Act 2 Scene 1:

[Romeo enters alone]

Romeo: What should I do? Should I move on, or follow my heart?
[
Romeo moves away. Benvolio and Mercutio enter]

Benvolio: Romeo, my cousin, Romeo! Romeo!

Mercutio: He probably went home to bed.

Benvolio: No, he ran that way. Call him!

Mercutio: [laughs] Na! I’ll make him appear! Yo! Romeo! Lover-boy! We know you’re here. Say one thing and we will leave you alone! Just yell! Say something! [pauses] Apparently, he can’t hear me. He won’t move. This stupid kid probably passed out love-drunk somewhere, but he can’t hide forever. Hey Romeo! Rosaline’s here with us! [Pauses] Ok, dude, just come out.

Benvolio: Your going to make him angry.

Mercutio: He wont be mad. But he would be mad if I had some strange person marry her. What I’m doing is fine. I’m just saying the name of the girl he loves to make him appear from the darkness.

Benvolio: C’mon, he’s hidden behind one of those trees for a reason. His love is blind. Therefore, he belongs in the dark.

Mercutio: Watch, He’ll sit under that dang tree, wasting the night away, thinking about his “true love.” [laughs] Good night, Romeo. I’m going to bed. [to Benvolio] And I don’t plan on sleeping out here. (to Benvolio) Come on, let’s go.

Benvolio: Yeah, There’s no point in looking for him if he doesn’t want to be found.
(
Benvolio and Mercutio exit)

Act 2 Scene 2

[
Romeo enters]

Romeo: It’s easy for someone to joke about scars if they’ve never been cut.
[
Juliet enters on the balcony]

Romeo: But wait, what light through yonder window breaks? There she is! I wonder if she knows how I feel. Does she know how beautiful she is? Ah, I’ve never seen anything that could be more perfect!

Juliet: ugh! (direct)

Romeo: [whispers to himself] What! Did she hear me?

Juliet: [not knowing Romeo hears her] Oh, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? But why do you have to be Romeo? Just change your school. If you won’t, just tell me you love me and I’ll stop going to Capulet.

Romeo: [to himself] I can’t believe I’m eavesdropping..I feel like I’m in 4th grade. But I have to know. [listens intentionally]

Juliet: [still not knowing Romeo can hear her] It’s only the school that you go to that makes you my enemy. You would still be you if you stopped going to Montague...but what does that name mean anyways? The thing that we call a rose would smell just as sweet if we called it by any other name.This would be so much easier if we just went to the same school! He should change it, and in exchange for me.

Romeo: [to Juliet] Just tell me you love me, and I’ll switch schools, heck, I’d even change my name. I will never be Romeo again. I trust you.

Juliet: Who are you? Were you listening in on me? [smirks] you can’t fool me. Tell me who you are!

Romeo: Guilty as charged, you caught me... but I don’t know how to tell you who I am, by just telling you my name..you see, then you’d know what school I go to, and that makes us enemies, which I really don’t want to be.

Juliet: I recognize your voice..Aren’t you Romeo? Don’t you go to Montague?

Romeo: If that’s a problem I can be someone else.

Juliet: How did you get in here? Why did you come? The walls around the house are high and hard to climb up. If my family sees you, you can be sure someone will get hurt!

Romeo: Those walls can’t keep my feelings out. And I’m not too worried about your family.

Juliet: If they see you, they’ll hurt you.

Romeo: An angry look from you would hurt worse than your whole family coming after me.

Juliet: ...I wouldn’t let them see you anyway.

Romeo: It’s to dark, so don’t stress about it. But hey, if you don’t love me, let them find me. I’m not afraid of being caught, I just don’t want to be without you.

Juliet: Who told you how to get here?

Romeo: [jokes] Well your the only house with a big ol’ll tower...

Juliet: [gives him an angry look]

Romeo: No one. Love showed me the way. Love told me what to do and I followed. Just tell me what to do, and I’ll do it.

Juliet: [stands blushing] Do you really love me? If you say yes, I’ll believe you. But prove that you love me, and say it like you mean it.

Romeo: I swear by the moon, that makes everything turn into a silver- [gets cut off by Juliet ]

Juliet: No! Don’t swear to the moon. Its always changing. I don’t want you to be inconsistent too.

Romeo: Then what should I swear by?

Juliet: Nothing. If you have to, swear to yourself. Then I’ll believe you.

Romeo: In my heart’s dear love- [gets cut off by Juliet again]

Juliet: Don’t swear! You make me happy- [phone vibrates] Whoa, I didn’t realize the time. I have to go. Good night, Romeo. We have a good thing going, let’s not ruin it.

