Romeo finds out that Rosaline’s name is on the list for the party. The servant, unknowing that Benvolio and Romeo are from the Montague family, invites them both to come along.
He is a close friend to Romeo and a blood relative to Prince Escalus and Count Paris. As such, Mercutio is one of the named characters in the play with the ability to mingle around those of both houses. The invitation to Lord Capulet’s party states that he has a brother named Valentine.
Capulet gives a servant the guest list for the party and orders him off to issue invitations. The servant cannot read the list and asks for help from Romeo and Benvolio. When they find out that Rosaline, on whom Romeo dotes, is invited to the party, they decide to go too.
Benvolio wants to help Romeo let go of his obsession with Rosaline, and he explains that, while at the party, Romeo will be able to compare her to other girls and realize she is not the most beautiful. Romeo, on the other hand, says he will go to the party just so he can see Rosaline, the woman he believes he loves.
Peter, who cannot read, offers a touch of humor to this scene, especially in the way his illiteracy leads him to invite two Montagues to the party while expressly stating that no Montagues are invited.
Romeo finds out that Rosaline’s name is on the list for the party. The servant, unknowing that Benvolio and Romeo are from the Montague family, invites them both to come along. Lady Capulet asks Juliet what she thinks about marrying Paris.
Although the piece hinges on the “Romeo and Juliet” setting, Klebanoff directs the “forbidden romance” aspect away from the Capulet-Montague fight. The hidden affection of Tybalt and Mercutio becomes evident as Mercutio designates the Capulet garden as a politics-free zone.
Mercutio’s speech, while building tension for Romeo’s first meeting with Juliet at the Capulet ball, indicates that although Mercutio is Romeo’s friend, he can never be his confidant. As the play progresses, Mercutio remains unaware of Romeo’s love and subsequent marriage to Juliet.
Romeo, carrying a crowbar, enters with Balthasar. He tells Balthasar that he has come to open the Capulet tomb in order to take back a valuable ring he had given to Juliet. Then he orders Balthasar to leave, and, in the morning, to deliver to Montague the letter Romeo had given him.
Capulet then gives his servant a guest list for the party, and asks him to track down and invite the people on it. The servant, who is illiterate, then asks the passing Romeo and Benvolio for help reading it.
Rosaline is an unseen character and niece of Capulet. Although silent, her role is important: her lover, Romeo, first spots her cousin Juliet while trying to catch a glimpse of Rosaline at a Capulet gathering. Before Juliet, Romeo was deeply intrigued with another woman that didn’t return his feelings.
Still reluctant, Romeo sneaks into the masquerade with Benvolio and their wild friend Mercutio. Inside the Capulet estate, Romeo and Juliet see one another from a distance and fall in love instantly. Not knowing one another’s names, they banter and kiss.
Romeo is overheard talking about Juliet by Tybalt. Tybalt wants to remove Romeo from the party but Lord Capulet stops him. Romeo and Juliet meet and kiss each other before the Nurse calls Juliet away. Afterwards, they discover each other’s true identity.