The setting of my treatment of Romeo and Juliet will be two coffee shops in downtown New York City. New York City is very urbanized and businesses are always fighting for the spotlight.
The people of New York City range between poor, middle-class, and rich. Some parts are poorer and some parts are richer. This treatment of Romeo and Juliet will take place along the border of a rich and poor area.
The time period is present day 2013. Technology runs our lives and the clothes you wear are more important than your life.
House of Capulet
The House of Capulet owns the coffee shop on the rich part of the border called “Capulet’s Coffee”. They are a billionaire franchise and have locations all over the country. The location where the owner runs happens to be this exact location in New York City. It was built only a couple years ago. The Capulet’s chose New York City because Juliet loves to shop.
CEO Capulet, the owner, spends most of his time at this location because his daughter. CEO Capulet dislikes their nemesis, “Montagues Brews” because they steal each others customers. CEO Capulet is married to Mrs. Capulet. They are both the parents of Juliet Capulet, the heiress of “Capulet’s Coffee”.
Juliet is the only daughter of CEO Capulet and Mrs. Capulet. She is 16 years old and is the heiress of “Capulet’s Coffee”. She is a high class, little, rich girl. Juliet wears all designer clothes and spends most of her time shopping and buying clothes and jewelry. She doesn’t really think about the future and thinks her parents will buy her everything.
House of Montague
The House of Montague owns the coffee shop on the poorer side of the border called, “Montague’s Brews”. They are a local family owned business and have only this one location. The Montagues aren’t necessarily poor, but are lower than average due to their failing business. “Montague’s Brews” used to be number one in business for coffee, until the Capulets built a location right across the street. Ever since then, the two shops have been feuding over business and bouncing back and forth in popularity.
Mr. Montague is a hardworking, father of six boys. He is married to Mrs. Montague. Together, they all work at the coffee shop, including their youngest son, Romeo. All the people in the neighbor are friendly with them and know their names. However, “Capulet’s Coffee” has a wider variety on their menu and more money to buy better coffee, causing this never ending feud.
Romeo is the youngest from Mr. and Mrs. Montague at 16 years old. He has been working since age 7 and has never been able to make friends with other kids. To him, work is the number one priority, other than girls. One day, Romeo hopes to own “Montague’s Brews” and put the spoiled Capulets out of business for good.
A taxi driver is speaking to the reader from the front seat while waiting in traffic on a street in New York City.
Yo so you remember that coffee shop downtown with the johnny pump in front of it? I hear the youngest little rat of that business is messin’ around with the rich lil’ Cap daughter. They may got good coffee ya know but that ain’t nothin’ to be messin’ with. Those rich Caps will sue their asses for even steppin’ in their door! I mean this will end bad like when that drunk guy over in the Village went streakin’?! Boy, those were the good ol’ days. Ay well traffic seems to be speeding up, but I tell you, those Caps and Monts need to put a stop to their fightin’.
ACT 2, SCENE 2
Outside, an alley behind Capulet’s Coffee with the window to Juliet’s room visible, night time, Romeo and Juliet
I ain’t ever felt this way before.
This stupid coffee catastrophe ruins my life, yo.
Wait, is that her in the window?
The cutest chick I’ve ever seen?
If only she wasn’t a Cap.
And I wasn’t Mont.
THIS AIN’T COOL!
Ay! She talkin’ now.
Oh that sweet voice.
Say sumn’ again, girl.
Where you at Romeo?
Just forget bout’ our names boy
And promise to buy me shoes.
Then I’ll be yours forever dollface.
Should I keep listenin’, yo?
Ya know it’s our names.
But what really is a name?
It’s just a title,yo.
And if we forget bout’ those titles.
I’ll be yours forever baby.
YO JULES I’LL CHANGE MY NAME FOR YA!
EW. Romeo why you be all up in here listenin’ to me?
Shouldn’t you be off with ya little workin’ family?
That don’t matter, Jules.
All that matters is that I ain’t no Mont.
I ain’t got no name.
Soooo….. you ain’t a Mont?
Nope, baby I’m all yours.
How did ya even get to my window?
My family is always lingerin’ around.
To make sure no scumbags come round’.
Ya see girl,
They can’t tame this animal.
I’d do anythin’ for you baby.
THEY’LL KILL YA!
They can’t beat these guns.
Or our love.
I really don’t want them to see ya boy.
Girl I’d rather die here than be without you.
And how did ya get here again you wuss?
My sweet Jules.
My love showed me the way.
Romeo I just don’t know.
I actually do have some feelins’ for ya.
But you could be lying to get my shoe collection.
You could change ya mind lata on down the road.
It just seems a lil’ too risky for this girl.
You can’t trust no one these days.
I swear on the Empire State Building dollface.
Anything for you.
Don’t swear on that you idiot.
Well then what do I swear by?!
Don’t swear at all?
Or swear on your own self.
You may get yo self killed.
But I’ll believe ya.
I swear on my-
Ya know what?
Let’s just forget bout’ this marriage thing for now.
Let’s see if ya love me next time?
Or can deal with my shoe fashion.
For now, see ya later honey!
Really sweet cheeks? That’s all I get?
What else you want?!
Seriously, I’m not ready.
This is real life stuff man.
So you marry for love, correct?
Romeo, that is the only reason.
I may have love for shoes
But I am very serious about real love.
That’s my cue boy. I’ll see ya later in the sun hopefully. Then ya can see my shoes.
[comes out again]
When should I send ma housekeepa’ to discuss our love?
I’M COMIN’ JEEZ HOLDUP.
I’ll send her to see if our love is real or not real, ya feel?
JULIET YA BETTER GET YOUR BUTT IN THIS HOUSE
AY I’M COMIN’ SERIOUSLY CALM DOWN!!
So tomorrow she’ll come for you.
I love ya like I love my work.
More than my work.
Gosh, I love you more than ma pop love coffee!
[comes out again]
My pop is gonna hear ya!
I can’t help it.
I just love you so much darlin’!
When should I send someone to ya tomorrow?
9ish? I gotta restock the bagel schmear at 8.
I’ll be there baby.
I’ll stay here until you remember it my love.
Oh Romeo, how I love ya company.
And I will stay with ya.
I’ll never let you get away from me Romeo.
Just like the stars hugs hug the skyscrapers in the night.
Boy I wish I was a skyscraper.
See ya tomorrow dollface!
I’ll talk to the priest tomorrow, my love!
Act 2, Scene 6
The priest, Romeo and Juliet at a small church downtown
Ay, ay, ay.
I hope this goes well.
And doesn’t end in catastrophe.
Ya, ya, ya.
Now join us together.
So we can be married, yo.
Forget about all those worries.
You only live once, yo.
Romeo, be careful what ya wish for
and most importantly,
Boy, you are foolish.
Ya even drink decaf coffee!
So be careful out on those streets.
Ah! Jules mah darlin’.
Thank ya boy Romeo for settin’ this up.
[Romeo kisses her]
I love ya Romeo. Thanks sweet cheeks.
[kisses Romeo back]
Ah, Jules it’s with great joy from mah heart to marry ya.
I love ya and I always will.
At first I was a lil’ unsure,
but now I know.
My love for ya darlin’,
makes me weak.
Now, you two love birds.
Come with me and I will join ya families together as one.