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Bang Bang Estas Muerto

De William Mastrosimone (TOTAL OSCURIDAD. Se escucha una o! en la oscuri"a". Des#u$s "e un momento% una lu! e&#lora el escenario% se mue e #or el 'on"o% arri(a encontran"o a )osh "ormi"o en una cel"a* )OS+, Quin anda ah? Quin es? Quin anda ah? (Michael sostiene una linterna "e(a-o "e su (ar(illa iluminan"o su #ro#io rostro* MIC+AEL, Por qu yo? )OS+, Qu es esto? Qu es esto? MIC+AEL, Solamos jugar baloncesto juntos. Eras increble en la cancha. Eras imparable. )OS+, Supervivencia del m s !uerte" amigo. MIC+AEL, # eso que eras novato. Pudiste ser capit n del equipo en tu $ltimo a%o. Por qu me mataste? &unca te hice da%o. )OS+, Era m s divertido que matar a tipos en un videojuego (La linterna "e Michael se a#aga. .atie encien"e la su/a* .ATIE, Por qu yo 'osh? )OS+, Por qu no? El mundo est s$per poblado. Quera cumplir mi parte. .ATIE( Pero yo te gustaba. )OS+, )o pasado" pasado. .ATIE, Por qu tenas que matarme? )OS+( *Porque tena ganas" de acuerdo+ Satis!echa? (La linterna "e .atie se a#aga. Matt encien"e la su/a* MATT, 01or 2u$ /o3 )OS+, 04u$ es esto3 MATT, 01or 2u$ /o3 ni si2uiera te conoc5a )OS+, Esta(as en el lugar e2ui oca"o% en el momento e2ui oca"o (La linterna "e Matt se a#aga. )essie encien"e la su/a* )ESSIE, 01or 2u$ /o3 )OS+, 01or 2u$ no3 To"os tienen 2ue morir alg6n "5a. Mas ale en'rentarse a la er"a" "e una e! (La linterna "e )essie se a#aga. )osh se recuesta en su cama so(re su es#al"a. Emil/ se inclina so(re $l% sostiene la linterna (a-o su (ar(illa. )osh se le anta sor#ren"i"o* EMIL7, 01or 2u$ /o )osh3 8i 5amos en la misma calle. Sol5amos hacer #asteles "e (arro -untos cuan"o $ramos #e2ue9os. Te ense9$ a hacer (ur(u-as con chicle. I(a a tus 'iestas "e cum#lea9os% tu i(as a las m5as. Cuan"o ten5amos once a9os% me "e-a(as -ugar a las guerrillas contigo / tus amigos #or2ue te gusta(a la 'orma en 2ue mor5a. (4ue los : muertos im#ro isen -ugar a las guerrillas usan"o sus "e"os como #istolas / hacien"o soni"os "e "is#aros. Corren en la oscuri"a"% sus linternas (uscan al enemigo. Cuan"o una lu! encuentra a un su-eto% "ice, ;(am% (am est<s muerto=. E entualmente Emil/ ;mata= a .atie / a Matt% ellos caen al suelo Michael le "is#ara a )essie 2uien cae al suelo. Michael / Emil/ se "is#aran al mismo tiem#o. Michael cae muerto% Emil/ hace una muerte "ram<tica* EMIL7, (En el suelo* es#ero no ha(erte "ece#ciona"o en la ca'eter5a esta ma9ana. Es#ero

ha(er muerto "e la manera 2ue t6 "eseaste% )osh. )OS+, >o ten5as 2ue caer so(re m5 / llenarme "e sangre. EMIL7, 04uieres erlo otra e!3 An"a? "is#<rame otra e!. ()osh simula "is#ararle. Ella muere otra e! "e manera "ram<tica* )OS+, Me encanta esa sensaci@n ACTOR A, La amas ACTOR B, La ans5as ACTOR :, La necesitas ACTOR A, De(es tener una #istola en tu mano (se re#ite a coro la #ala(ra Mano* )OS+, siem#re 2uise ser un sol"a"o aterri!an"o en terreno enemigo% siem#re / cuan"o #u"iera sostener un C ACTOR B, #istola "e ca#it<n ACTOR :, #istola "e agua ACTOR A, #istola "e aire ACTOR B, #istola "e #ostas )OS+, una DA mil5metros ACTOR A, AA ACTOR B, EF ACTOR :, B: )OS+, una #istola te hace sentir i o (Se re#ite a coro ; i o=* ACTOR A, Res#eta"o ACTOR B, GCui"a"oH ACTOR :, GMu$ eteH )OS+, >a"ie #ue"e tocarte ACTOR A, Cuan"o tienes un arma? )OS+, >a"ie se (urla "e ti ACTOR B, Cuan"o tienes un arma? )OS+, 1ue"es li"iar con 2uien sea ACTOR :, 4uien sea ACTOR A, El me-or lucha"or ACTOR B, To"o el e2ui#o "e lucha"ores ACTOR :, Los ti#os malos ACTOR A, Los #an"illeros )OS+, Cuan"o tienes una #istola% la gente ha(la ama(lemente ACTOR B, Cuan"o tienes un arma? )OS+, Las #ersonas te en como un 8 .I. 1. Se re#ite a coro ;8. I. 1=* ACTOR :, Si alguien choca contigo% "icen ;#er"one= )OS+, Caminas "i'erente ACTOR A, Cuan"o tienes un arma? )OS+, +a(las "i'erente ACTOR B, Cuan"o tienes un arma? )OS+, 1iensas "i'erente

