A Play On Words is set at a U.C. campus. Professor Pavlic lectures on the origin of man and the English language. Four students act out their life traumatic experiences before the class. The professor keeps receiving anonymous love letters from someone. Finally a lesbian students owns up to the love letters and tries to embrace the professor. She is abruptly expelled from the class room. The next day a police officer informs the professor that the student has leaped off the Golden Gate Bridge. But suddenly the lesbian student appears in the class room and confesses that at the last minute she couldn't take her own life and decided to reunite with a former lover at a homeless shelter.