon bath, Julie Marvis is caught in a case of mistaken identity when a young man starts a conversation through the bathroom window, unable to see who he is talking to.
17:14 3/19/22
16 Couples, Companions, Conspirators: The Talkback
Soren de-Niz (Producer) discusses the process behind Couples, Companions, Conspirators with Leann Mullen (Dramaturg) and Ella Mizera (Director).Couples, Companions, Conspirators is a collection of scenes and sonnets from Shakespeare that showcase the variety of dynamic relationships he wrote. It features four performed sonnets and scenes from Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35:36 12/20/21
15 Couples, Companions, Conspirators: A Shakespeare Collection
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***Couples, Companions, Conspirators is a collection of scenes and sonnets from Shakespeare that showcase the variety of dynamic relationships he wrote. It features four performed sonnets and scenes from Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35:47 12/19/21
14 Interview with Blake Pierson - 1st Place Playwright POYW
Blake Pierson is the playwright behind the 1st place winning play of the Play On YOUR Words Playwriting Contest. Blake, director gabriel gryffyn, and producer Soren de-Niz, talk about Blake's winning play, The Cave of the Green Light, and the inspiration behind it. To listen to the final production of "The Cave of the Green Light," and to read the winning scripts of the Play On YOUR Words Playwriting Contest, go to www.playonwordspodcast.com
40:04 10/31/21
13 The Cave of the Green Light - 1st Place Winner POYW
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***The Cave of the Green Light by Blake Pierson is the 1st place winner of the Play On YOUR Words Playwriting Contest. After Dr. Balser and his surveying team of undergraduate students are reported missing in a cave, a rescue team is sent to find them in the unmapped territory. Through radio transmissions, we hear the rescue team, Wagner and Benson, relay what they see to their commander above ground. Following the professor and his team’s trail leads the rescue team miles below ground into a vast cavernous labyrinth. Once they find one of Dr. Basler’s students, Wagner and Benson begin to suspect that they’re in the depths of a cave that was never meant to be visited. To read the winning scripts of the Play On YOUR Words Playwriting Contest go to www.playonwordspodcast.com
14:01 10/30/21
12 May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot - 2nd Place Winner POYW
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot by Maeve Cunningham is the 2nd place winner of the Play On YOUR Words Playwriting Contest. It tells the story of a couple ringing in the new year while facing dark secrets from the past. To read the winning scripts of the Play On YOUR Words Playwriting Contest go to www.playonwordspodcast.com
15:49 10/24/21
11 The Perfect Family - 3rd Place Winner POYW
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***The Perfect Family by Marcus Gorman is the 3rd place winner of the Play On YOUR Words Playwriting Contest. It depicts a nightmarish look at modern suburbia as a teenage girl desperately looks for an escape. To read the winning scripts of the Play On YOUR Words Playwriting Contest go to www.playonwordspodcast.com
08:53 10/9/21
10 No Exit
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***In No Exit, three damned souls, Garcin, Inez, and Estelle are brought to the same room in hell by a mysterious Valet. They had all expected medieval torture devices to punish them for eternity, but instead find a plain room furnished in Second Empire style.
83:10 8/14/21
09 The Pittsburgh Monologue Project - Part 5
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***Play On Words: A Theatrical Podcast is hosting the Duquesne University Red Masquers theater group in this production of The Pittsburgh Monologue Project! The Red Masquers performed this collection in March 2021, and have recorded with us to share their theatrical sound.Written by Robert Isenberg and Brad Keller, the Pittsburgh Monologue Project is a series of monologues derived from stories told by Pittsburgh individuals. This is the fifth set of stories.
15:30 7/3/21
08 The Pittsburgh Monologue Project - Part 4
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***Play On Words: A Theatrical Podcast is hosting the Duquesne University Red Masquers theater group in this production of The Pittsburgh Monologue Project! The Red Masquers performed this collection in March 2021, and have recorded with us to share their theatrical sound.Written by Robert Isenberg and Brad Keller, the Pittsburgh Monologue Project is a series of monologues derived from stories told by Pittsburgh individuals. This is the fourth set of stories.
15:52 6/26/21
07 Casting Light - Part 2
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***Casting Light is a collection by Sue Murray consisting of skits that confront the many aspects of mental illnesses. Each of these mini plays features characters going through rough patches in their mental health that are heavily based in real experiences. Because of this, we ask listeners to be aware that there are some tough subjects such as self risking behaviors that are mentioned, and to please only listen to your level of comfort and wellbeing.
29:05 6/5/21
06 Casting Light - Part 1
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***Casting Light is a collection by Sue Murray consisting of skits that confront the many aspects of mental illnesses. Each of these mini plays features characters going through rough patches in their mental health that are heavily based in real experiences. Because of this, we ask listeners to be aware that there are some tough subjects such as self risking behaviors that are mentioned, and to please only listen to your level of comfort and wellbeing.
22:40 5/29/21
05 The Pittsburgh Monologue Project - Part 3
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***Play On Words: A Theatrical Podcast is hosting the Duquesne University Red Masquers theater group in this production of The Pittsburgh Monologue Project! The Red Masquers performed this collection in March 2021, and have recorded with us to share their theatrical sound.Written by Robert Isenberg and Brad Keller, the Pittsburgh Monologue Project is a series of monologues derived from stories told by Pittsburgh individuals. This is the third set of stories.
15:26 5/8/21
04 The Pittsburgh Monologue Project - Part 2
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***Play On Words: A Theatrical Podcast is hosting the Duquesne University Red Masquers theater group in this production of The Pittsburgh Monologue Project! The Red Masquers performed this collection in March 2021, and have recorded with us to share their theatrical sound.Written by Robert Isenberg and Brad Keller, the Pittsburgh Monologue Project is a series of monologues derived from stories told by Pittsburgh individuals. This second part contains stories about a bartender, a trucker, a cinema visionary, and industrial waste.
13:00 4/17/21
03 The Pittsburgh Monologue Project - Part 1
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***Play On Words: A Theatrical Podcast is hosting the Duquesne University Red Masquers theater group in this production of The Pittsburgh Monologue Project! The Red Masquers performed this collection in March 2021, and have recorded with us to share their theatrical sound.Written by Robert Isenberg and Brad Keller, the Pittsburgh Monologue Project is a series of monologues derived from stories told by Pittsburgh individuals. This first part contains stories about a grandma's cooking, football players, an engineering student, and a passion for music.
14:09 4/10/21
02 Overtones
***For the best audio experience, we recommend using headphones during the performance.***In Overtones, Harriet and Margaret are the cultured and refined selves, while Hetty and Maggie represent the wild, primitive desires of these same women. The two women (and their subconscious counterparts) meet up for tea after a long time of not seeing each other. Each Harriet and Margaret has her own motives, while their desires try to push through Hetty and Maggie.
21:29 3/8/21
01 Scrooge is Sus: A 2020 Christmas Carol
ATTENTION: This episode contains use of explicit language and high pitched screaming sound effects. Listen at your own comfort.Scrooge is Sus: A 2020 Christmas Carol is a modern retelling of Charles Dickens’s timeless classic, a Christmas Carol. This version was written with an emphasis on humor while still retaining the spirit and message of the original. Listen in and follow an updated version of Scrooge and a whole host of other characters on a familiar journey full of fresh twists, turns and characterization.
52:34 12/22/20