Romeo and Juilet

Act 1 Summaries

Warring Houses and an All Too Emo Kid

The play opens on the servants of Juliet's house desiring to pick a fight with the servants from Romeo's house. Benvolio tries to stop the fighting, but "fiery" Tybalt only intensifies the brawl. Before anyone is seriously injured, the Prince breaks up the fight. He decrees that anyone who fights in the streets of Verona will forfeit his or her life. Afterwards, Benvolio speaks with Romeo to try to find out what is causing him to cry all the time and mope around. We learn that Romeo is in love with Rosaline--a beautiful woman who doesn't love him in return.

Paris Lady Stealer

Paris aka “Rich Boy” approaches Capulet and asks if he can have Juliet's hand in marriage. Capulet replies that Juliet is too young for Paris but he encourages him to try to win over Juliet. Then Benvolio talks Romeo to going to a party and quit being butthurt by the love that won't be and go out and take home a lady. And go to work on it. Romeo agrees. Then on to scene Three.

Meeting the Capulets

This scene starts off at the Capulet’s house were Juliet’s mom starts to call for her. The nurse is also there and she is telling stories of when Juliet was younger and the nurses husband who died helped her up when she fell and he would make a sexual joke for when she was older. Also Lady Capulet asked Juliet what she thought about marriage and Juliet says that it is an honour that she doesn't want to hold. Lady Capulet responds that there are girls younger than her that are getting married.

Party at the Disco

The scene starts off with Romeo and his friend Benvolio and Mercutio preparing for the Masque Costume ball. They each choose a different masks so they cannot be recognized as a Montague and the Capulet’s ball. All three of them enter the ballroom without any problems and no one has suspected them yet. Benvolio and Mercutio were pretty eager to go to the party, so they disappear into the crowd but Romeo was still depressed about Rosaline so he stays off to this side.

Romeo uses his Swag to Steal a Kiss

Juliet and Romeo meet is this scene. When Romeo spots Juliet at the party he falls in love at first sight. But at the same time, Juliet’s cousin Tybalt recognizes Romeo’s voice as a Montague. This angers Tybalt so he brought it to Capulet’s attention but Capulet tells Tybalt to be polite and act more like a gentleman. Although Tybalt promises he will get revenge, he leaves the party. Then Romeo and Juliet meet and kiss in the middle of the dance floor. After they say goodbye to each other they learn each other’s true identities.