ACTOR :, Cuan"o tienes un arma? )OS+, Es tan genial ACTOR A, Cuan"o tienes un arma? (Se re#ite a coro ;arma=* ACTOR B, Es un Die! ACTOR :, GCanastaH ACTOR A, Ggola!o #or la escua"raH ACTOR :, +o/o en uno (Se re#ite a coro ;uno=* )OS+, GMe encanta la #osici@n militarH ACTOR A, >o tienes o#ortuni"a" ACTOR B, GRes#etoH ACTOR :, GCui"a"oH ACTOR A, GMu$ eteH ACTOR B, 1ue"es ser 2uien 2uieras ser )OS+, 1or2ue un arma en tu mano es como un "octora"o (luces so(re los actores D / E como los #a"res "e )osh. Los "em<s "i'untos iluminan con sus linternas a los #a"res con'orme entran* ACTOR E (MAMI DE )OS+*, )osh% "e ninguna manera te com#raremos un ri'le )OS+, Mam<% 01o"r5as escucharme3 ACTOR D (1A1I DE )OS+*, 1rimero ten5as 2ue tener tu com#uta"ora% "es#u$s% to"os los i"eo-uegos 2ue e&isten% "es#u$s un or"ena"or #ort<til? )OS+, 1ara el cole% #a#< ACTOR E (MAMI DE )OS+*, Des#u$s un tel$'ono m@ il% un locali!a"or / las !a#atillas "e marca m<s caras "el merca"o ca"a tres meses? ACTOR D (1A1I DE )OS+*, Ten5as 2ue tener ca"a CD 2ue escucha(as en el m#E ACTOR E (MAMI DE )OS+*, Una so'istica"a (icicleta "e monta9a 2ue usaste s@lo tres eces ACTOR D (1A1I DE )OS+*, Una ta(la #ara es2uiar 2ue nunca has utili!a"o. 7 ahora? 0un ri'le3 1or 'a or. )OS+, El a(uelo 2uiere lle arme "e cacer5a ACTOR E (MAMI DE )OS+*, Esto/ totalmente en contra )OS+, El a(uelo ca!a. 0Te o#ones a lo 2ue tu #a"re hace3 ACTOR D (1A1I DE )OS+*, Claro 2ue no )OS+, Entonces me com#rar<s el ri'le% 0 er"a"3 ACTOR E (MAMI DE )OS+*, 4uisiera 2ue estu ieras tan interesa"o #or tus cali'icaciones como #or el ri'le )OS+, Est<s cam(ian"o el tema ACTOR D (1A1I DE )OS+*, Tienes un alto coe'iciente. 1ue"es cam(iar tus nue es / tus ochos #or "ieces. )OS+, 04uieres "e-arme en #a! con mis cali'icaciones3 ACTOR E (MAMI DE )OS+*, Tal e! #ensar5amos "istinto si "ieras to"o "e ti )OS+, De acuer"o. Consegui"me mi ri'le / /o traer$ (uenas cali'icaciones en la #r@&ima (oleta "e cali'icaciones. 08ale3 ACTOR E (MAMI DE )OS+*, +a(laremos "e tu ri'le cuan"o eamos las cali'icaciones )OS+, >i si2uiera con'5as en m5 ACTOR E (MAMI DE )OS+*, )osh% tu sa(es 2ue eso no es cierto )OS+, Si con'5as en mi% entonces cons5gueme mi ri'le ahora

