Stage left, Henry!

“Stage left, Henry!”

“Over here?”

“No, left!”

“Your left or my left?”

“There is only one stage left… like starboard and port.”

“I thought it was port and starboard.”

“Whatever, Henry.”

“Not that I remember which is which of those.”

“It doesn’t matter. Just put the tree ten feet or so to your left.”

“As I face the front or…”

“As you are now. Move… the… tree…”

“I hear you.”

“OK. Now when Romeo comes towards the balcony…”

“Balcony?”

“Yes, Henry… the balcony.”

“But I thought we were setting up for the final scene.”

“Why would we want a tree for the death scene?”

“I did wonder.”

“Then why didn’t you say anything?”

“I don’t know.”

“No, Henry… balcony, foliage, so Romeo can climb…”

“Climb?”

“Do you know this play at all?”

“Of course. It was one of our school projects.”

“Project?”

“To design the set, yes, then photograph it. I still have them somewhere… the photos, not the set… obviously.”

“Obviously. Now, so we’re on the same page…”

“Page? They’ve given you a script?”

“No, Henry. It’s just a saying.”

“What do we need for the death scene?”

“What?”

“You know, the end… when they die.”

“I do know, but why are you asking?”

“I like to be sure. Balcony, foliage, tree… we’ve got those.”

“We have. Alright then… the marble bench, a gun and the poison.”

“And the dagger.”

“Dagger?”

“Doesn’t one of them…”

“You’re thinking of Macbeth.”

“But when Juliet discovers Romeo she thinks he’s dead and…”

“This is am dram Henry. We’re doing the film version not Will’s.”

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Photography courtesy of morguefile.com.

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