Romeo and Juliet

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Leaves litter the backyard of Juliet’s house with the wind gushing through the tree branches. Dark clouds seem to gather slowly above catalyzing the eerie cold vibe emanating. We hear the clatter of feet at a distance slowly gaining moment. We hear the sound of heavy breathing, a man running. He seems in haste as he disregards the puddles of water he keeps stepping on. He keeps calling out a name. Then suddenly the sound of crinkly old doors been swerved open switches the attention back to Juliet’s house. She is already out on the balcony, fuming! She scolded the cold, peering at the road leading to their house looking for a face.
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The running feet grow louder, and into the backyard runs in Antonio. This colossal size of a man, six feet ten inches tall, arms beaming out of a caged silk shirt under and sleeveless leather jacket heaved over his knees, panting. Unable to utter a word over his battle to catch his fleeing breath. Juliet scolded him for shouting all the way for he made too much noise and had woken her sleeping baby. Antonio seemingly unapologetically disregards Juliet’s anger and says, “He knows the truth, Juliet. Romeo knows.” The scene ends with the change of Juliet’s angry expression, to sudden utter speechless shock.
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Jumps up and down to get Juliet’s attention to no avail. He picks up pedals and tries to knock her literally out of her trance. She stops him just before the first stone flies. An argument ensues. Juliet and Antonio scold each other, pointing fingers as if they were blaming each other. All of a sudden Friar Laurence goes mum, fear-stricken in his eyes as if he had just seen a ghost. He takes a step back. Juliet, surprised by this, folds her arms and huffs. Giving Friar Laurence an intentionally loud snarl only for her to be startled by a strong swivel that turned her around. She finds herself face to face with Lady Capulet, her mother.
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She slaps her, pointing back into the house gesturing to Juliet to attend to her child who has been waiting this whole time. The stage is left with Lady Capulet and Friar Laurence, who stand in silence for a moment as if they were reading each other’s minds. Friar Laurence falls onto his knees with his palms open as if to ask for forgiveness. He looks at her in defeat, tells her,” It was you, was it?” Lady Capulet takes a seat on the balcony, looking away from Friar Laurence. She stares at the horizon as if to take a moment of reflection. She reminds Fraier Laurence off the warning she gave him a year ago. That he would live to regret his decisions. Friar Laurence jumps back onto his feet; he counters with a loud whisper, of the deal that they had struck. That he would never tell Juliet of their past if she never told Romeo of the truth of the child’s father. Lady Capulet denies the allegation, claiming that she had nothing to gain from revealing the truth. She turns and looks at him, taking him through a chronological journey through their happier memories, long before she grew old and wrinkled. She reminded him of all the lies he had told her, how he would never leave her.
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Friar Laurence cuts her story short, claiming he no longer had anything to lose, and he was going to tell Juliet the truth. He calls her out, Lady Capulet looking rather surprised, as she probably thought he did not have the guts to do it. Back on the balcony steps Juliet, with a baby in her arms, wrapped in a blanket and quietly surrendering to the gentle rocking from his mother. She seems tense, looking for words to explain to her mother why Friar Laurence was here.
The rest of the stage fades with a focus on the monologue of Juliet to her mother. Juliet explains how heavy the guilt of having an affair weighed on her and how keeping it from her beloved mother kept her awake since her wedding day. She slowly narrates of how fast she has had to grow up in life and love, how it was simple to play with two hearts when she was just a teenager and how those decisions did not prepare her for the repercussions of dishonesty.
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She recounts how she never appreciated Romeo’s love, took him for his money and fueled her sinister indulgences. Lady Capulet is quiet the whole time with a matrimony expression on her face with fading glimmers of sympathy and remorse for her daughter who has now come to her for some form of recompense. She then stands to embrace her daughter and granddaughter. All of a sudden the solemn moment lights up the stage. With all three characters, Friar Laurence, Lady Capulet and Juliet startled by the sudden clamping of horseshoes emanating from a distance. Lady Capulet chuckles, “Romeo’s here.”
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Friar Laurence runs across the yard towards the back door of the house below the balcony, banging it, screaming for Juliet to open it. The weather has been deteriorating in the meantime, with the winds becoming stronger, clouds darker like a storm at its cradle. Juliet clings to her mother asks her to let Friar Laurence in. To her surprise Lady Capulet does not flinch. Baffled but with no time to ask why, Juliet tries to run into the house only to be stopped by her mother.
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“He deserves to die,” she says. Juliet pleads with her mother not to let the father of her child to die. Lady Capulet laughs out loud, confusing Juliet even further for this was not the reaction she expected from her mother. Before Juliet to ask why, into the stage enters Romeo, furious and with his sword drawn accompanied by the three watchmen each with a flaming torch, the first watchman with a pitchfork on one hand, the second a blacksmith’s hammer the third with two torches. Romeo points his sword at Friar Laurence, “Finish him.”
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The three watchmen descend upon Fraier Laurence, who puts up an impressive fight aided by his stature. He lands a square kick to the face of the third watchmen who came charging first, without either of his arms to protect him. He bounces off the foot of Friar Laurence and is send spiralling across the yards. The other two men are startled at first, but gesture at each other to charge at the same time.
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They manage to secure his arms as they grabble and wrestle to the ground leaving just enough time for Romeo to plunge his sword into his chest. Juliet screams as she wrestles her mother’s grip. She breaks lose only for Lady Capulet to try and get a hold of her cloth only to tug at the blanket, sending Romeo Jr off the balcony with his mother behind him in a desperately lost attempt to save him
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Works Cited
BIBLIOGRAPHY Meres, F. (2003). Romeo and Juliet. New York: Simon &Schuster.