The noble Veronese houses of Montague and Capulet are locked in a bitter feud. When Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love they are swept up in a series of violent events and cruel twists of fortune.
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Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
A plague o' both your houses!
This night you shall behold him at our feast.
Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face,
And find delight writ there with beauty's pen.
Examine every married lineament,
And see how one another lends content
And what obscured in this fair volume lies
Find written in the margent of his eyes.
This precious book of love, this unbound lover,
To beautify him only lacks a cover.
If I profane with my unworthiest hand
This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this.
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,
Which mannerly devotion shows in this.
For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,
And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.
Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.
O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do!
They pray: grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.
Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake.
Then move not while my prayer's effect I take.
In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond,
And therefore thou mayst think my 'haviour light.
But trust me, gentleman, I'll prove more true
Than those that have more cunning to be strange.
But that thou overheardest, ere I was ware,
My true love-passion. Therefore pardon me,
And not impute this yielding to light love,
Which the dark night hath so discovered.
In one respect I'll thy assistant be.
For this alliance may so happy prove
To turn to your households' rancour to pure love
O God, I have an ill-divining soul!
Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low,
As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.
Either my eyesight fails, or thou lookest pale.
I dreamt my lady came and found me dead -
Strange dream that gives a dead man leave to think! -
And breathed such life with kisses in my lips
That I revived and was an emperor.
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden;
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say 'It lightens.
A glooming peace this morning with it brings;(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head:
Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished:
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
Romeo and Juliet (the play) ISBN 9780942208665
Romeo and Juliet Director's Playbook (play plus theatrical production sections) ISBN 9780942208658.
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The most iconic love story of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an epic-scale tragedy of desire and revenge. Despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love. But when the long-running rivalry boils over into murder, the young couple must embark on a dangerous and deadly mission to preserve their love at any cost.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Calista Flockhart as Juliet
Matthew Wolf as Romeo
Julie White as Nurse
Alan Mandell as Friar Laurence
Richard Chamberlain as Prince Escalus
Nicholas Hormann as Lord Capulet
Josh Stamberg as Mercutio
Mark J. Sullivan as Benvolio and others
Logan Fahey as Tybalt and Balthasar
Alfred Molina as Chorus
Henry Clarke as Paris and others
Lily Knight as Lady Capulet
Janine Barris as Young Lady, Boy Page to Paris and others
Darren Richardson as Sampson and Peter
Alan Shearman as Lord Montague and others
André Sogliuzzo as Gregory and others
Sarah Zimmerman as Lady Montague and others
Directed by Martin Jarvis.
Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in January, 2012.
said the Friar to the kids.
Wish they had listened.
Is it star-crossed love?
Should the Friar have hosed them?
A little of both.
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