ACTOR D (1A1I DE )OS+*, Cuan"o tengas (uenas cali'icaciones ha(laremos )OS+, La tem#ora"a "e ca!a ha(r< termina"o #ara cuan"o salga el #r@&imo (olet5n "e notas. GEntonces ten"r$ 2ue es#erar otro a9o com#letoH Correcci@n hasta a2u5 ACTOR D (1A1I DE )OS+*, Tienes 2ue a#ren"er a tener #aciencia )OS+, La cacer5a ense9a #aciencia. El a(uelo lo "i-o. 01ero $l 2u$ a a sa(er3 S@lo es tu #a"re. Lo 6nico 2ue 2uiero es #asar un tiem#o con el a(uelo / escuchar sus historias acerca "e c@mo creci@. A#ren"er un #oco "e res#onsa(ili"a". A#ren"er res#eto hacia las armas "e 'uego. 0Eso es malo3 ACTOR D (1A1I DE )OS+*, no es malo% )osh. Es s@lo 2ue no nos sentimos c@mo"os con las armas )OS+, Si /o 2uisiera% #o"r5a conseguir un arma en la escuela #or :J "@lares ACTOR E (MAMI DE )OS+*, 0C@mo3 )OS+, K<cil. Cono!co a un cha o 2ue le ro(@ la #istola a su #a#<. 1ero no la com#rar5a #or2ue s$ 2ue eso est< mal. 0Es esto lo 2ue o(tengo #or ser honesto3 ACTOR E (MAMI DE )OS+*, Tal e! su honesti"a" mere!ca el ri'le como recom#ensa ACTOR D (1A1I DE )OS+*, Tal e! "e(er5as recor"ar to"os los (errinches 2ue hace )osh ACTOR E (MAMI DE )OS+*, 04u$ #as@ con la guitarra el$ctrica 2ue le com#raste cuan"o se tir@ al suelo3 ACTOR D (1A1I DE )OS+*, al menos esa e! "emostr@ inter$s en la m6sica ACTOR E (MAMI DE )OS+*, S5 claro% / ahora la tiene arrum(a"a en el cl@set (Los actores D / E se ale-an "iscutien"o* )OS+, Di i"e / encer<s. Siem#re 'unciona. As5 2ue no me cul#en. Cul#en a mis #a"res 0"e acuer"o3 Ellos no ten5an #or2ue com#rarme el ri'le EMIL7, A6n no contestas mi #regunta. 01or 2u$ /o3 01or 2u$ me mataste3 )OS+, Es como una ecuaci@n matem<tica. Mi ri'le ten5a cinco (alas. Cinco (alas% cinco #ersonas. 1er'ecto MIC+AEL, La (ala 2ue me mat@% atra es@ tam(i$n los cora!ones "e mis #a"res. .ATIE, Atra es@ los cora!ones "e mis hermanos / hermanas MATT, Atra es@ los cora!ones "e mis amigos )ESSIE, Atra es@ los cora!ones "e los #a"res 2ue en 5an a sus hi-os a la escuela EMIL7, S@lo cinco (alas hirieron a cientos MIC+AEL, Miles .ATIE, +eri"as 2ue sangran MATT, +eri"as 2ue se lamentan )ESSIE, +eri"as 2ue nunca sanar<n EMIL7, +eri"as 2ue son mu/ reales TODOS, GMilesH )OS+, GAl$-enseH ()osh se recuesta otra e! #ara "ormir "e nue o. Emil/ le 2uita la s<(ana* EMIL7, Esa no es una (uena res#uesta% )osh MIC+AEL, 7 eso no es -usto .ATIE, >o es -usto MATT, >a"a -usto

)ESSIE, El hecho "e 2ue nuestros cuer#os "escansen en ata6"es EMIL7, Mientras 2ue t6 a6n res#iras )OS+, Miren el la"o #ositi o, est<n en un lugar c@mo"o / no tienen 2ue #agar al2uiler MIC+AEL, >o es -usto .ATIE, >o es -usto MATT, >o es na"a -usto )ESSIE, 4ue estemos (a-o tierra? EMIL7, 7 2ue a ti no te im#orte )OS+, 0Sa(en lo 2ue no es -usto3 Un ti#o salt@ so(re m5 antes "e 2ue #u"iera cargar la #istola otra e!. 1u"e ha(er elimina"o a muchos m<s cuer#os / hecho historia MIC+AEL, 4ueremos una res#uesta m<s con incente% )osh. 01or 2u$3 01or 2u$ nos mataste3 )OS+, Kue "i erti"o (Los "i'untos 'orman un c5rculo / em#u-an a )osh como si se estu ieran #asan"o un (al@n* .ATIE, Tu mente no es 'uerte MATT, Siem#re estaremos contigo )ESSIE, De una? EMIL7, U otra manera MIC+AEL, En tu cara .ATIE, De(a-o "e tu #iel MATT, +asta 2ue nos "igas #or2ue )ESSIE, 01or 2u$3 EMIL7, 01or 2u$ nos mataste3 )OS+, GD$-enmeH MIC+AEL, 8amos a a(rirte .ATIE, Disecarte como a una rana MATT, Sacarte el cora!@n )ESSIE, S@lo #ara em#e!ar. MIC+AEL, +asta 2ue nos "igas #or2ue EMIL7, 01or 2u$3 MIC+AEL, 01or 2u$ /o3 .ATIE, 01or 2u$ alguien3 MATT, 01or 2u$3 )ESSIE, 01or 2u$3 EMIL7, 01or 2u$ nos mataste3 )OS+, 1or2ue no ha(5a na"a 2ue er en la tele isi@n MIC+AEL, +aremos to"o lo 2ue sea necesario esta noche .ATIE, Lo 2ue sea necesario MATT, 1ara a(rir tu cascar@n )ESSIE, +asta 2ue i an un in'ierno EMIL7, Sin amor MIC+AEL, Sin "ecencia .ATIE, Sin con'ort MATT, Un ni9o en una -aula )ESSIE, En un !ool@gico en el 2ue no enca-es EMIL7, +asta 2ue te li(eren

