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I will produce the play in Las Vegas so I can create a modern effect towards Shakepears Romeo & Juliet. I’ve chosen to produce Act 1 Scene 1, because it will show the tension between the two families already before the film unfolds. The scene has lots of action and there’s a variety of things happening. The Montague’s own a casino called Gamblers Paradise. The Capulets are also in the gambling business; their casino is called Snake Eyes. There is a massive rivalry between them because of the substantial amount of money involved and the intense competition. Tybalt wants to shut the Montague’s business for good. The servants are employees of their families casino’s, and the Prince is the head of the F.B.I.
Leading up to the scene There will be a short clip showing how the feud between the two families began. The Montague’s were situated there first. Their income was soaring through the roof, until the Capulets arrived and opened their newly built casino adjacent to them. The Montague’s income plummeted dramatically and they were infuriated about it. So they began their plan to make the Capulets lives hell.When the scene opens, the two Capulet servants walk out of the casino joking and laughing.
The camera will face them from the Montague’s casino and will zoom in slowly. The servants walk down the street towards a cafï¿½ they always go to every lunch break. As they are walking, the camera has a close up on Sampson when he is talking and when Gregory is talking; the camera switches to him. When they are near the cafï¿½, the camera goes into the cafï¿½, moving in a circular movement. Then it stops on Abraham, a Montague servant. Abraham is drinking a cup of coffee. The camera is facing the door of the cafï¿½ from inside, waiting for the Capulet’s to enter. Next, the door swings open and the Capulet’s look around and spot Abraham. The camera switches to Abraham. He sees them in the corner of his eye. He gulps down the last mouth full of coffee and walks over to the counter. The camera moves behind the counter. He pays for the coffee and turns to the Capulet’s.
Gregory says, “I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list”. Sampson replies “Nay, as there. I will bite my thumb at him, which is disgrace to him if he bear it.” “Do you bite your thumb at us sir?” says Abraham in a deep shaky voice. Abraham walks over to them. Then suddenly he lashes out with a punch to Gregory. The camera moves to the right and zooms in on the action. The fight is interrupted by the appearance of Benvolio.
Benvolio enters and shouts, “Part, fools! Put up your hands; you know not what you do.” Tybalt stampedes through the door with attitude and says, “What art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.” Benvolio replies, “I do but keep the peace. Put up thy hand, or it to part these men with me.” “What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montague’s, and thee. Have at thee, coward.” Tybalt replies with anger.
Then Abraham pulls out a gun, he is extremely nervous at this moment in time. Sweat runs slowly down his forehead. Sampson kicks the gun out of Abraham’s clench fist. Gregory does a backward roundhouse kick to the face of Abraham, who is stunned. The camera switches behind Abraham and zooms out a bit. He flies through the air and crashes onto a table with a bone-breaking thump. The camera is now at a bird’s eye view of the crisis. Abraham is bleeding from several places and he is unconscious. Blood is trickling from the edge of the table.
Citizens gather round shouting, “Down with the Capulets, down with the Montague’s.” The camera is behind the citizens at head level. Immediately Montague and Capulet appear on the scene. Old Capulet calls for shotgun. For a moment the two wives try to restrain their husbands, but their efforts are unnecessary. The F.B.I squad pulls up outside the cafï¿½. “The Worlds Greatest” by R.Kelly is playing in the background. As the prince steps out of his Lexus, the camera has a close up on his face.
Prince Escales says loudly through a tannoy, “Old Capulet and Montague have disturbed our streets once again. If you ever disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace. For this time all the rest depart away: You Capulet, shall go along with me, and Montague I will come for you this afternoon, to know our further pleasure in this case, to old Free-town, our common judgement-place. Once more, on pain of death, all men depart.”
How the scene develops With the departure of the Prince, the mood changes. Lady Montague asks “O where is Romeo? I saw him to day? I am glad he was not at this fray”. Lady Montague spots Romeo in the distance. The camera zooms in on lady Montague. Benvolio describes the behaviour of his infatuated friend. Romeo gets up before dawn, walking alone in the woods and weeping as the sunrises. The camera follows him from behind, capturing the beautiful sky. He hurries home and locks himself in his room and shuts out the daylight. At this point, “Hero” by Enrique is playing. These are symptoms of unrequited love, although neither Benvolio nor Romeo’s parents appear to recognise this.
How does your treatment of the play show its relevance to people today? Romeo and Juliet relate very well to today. For example, each family wants revenge on the other. This can relate to the families who were affect by Myra Hindley. She was a sick twisted individual who killed children. Every one wanted her to die and suffer for what she did. All families have disagreements, arguments, and fights but that’s part of life every thing will eventually sort it self-out. So really what happens in Romeo and Juliet isn’t unusual.