Romeo: So, wait, your just going to leave?

Juliet: Why would I stay?

Romeo: To talk about feelings, duh?

Juliet: I already promised you my love, but I can’t take it back.

Romeo: Why would you want to?

Juliet: So I could tell you myself. Not hear-say.
[
Nurse calls for Juliet]

Juliet: Shh... I heard something.
[
Juliet leaves]

Romeo: [whispers to himself] Does she really feel the same?
[
Juliet comes back]

Juliet: Romeo, if you really want my hand in marriage, let me know.

Romeo: But how?

Juliet: You’ll find a way. [smiles]

Nurse: Juliet!

Juliet: [to Nurse] I’ll be right there! [to Romeo] Romeo, don’t lead me on. If you know now that we won’t be able to be together forever, tell me now.

Nurse: [cutting off Juliet] Juliet!
Juliet:
I’m coming! I’m coming!
[
Juliet leaves]
[
Romeo starts to leave. Juliet returns]

Juliet: Pst! Romeo! My house is nearly a prison, I have to be quiet.

Romeo: [smiles] Miss me already?
J
uliet: [jokes] Oh shut it! Should I text you tomorrow?

Romeo: Yeah, before 9 o’clock.

Juliet: Okay. [sigh] If I have to wait that long.

Juliet: You should go. It’s almost morning.
[
Juliet exits]

Romeo: I shall meet with my priest to tell him the good news.
[
Romeo exits]


Act 2 Scene 3

[
Friar Lawrence enters by himself, carrying a basket]

Friar Lawrence: The day is almost over. Before morning, I have to get my supplies ready. Herbs, plants, and stones.
[
Romeo enters]

Romeo: Good morning, father.

Friar Lawrence: [holds up a flower] Romeo, you might just think this is a flower, but it’s not. You see, It appears one way, but does another. There are two opposite elements in everything, in men as well- good and evil. When evil is dominant, death soon kills the body like cancer.

Friar Lawrence: Why are you up so early? Is something wrong? [says to himself] If anything, I should be worried, but a young man like yourself...[trails off into a whisper and shakes head] Tell me what’s wrong. You haven’t even been to bed yet, have you?

Romeo: [sighs] I’ve slept better.

Friar Lawrence: Were you with Rosaline?

Romeo: [chuckle] Oh, please. I’m done with her.

Friar Lawrence: That’s good...Where have you been?

Romeo: I’ve been hanging out with “the enemy” and I can’t get her out of my head.

Friar Lawrence: Explain.

Romeo: I’m in love with a girl who goes to Capulet. I love her, and she loves me. I need you to marry us. I’ll tell you all the details later. Will you help us?

Friar Lawrence: [raises eyebrows] Are you sure your over her? Just remembering you crying over her...And now there’s someone new. Now you’ve changed? You can’t expect women to be faithful when men are so unreliable.

Romeo: You were always nagging me about loving Rosaline.

Friar Lawrence: You didn’t love her. You loved the idea of loving someone.

Romeo: You told me to forget about her.

Friar Lawrence: I didn’t tell you to replace Roseline with Juliet.

Romeo: Just let it go! I love her and she loves me.

Friar Lawrence: I’ll help you with this secret wedding. This marriage may be lucky enough to turn the hatred between the schools into peace.

Romeo: Ok, lets go. I’m in a hurry.

Friar Lawrence: Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.
[
They exit]

Act 2 Scene 4

[
Benvolio and Mercutio enter]

Mercutio: Where the heck is Romeo? Didn’t he come home last night?

Benvolio: No, I asked a maid.

Mercutio: That girl, Rosaline, is going to drive him crazy.

Benvolio: Dude! Check out this letter that was sent to Romeo’s house.

Mercutio: I bet it’s a challenge.

Benvolio: Whatever they throw at him, he can take it.

Mercutio: [jokes] We can just answer it for him.

Benvolio: No, Romeo’s gotta answer it.

Mercutio: [high pitch voice and puts hand on forehead] Oh! Romeo!! [back to normal voice but still joking] The poor guy is whipped! Is his head in the game enough to fight Tybalt?

Benvolio: What’s his problem?

Mercutio: He’s tough when it comes to fights. He’s skilled and determined to win. This could be dangerous if Romeo isn’t focused.

[Romeo walks in]

Benvolio: [whispers to Mercutio] Speak of the devil.

Mercutio: [whispers to Benvolio] He’s probably been up all night, thinking about Rosaline. [says to Romeo] You faked us out pretty good last night.

Romeo: [sarcastic] Good morning to you too...What do you mean I faked you out?

