Friday, June 24, 2011

Romeo and Juliet Act 5, Scenes 1 & 2


Veronicas Room is officially open! and the audience really seemed to enjoy it! wahoo! aren't opening nights the best? the audience, the nerves, the presents... the champagne... love it. looking forward to seeing the performances grow over the next couple of weeks! in other good news, my Complete Works arrived in the mail today! thanks Dad for rescuing it from the Hollywood Bowl!!! now i can Shakespeare it up and finish this play!

act 5, scene 1
Romeo, in Mantua, is in a good mood. he has a good feeling that everything is going to be okay. his man, Balthasar, enters with news. Juliet is dead. Romeo asks if there are any letters for him from the Friar, but Balthasar has none. Romeo dismisses him and prepares to leave for Verona. on his way he stops at an apothecary. Romeo notices that the apothecary is very poor and offers him a generous amount of money for a vial of poison. the apothecary is resistant, but Romeo is very convincing.(see quote below.) the apothecary finally gives in, and gives Romeo the poison.

act 5, scene 2
Friar John greets Friar Laurence. Laurence asks after Romeo. how is he? did he get the letter? Laurence learns that John was unable to deliver the letter. he returns it to Friar Laurence. Laurence is a little freaked out and sends John to get him a crow bar. he will head out to Juliet's tomb so he can be there when she wakes up. he plans to bring Juliet to his cell and send another letter to Romeo.

see what happens when you don't have a cell phone?

love this line from Friar John: 'holy Franciscan friar! brother, ho!' i understand the greeting, but it stuck me as funny anyway. like- holy Franciscan friar, Batman!

if only Balthasar had talked to Laurence before going to Romeo. if only Laurence had sent out letters by multiple messengers. if only they could've waited a few days. if only Romeo were to go to Laurence before he goes to Juliet. this play is all about if onlys...

quote of the day:
'art thou so bare and full of wretchedness,
and fearest to die? famine is in thy cheeks,
need and oppression starveth in thy eyes,
contempt and beggary hangs upon thy back.
the world is not thy friend, nor the world's law;
the world affords no law to make thee rich.
then be not poor, but break it, and take this.'
-Romeo; act 5, scene 1

for tomorrow: the end of the play!!!!!!!

-rebecca may

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