Setting: On the set of 'Time Voyager', a new television series.
Characters: ANN - Announcer ROMEO - Romeo
ANN: Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome again to this week's edition of Time Voyager. In case this is the first time you have tuned in and are unfamiliar with the concept, let me explain it to you. Modern technology today allows us to go back in time, as you probably know already. We do just that - go back and visit those times and places that had so much mystery, so much darkness, and so little knowledge. Our current model of time machine is the best that money can buy and has been completely tested for safety so we will not... as they say... leave someone 'behind the times.' So sit back, relax, and watch as the past becomes the present.
(Lights dim, machine hums, beam of light appears center stage.
Through the beam, people are visible, walking seemingly unaware of the new presence.)
ANN: The place is Verona, Italy, and the year is 1523. To be precise, the third of May.
(Romeo cautiously peers into light beam. It seems he is the only one aware of it.)
ANN: (To Romeo) Do not be afraid, come forward. (Beckons with hand)
ROMEO: What is this?
ANN: Sir, I apologize for this sudden interruption of your day. Perhaps you would like me to explain?
ROMEO: (Steps onto stage out of light beam. Beam dies) What has happened to me? Have I died? Is this the other world? What do you want of me?
ANN: No, you are not dead, rather transported to another time...
ROMEO: You talk no sense! Your head must be full of bugs and insects! And, if you do not mind, what are those strange machines in the corner? (Points...