Mercutio: You gave us the slip, SIR, the slip! Do you understand what I’m saying?

Romeo: Well, excuse me! I had other things to do.

Mercutio: In other words “important business”, You....[raises shoulders]

Romeo: Get your mind out of the gutter!

Mercutio: [surrenders with hands] Just shoot me. It’s not like anybody was thinking something different. Come break this up, Benvolio. I’m running out of comebacks.

Romeo: You’re just afraid that I’ll win.

Mercutio: Your jokes aren't even that funny.

Romeo: I’m sorry my humor is to witty for you to comprehend.

Mercutio: [laughs] I'll punch you for that one.

Romeo: [sacrcastic] Oh, please. Like that was a joke.

Mercutio: Your joke is sour, and your humor is scandalous.

Romeo: [jokes] Sounds like a party!

Mercutio: That was weak, running out of things to say already?

Romeo: You’d like to think so.

Mercutio: [laughs and puts arm around shoulder] Is it me, or is this joking a whole lot better than complaining about love? You’re talkative. NOW, you’re Romeo. You’re just a normal kid having a good time.

Benvolio: I think he gets it now, Mercutio

Mercutio: What, you want me to stop my story already?

Benvolio: Well, knowing you, your story would have gone on too long.

Mercutio: Oh really? How would you know that? I was just getting to the main message, and planning on ending it there.

[the Nurse enters with her servent, Peter]

Romeo: Here’s something good.

Benvolio: A sail, a sail!

Mercutio: Hm, a man and a women.

Nurse: Peter!

Peter: What’s up?

Nurse: Give me a fan, Peter.

Mercutio: [jokes] Ya Peter, hurry up with that fan. It’s far better than her, the sooner she can get behind it, the better. Maybe it will blow a few years off her.. she needs it.

Nurse: [rolls eyes] Good morning, gentlemen.

Mercutio: Good afternoon, fair lady.

Nurse: Is it the afternoon?

Mercutio: [rude tone] Just look at the clock.

Nurse: Get out! What kind of a guy are you?

Mercutio: Just a regular guy that isn’t perfect.

Nurse: [sighs] ....Anyway, can anyone tell me where young Romeo is?

Romeo: I can tell you, but I’m older now than the young Romeo you first started looking for.

Nurse: Clever. But if you don’t mind, I’d like to have a talk with you.

Benvolio: She’ll invite him to some dinner party.

Mercutio: A playa! A playa! Ha, I know what’s going on now.

Romeo: [rolls eyes] Here we go...what is it Mercutio?

Mercutio: (he walks by them and sings) Old rabbit meat is good to eat,
If you can’t get anything else.
But if it’s so old,
That it goes bad before you eat it,
Then it was a waste of money!
(speaking)
[laughs] Yo Romeo, you going to your dad’s for lunch? C’mon let’s go.

Romeo: Ya ya, I’ll catch up with you guys in a second.

[Benvolio and Mercutio exit]

Nurse: Romeo, who was that obnoxious guy? No offense, but with all those jokes, he’s a pig.

Romeo: [snickers] He’s just one of those guys who likes the sound of his own voice. He says more in one minute than most people say in a whole month.

Nurse: I swear, if he comes in here and talks like that to me one more time, I’ll kick him! I don’t care how strong he is or how many friends he’s got, I’ll do it, Who does he think he is, comin’ in here and thinkin’ he can say whatever he wants to me...(to Peter) and you! You just stand there and let every jerk make fun of me for kicks.

Peter: Nobody was using you for kicks. But if they did, I’d stand up for you, trust me.

Nurse: [throws hands up in the air] Ugh! I’m so angry! (to Romeo) Now can I talk to you? Juliet asked me to find you. I’m not gunna tell you what she told me to say, but let me tell you this first. If you think about tricking her, you can bet that you’ll pay the consequences. She’s just a girl, and that’d be pretty low, even for you.

Romeo: I swear I won’t- (gets cut off)

Nurse: You have a good heart, and trust me, I’ll let her know that. She’ll be so happy...

Romeo: What’re you going to tell her?

Nurse: Well, I’ll tell her that you protest to her, which I think is a good thing to do...

Romeo: Tell her to find a way to sneak out and come to Friar Lawrence’s cell so she can make confession and be married. (giving her coins) Take this as thank you, from me.

Nurse: Oh, you don’t need to do that. I won’t except it.

Romeo: Please, I want you to.

Nurse: Romeo...

Romeo: Go on, I insist.

Nurse: (taking the money) This afternoon? She’ll be there.

