Play On Words:
A Theatrical Podcast
About the Podcast
Current events have made us realize that the way we do theatre needs to be more accessible and varied. We missed working on productions through the pandemic so much that we found a way to do it virtually! The idea for Play On Words originated from a group of theatre enthusiasts in Pittsburgh, PA. We took what resources we have to get back to an activity we love: theatre. Each episode involves a new creative team bringing different pieces of literature to life. Some of it is new content written specifically for the podcast, others are short classics with their own audio twist. Whatever you expect, let the power of words and your imagination sweep you away.
Current Production - Hamlet
In Memory of Brian J. Kapustik
It is with deep sadness, and also admiration and love for his life, that we inform you of the passing of our dear castmate and friend, Brian Kapustik. Brian was no stranger to the Play On Words family. We will leave you with a quote from him - "...being able to join together over the internet was a welcome breath of creativity and vision in trying times."
Words from Hamlet director, Kaitlin:
"Brian died on December 27th, 2022, following a brave battle with cancer. Most recently, he worked with us and with Play on Words to voice the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father (or “Old Hamlet”). You will hear him in the show, and we hope we’ve done justice to the legacy of such a great man.
Although most of us only knew him within our Hamlet rehearsals, what remained very clear was how much it meant to Brian to be able to create meaningful theatre. His love for (and joy from) literature, acting, and dramaturgy was palpable. Brian also taught English and oversaw the theatre department at Kiski Schools, where he lived as a mentor, for 21 years.
It was not lost on us (when we look back on casting this show) the deep meaning in Brian's wish to play only one role- the Ghost of Hamlet's father- someone who could speak with pathos and power from beyond this earthly life to their loved ones.
Kaitlin remembers saying frequently to Brian in rehearsals how moved she was that he could portray, even through his voice alone, someone both powerful and otherworldly…and so deeply human.
So let us all keep his memory and love for literature, theatre, and people well, and listen to the words of Brian as his character: "Remember me." - and do just that.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that any gifts should be made directly to the Kiski Theater Department or the Kiski Gaming Club in memory of Brian Kapustik:
The Kiski School, Advancement Office
1888 Brett Lane
Saltsburg, PA 15681"
Click on each photo to learn more about the cast and crew of Hamlet!