Romeo and Juliet

Directed by: Emily Jurkevich

Clothing - Elizabethan Culture

It is seen from portraits during the Elizabethan era, that the rich, upper class and high nobility dressed very nicely. They wore fancy embroidered fabric, good quality fur and gold jewelry. When a person looked at somebody else, they knew what social class they were in, due to what kind of clothes they were wearing. When Queen Elizabeth took the throne she made the sumptuary laws more detailed of what the different social classes could wear. Only people who were royal were allowed to wear the color purple, the high nobility wore red and the nobles wore gold. When the middle class started to be able to afford nicer clothing, it was important to the queen to make sure their clothing was not too elaborate and the queen dressed even more elaborate. The poor people, could not afford any of the nice cloth and wore work clothing. Men wore shirts, pants, vests, hats and boots while women wore shirts, skirts, bodices and hats.

About The Globe

The three story, circular building where Shakespeare puts on all of his plays is called "The Globe Theater". All the plays that were performed, were put on during the day because the theater had no lighting. Since they did not have props and had very few special effects, Shakespeare had very detailed descriptions of the scene so the people would be able to understand it very well. To advertise the plays, and tell when there was a play, there was a flagpole on the theater. They also used colors to tell which kind of play was playing; black was a tragedy, white was comedy and red was a history. The plays were also very last minute. They put on eleven performances of ten different plays and all the parts for the plays were given out on the day of the play. Lastly, women were not allowed to act in the plays so only men acted.

Actors

Act II Scene II - The Balcony Scene

Romeo is standing outside of Juliet's balcony where she cannot see him and she comes out onto it and starts thinking. Romeo is watching her quietly and wants her to speak. When she does, she states that she just wants Romeo to deny his father's name or if he tells Juliet that he loves her, she will stop being a Capulet, and the only thing stopping their love is a name which does not even matter. Romeo finally answers her and says "Call me but love, and I'll be a new baptized. Henceforth I will never be Romeo." this shows Romeo also does not want anything more than being with Juliet. Juliet realizes it is Romeo who is speaking and wonders how he got over the orchard walls, Romeo says by love. They continued to talk and Juliet said I should be embarrassed that you heard what I said about you but I'm not because I love you and I want to marry you, so send me the time and where. The nurse calls Juliet in and they say goodbye and they'll talk tomorrow, since it is almost morning.

Rules Of This Theatre

1. No more than 3000 people could crowd into the theater per show.

2. You are not allowed to attend the theater if you have the bubonic plague (the black death).

3. The people in the pit are not allowed to throw tomatoes at the actors.

4. The upper class needs to treat the lower class with respect.

5. Before the show, you can only line up to buy the tickets one hours before the show.