Romeo: Wait, in an hour, one of my boys will give you a rope ladder, so I can climb over the walls at night and see Juliet. I’ll repay you for your help, I promise. Goodbye.

Nurse: Wait a sec, I have one more thing to say.

Romeo: What is it?

Nurse: Your guy won’t turn me in for helping you, will he?

Romeo: Don’t worry, he won’t tell.

Nurse: Well, Juliet is a sweet girl, she deserves to be happy...but just a warning. You’re not the only one who’s interested. A guy named Paris would take her as his own in a heartbeat. Juliet would rather look at a toad than choose him...Just giving you a heads up.

Romeo: Thanks.

Nurse: No problem. Peter! (gives Peter her fan) Go ahead. Go quickly.
[
They all exit]


Act 2 Scene 5


Juliet: I sent the Nurse at nine o'clock. Maybe she can’t find him...i doubt it. She’s so slow! To bad we can’t just send thoughts. It’s already noon! That’s three hours since nine o'clock, and she’s still gone! If she just knew how important this was to me, she’d be flying over here! [sigh]

[The Nurse and Peter enter]

Juliet: Finally! Sooo, Have you spoken to him? What did you find out?! Peter, could you step out for a second?

Nurse: Peter, wait for me outside.
[
Peter exits]

Juliet: What happened, you look unhappy. If the news is sad, tell me with a smile on your face. If it’s good news, you’re definitely ruining the moment by playing a trick with a sour face like that.

Nurse: Chill out. Let me rest for a minute. Gosh, I hurt everywhere...I’ve been running all over the place!

Juliet: Oh, I’m sorry, you know I would take away the pain for you if I could, but come on now, spill!

Nurse: You’re in such a hurry! Can’t you wait for a moment? Can’t you see I’m out of breath?

Juliet: How can you be out of breath when you have enough breath to tell me you’re out of breath?!.. [cooing] Please, just tell me. Is it good or bad?

Nurse: Well, I think you haven’t made the best decision. You don’t know how to pick a man. Romeo? No, not him..though his face is more handsome than any man’s, but he’s not the most polite man in the world, but, he’s got a good heart. Do what you want. Have you had lunch yet?

Juliet: [frustrated] No, I haven’t had lunch! Everything you told me I already knew. What does he say about our marriage? What about that?

Nurse: [ignoring Juliet] Wow, I have a headache! My head is pounding. My back aches too. Why’d you have to send me running all over town anyway? I could get sick and die.

Juliet: I’m sorry you’re in pain. But please, tell me, what did Romeo say?

Nurse: He says, like an honest gentleman, and a courteous, and a kind, and a handsome, and, I warrant, a virtuous— Where is your mother?

Juliet: I don’t know...the kitchen?! Correct me if I’m wrong, but you just said “Your love says, like an honest gentleman, 'Where is your mother?'” Now...that doesn't quite seem like the answer I’ve been practically begging for...

Nurse: Goodness child! Are you always this impatient? You’re being ridiculous! This is definitely not what my headache needs... From now on, take care of your messages yourself.

Juliet: Oh stop complaining.

Nurse: Do you have permission to go out and take confession today?

Juliet: Yup.

Nurse: Hurry up and rush over to Friar Lawrence’s cell. There’s a husband there
waiting to make you his wife.
[smiles] Go to the church. I’m going to get a rope ladder. Romeo will use it to climb up to your window while it’s dark. Don’t worry, I’ll do the hard work so you can be happy. But soon you’ll be the wife. Go.

Juliet: Wish me luck! Thanks Nurse!
[
They exit]

Act 2 scene 6

[
Friar Lawrence and Romeo enter]

Friar Lawrence: May the heavens be happy with this holy act of marriage, so nothing unfortunate happens later to make us regret it.

Romeo: Amen. But whatever road-blocks get put up, they can’t ruin the joy I feel with one look at her. All you have to do is make it so, it’s enough for me if I can call her mine.

Friar Lawrence: These violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die, like fire and powder, which as they kiss, consume. Too much honey is delicious, but it makes you sick to your stomach. Take it easy. That’s the key to long-lasting love. Too fast is as bad as too slow.
[
Juliet enters in a rush and embraces Romeo]

Friar Lawrence: Here she comes.

Juliet: Good evening Friar, you’ve helped us so much...

Friar Lawrence: Romeo will thank you, my girl, for both of us.

Romeo: [to Juliet] I’m so happy right now, you’re happy too, aren’t you?

Juliet: Of course I’m happy!

Friar Lawrence: Come with me guys, and we’ll do the job quickly. Because if you don’t mind, I’m not leaving you two alone until you’re married.

[
They exit]