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A monologue from the play by Tracey Scott Wilson
Drugs are really bad news. Why should you listen to me? Seriously. I wouldn’t listen to me. I came here as a joke. I mean, Miss Schaffer asked me to come talk to you so I’m here.
But I mean who am I? A white guy telling you not to do something. A super, cool white guy but . . . still . . . (Pause) I know that you guys are going to do what you’re going to do. I can’t stop you.
Nobody can. I can only tell you what I know. It’s fun at first. Great fun. And then suddenly it isn’t. Suddenly it’s just . . . work. (Beat) I’ve seen some terrible things. I’ve seen some really brilliant people die and destroy themselves.
I almost destroyed myself. But you know, I got a second chance cause my daddy’s rich and he got me out of trouble. A lot. But you guys. You don’t have that advantage.
If any of you guys do half of what I did you will die or be in jail for life. It’s not fair, but that’s the way it is. I’m lucky. I know that. But you won’t be so lucky so why mess up your life?
It’s not worth it. It’s hard to see now but, trust me on this. Get high for a few hours a day, then the next, then you wake up and ten years have passed. And you can’t get it back. Ever.
It’s gone. And all you have left is regret.