Romeo and Juliet: Act 1 - Romeo and Juliet Act One Prologue Two households both alike in dignity in fair Verona where we lay our scene Where civil blood

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Romeo and Juliet Act One Prologue Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From these two foes a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows do with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-marked love, and the continuance of their parents' rage, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage. Act One, Scene One Street Scene - on stage and on floor Characters: Townspeople 1-12, (Rosaline), Romeo, (Count Paris), (Juliet), (Nurse) Sampson and Gregory, Abraham and Balthasar, Benvolio and Tybalt Lord and Lady Capulet, Lord and Lady Montague Prince Escalus Props: Townspeople to have baskets/ belongings to trade at market Sampson, Gregory, Abraham, Balthasar, Benvolio, Tybalt, Lord Capulet, Lord Montague, and Prince Escalus to have swords Romeo and Count Paris each to have roses Townsperson One: The Montagues and the Capulets really don’t like each other Townsperson Two: It’s more than a family feud. Their fighting spills into the streets! Townsperson Three: And it’s not just Lord Capulet and Lord Montague fighting. It’s their servants too! Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, of the house of Capulet, armed with swords GREGORY The quarrel is between our masters and us their men SAMPSON Tis all one. I will show myself a tyrant . I will cut off their heads. Enter ABRAHAM and BALTHASAR GREGORY Draw thy sword! Here comes two of the house of the Montagues. SAMPSON My sword is out. Quarrel. I will back thee. ABRAHAM Do you bite your thumb at us, sir? SAMPSON I do bite my thumb, sir. ABRAHAM But do you bite your thumb at us , sir? SAMPSON
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No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you , sir, but I bite my thumb, sir. GREGORY Do you quarrel, sir? ABRAHAM Quarrel sir? No, sir. SAMPSON Draw, if you be men (They fight…) Enter BENVOLIO BENVOLIO Part, fools! Put up your swords; you know not what you do. (Beats down their swords) Enter TYBALT TYBALT Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death. BENVOLIO I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword, or manage it to part these men with me. TYBALT What? Drawn, and talk of peace?! I hate the word, as I hate all Montagues, and thee. (They fight) Enter CAPULET and LADY CAPULET CAPULET What noise is this? Give me my sword! LADY CAPULET A crutch. You need a crutch! Why call you for a sword? CAPULET My sword, I say! Old Montague is come Enter MONTAGUE and LADY MONTAGUE MONTAGUE Thou villain Capulet! (Lady Montague holds Lord Montague back so he will not fight) --Hold me not, let me go. LADY MONTAGUE Thou shalt not stir a foot to seek a foe. Enter PRINCE ESCALUS PRINCE Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace! Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground and hear the sentence of your prince. Three civil brawls, by thee, old Capulet, and Montague, have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets.
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