The world has gone mad like an unbridled horse running wild. Suspicions, hatred, slander and screaming,run rampant among generations and regions. Vulgarity spreads like a fever, an epidemic, and a plague. These flames of anger are constantly stoked without any sign of subsiding. In the past, we used to have an expression, "Neighbors as close as cousins." We all used to have a grandmother who, during the harvest, would leave a few persimmons on the tree tops for crows to eat and leave behind potatoes for moles to eat. Like the sky clears after a rain, I hope that seeing this play will make your inside glow.
The Montagues and the Capulets are rivaling families over several generations.
Romeo, heir of the Montagues, attends a ball at the Capulets where he meets Juliet, daughter of the Capulets. They fall in love with each other.The star-crossed two lovers secretly marry with the help of a Friar.But a sword fight breaks out among relatives of the two families. In this brawl, Mercutio, Romeo’s friend, is slain by Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt.Enraged at his best friend’s death, Romeo slays Tybalt and is banished from the city. Forced by her parents to wed Paris, Juliet takes a potion given by the Friar.Her body is taken to the Capulet's burial vault.Upon hearing Juliet has died, Romeo rushes to the vault.Believing Juliet is dead;Romeo drinks his poison and dies. Juliet awakes to realize Romeo’s death and kills herself with his dagger. Over Romeo and Juliet’s sacrifices, Montague and Capulet regret their years of past conflict and disharmony and the two families are finally reconciled.
"Shakespeare is in South Korea. A Midsummer Night's Dream visited us from South East Asiain June 2006. Romeo and Juliet is the latest arrival, embellishing Shakespeare's universal themes with another culture's symbols (Review by Rivka Jacobson (2006)."