Romeo et juliette

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Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare

Verona, Italy — 1590's, July

ROMEO Son of MONTAGUE
BENVOLIO Montague cousin of ROMEO
ABRAM Montague
LORD MONTAGUE Father of ROMEO
LADY MONTAGUE Mother of ROMEO

JULIET Daughter of CAPULET
TYBALT Capulet cousin of JULIET
SAMPSON Capulet
GREGORY Capulet
LORD CAPULET Father of JULIET
LADY CAPULET Mother of JULIET
NURSE Capulet servant toJULIET

MERCUTIO Friend of ROMEO
PARIS To wed JULIET
PRINCE Prince of Verona
FRIAR LAWRENCE Marries ROMEO & JULIET
JOHN Carries message for FRIAR LAWRENCE
APOTHECARY Sells poison to ROMEO

CITIZENS, SERVANTS, MUSICIANS, GUARDS, etc.

Edited and adapted by David Hundsness, 2008. This adaptation may be used for free in part or whole for performance, even for profit; I ask only that youcontact me at scripts@hundsness.com to let me know who is using it, and give credit to David Hundsness and www.hundsness.com where appropriate.

This adaptation retains Shakespeare’s original language. It has been shortened to under two hours, cutting scenes that are typically slow to modern audiences. Dated references are minimized so the story may be set anytime and anywhere. A Wedding Ceremony andJuliet's Funeral are created from cut-and-pasted lines, and some scenes are altered for dramatic impact (all from the original script, of course). To see all lines that were cut, see the unabridged version at www.hundsness.com/plays.

The original play was first performed around 1595. This text is based on the Second Quarto of 1599, with corrections and alternate text from the First Quarto of1597, Second Quarto of 1599, Third Quarto of 1609, Fourth Quarto of 1622, First Folio of 1623, and later editions. Spelling and punctuation are modernized (American) with some indications of pronunciation. Stage directions are clarified. Side notes are given for vocabulary, figurative language, and allusions.
INDEX

Monday Prologue
1 1.1a Capulets and Montagues get into a fight; Prince stopsthem
2 1.1b Romeo's parents ask Benvolio about Romeo's sad mood
3 1.2a Capulet invites Paris to woo Juliet
4 1.1c Romeo tells Benvolio he is brokenhearted
1.2b Benvolio persuades Romeo to go to Capulet's ball
5 1.3 Juliet's mother and Nurse discuss marriage with her
6 1.4 Romeo and friends talk before the ball; Mercutio talks of dreams (Queen Mab)
7 1.5 At Capulet ball, Romeo andJuliet fall in love at first sight
Tybalt wants to kill Romeo for crashing the party; Capulet stops him
Romeo & Juliet talk and kiss, then learn they are enemies
8 2.1 Romeo slips away; his friends look for him
9 2.2 Romeo & Juliet exchange vows of love and plan to marry (balcony scene)
Tuesday
10 2.3 Friar agrees to marry Romeo & Juliet
11 2.4 Mercutio, Benvolio, and Romeojoke around; Romeo meets Nurse
12 2.5 Nurse tells Juliet the wedding plans
13 2.6 Friar marries Romeo & Juliet
14 3.1a Tybalt challenges Romeo; Romeo refuses; Mercutio fights Tybalt and dies; Romeo kills Tybalt
15 3.1b Lady Capulet demands justice; Prince banishes Romeo

INTERMISSION

16 3.2 Juliet anticipates her wedding night; Nurse tells her about Tybalt & Romeo
17 3.3 Friar consolesRomeo; they plan for Romeo to visit Juliet and flee
18 3.4 Capulet plans for Juliet to marry Paris on Thursday
Wednesday
19 3.5a Romeo & Juliet wake as he must leave for Mantua
20 3.5b Juliet's mother tells her she'll wed Paris; she refuses; her father is enraged; Nurse advises her to marry Paris
21 4.1 Juliet evades Paris at church; Friar plans for her to fake her death
22 4.3 Juliet takes thesleeping potion;
Thursday
23 4.5 Friar delivers Juliet's eulogy
24 5.1a Romeo hears Juliet is dead; he plans to die by her side
25 5.2 Friar realizes Romeo didn't get his message
26 5.1b He buys poison from an apothecary
5.3a Guards fight Romeo; he escapes
27 5.3b Romeo finds Juliet and drinks the poison; Juliet wakes and kills herself
Friday morning
28 5.3c Prince condemns...
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