2The Globe TheatreBuilt in 1594, The Globe broke away from the traditional rectangular shape of English theaters.
3The Globe TheatreLocated on the banks of the River Thames, the Globe was a three story wooden building that held up to 3,000 theatergoers.In the center was an open-air courtyard with a platform stage.
4The Globe TheatreThose paying the lowest admission were known as “groundlings,” who stood in the pit.Wealthier theatergoers sat in the buildings interior balconies.
5The Globe TheatrePerformances were advertised by means of playbills, and took place during the hours of daylight when the weather was suitable.
6Shakespeare’s WorksShakespeare wrote 37 plays, which are categorized in one of three classifications.154 Sonnets6 Long PoemsShakespeare wrote most of his work in blank verse, unrhymed lines consisting of 10 syllables (aka Iambic Pentameter).
7Shakespeare’s WorksTragedy: A play that traces the main character’s downfallComedy: A play that ends happily and that usually contains many humorous elementsHistory: A play that chronicles the life of an English monarch
8Romeo and Juliet Takes place in Italy during the 1300’s. There is a feud between 2 wealthy families – the Montagues and the Capulets.It has raged for many years.
9Romeo and Juliet “A pair of star-crossed lovers” Romeo was a Montague and Juliet was a CapuletForbidden love…
10Romeo and Juliet – The Play CAPULETSLord CapuletLady CapuletJulietTybaltNurseSampsonGregoryMONTAGUESLord MontagueLady MontagueRomeoBenvolioBalthasarAbram
11Romeo and Juliet Other Characters Prince Escalus, ruler of Verona Mercutio, Romeo’s Friend/Prince’s RelativeFriar Laurence, a Fransician PriestFriar John, another PriestCount Paris, young nobleman and kinsman of the Prince
12WHAT IS A DRAMA??DRAMA -- a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
13Dramatic ConventionsAside – lines specifically meant to be heard by the audience and/or select characters onstage. Think of a pause in the action on stage.
14Dramatic ConventionsMonologue – a speech given by one character. Other characters may be on stage, but only the one character speaks. “Mono” means “one.”
15Dramatic ConventionsSoliloquy – a speech given by one character, usually revealing a character’s innermost thoughts. The character is alone on the stage.
16Dramatic ConventionsFoil – the existence of two characters whose personalities and/or traits serve to contrast the characteristics of the other.Example: Benvolio (peaceful) and Tybalt (fiery and angry)
17Dramatic ConventionsDramatic Irony – the audience has knowledge that the characters on stage do not have or are not aware of yet.Example: The audience knows that Juliet isn’t really dead when Romeo believes that she is.