Romeo and Juliet

Jake Indyk: Director

Playbill for "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet"

The Globe

The Globe was the theater where Shakespeare's plays were performed. Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Othello were all performed here. The Globe was owned by many people and Shakespeare only owned 12.5% of it. The Globe was built in 1599 and in 1613 it went up in flames during a fire at a play. It was rebuilt the next year but then closed down again in 1644. The actual layout is unknown but it was appeared to be around 3 stories high with a stage and seating for audience. The Globe was known as one of the best places in the world to watch plays.

About the "Balcony Scene" (Act 2 Scene 2)

The Balcony Scene was one of the most interesting and famous scenes in the play. In the Balcony scene Juliet goes to the balcony at night and starts speaking about her love for Romeo, but the feud between their two families. While she was saying this she thought she was alone but she didn't realize Romeo was there and was listening. After they see each other they continued talking for awhile and agreed to marry each other. Romeo and Juliet decided to send messengers to talk about their wedding so they wouldn't be caught by the Capulets guards. In this scene we see how its taking place in darkness which is compared to all the fighting's between the Capulets and the Montagues. We also see how Shakespeare describing how their love is being effected by Mercutio's inappropriate sexual jokes. All in all the Balcony scene is considered one of the most famous scenes in all of Shakespeare's plays.

About the author

The author of Romeo and Juliet and many other plays was William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. His family started practicing baptism and he raised as a Christian. Shakespeare got married and attended the College of Heralds. Shakespeare started to write and act in many plays during his career. The Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar were all some of his major plays. His poems and writings are still appreciated today. William Shakespeare also made many important investments during his lifetime. In July 1605, Shakespeare paid 440 pounds for a large portion of taxes on real estate in and near Stratford. This is very significant because it caused a large income for Shakespeare which helped his career. William Shakespeare ended up passing away on April 23rd 1611. All in all, William Shakespeare's plays are still considered one of the bests even today.

Quotes from the scene.

"O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo" - in this quote by Juliet she's asking Romeo what's the purpose and why are you Romeo? The purpose of her saying that is because Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet have a bad history of fighting and dueling with each other. Juliet wants to marry him but she questions why they can't just be the same. This quote is very significant because it comes in one of the most famous scenes of the play.

Rules

There were many rules that had to be followed during the play. Most importantly the audience weren't allowed to talk and had to stay quiet during the play. The consequence of disrupting would be that you would have to leave immediately. Another rule was you couldn't leave the play in the middle you needed to wait till the end. The last rule was you couldn't have food or drinks while the play was going on. These rules are important to be kept because without them the play would have multiple disruptions.
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Clothes

The clothes back then worn in Romeo and Juliet were very unique and different
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