MIC+AEL, +asta 2ue est$s humilla"o .ATIE, "eshecho MATT, Un anciano amarga"o )ESSIE, Lleno "e cicatrices MIC+AEL, Cicatrices en cuer#o / mente .ATIE, Sin amigos MATT, Sin es#eran!a )ESSIE, Des2uicia"o EMIL7, Sin alma )OS+, (Rien"o* Alg6n a(oga"o me li(erar< MIC+AEL, Si so(re i es )OS+, 0So(re i ir a 2u$3 CO>8ICTO, O/e% chico malo )OS+, 0Me ha(las a m53 Mi nom(re es )osh 0Cu<l es el tu/o3 CO>8ICTO, 0Eres el ti#o 2ue elimin@ a siete #ersonas3 )OS+, Si ese ti#o no se me hu(iera echa"o encima hu(iera teni"o su'icientes (alas #ara ha(er mata"o a un ciento m<s% hu(iera hecho historia CO>8ICTO, Ma9ana eremos 2ue tan malo eres )OS+, 0A 2u$ te re'ieres3 CO>8ICTO, 7a er<s a lo 2ue me re'iero% chico malo )OS+, (A s5 mismo* 8a/a MIC+AEL, 0Sientes 2ue tu cel"a se encoge3 .ATIE, 04u$ las #are"es te encierran3 MATT, 0A#resan"o tus i"eas3 )ESSIE, 0A#lastan"o tu cere(ro3 EMIL7, 08ol i$n"ote loco3 MIC+AEL, Desear<s estar muerto .ATIE, Tu ata6" ser< "e L #os F #ulga"as MATT, >a"ie te escuchar< )ESSIE, Cuan"o grites / llores EMIL7, 01or 2u$3 01or 2u$3 01or 2u$ nos mataste3 )OS+, >o #ue"en lastimarme. To"os est<n muertos MIC+AEL, >ecesitamos algunas res#uestas% )osh .ATIE, 4ueremos algunas res#uestas esta noche% )osh MATT, 4ueremos la er"a" )ESSIE, To"a la er"a" EMIL7, >a"a m<s 2ue la er"a" )OS+, Como "i-o el #olic5a% tengo "erecho a guar"ar silencio. To"o lo 2ue "iga #ue"e ser usa"o en mi contra en la corte (Rui"o "e tam(or acelera"o. Los "i'untos con ierten una ca-a en los asientos "e los -ura"os. El actor A se #ara "etr<s "e la ca-a / la gol#ea. MComo la escena "e la corte es una 'antas5a% "e(e hacerse r<#i"amente% sin #ausas% #ara 2ue la #esa"illa "e )osh acerca "el -uicio sea cuesti@n "e segun"osN* ACTOR A, (Como -ue!* La corte escuchar< la intro"ucci@n "el a(oga"o acusa"or ACTOR B (A(oga"o acusa"or* Su se9or5a% "amas / ca(alleros "el -ura"o, ha/ siete ca"< eres. Docenas "e testigos, 04u$ ha/ 2ue "iscutir3

ACTOR A, (Como -ura"o* La corte escuchar< ahora la inter enci@n "el a(oga"o "e'ensor ACTOR D, (Como a(oga"o "e'ensor* )osh era un (uen estu"iante% un chico #o#ular% un (uen hi-o. S@lo ha/ una e&#licaci@n? locura tem#oral ACTOR B, (A(oga"o acusa"or* GLlamo a los testigosH ACTOR E (Testigo* )osh le arranc@ las alas a una mari#osa cuan"o ten5a cinco a9os / lo #eg@ en una ho-a "e la clase "e ingl$s ACTOR A, (Como -ue!* La corte escuchar< ahora las "eclaraciones 'inales ACTOR B, (A(oga"o acusa"or* Como /o lo eo% el -ura"o tiene una "ecisi@n "i'5cil 2ue tomar, la silla el$ctrica o la in/ecci@n letal ACTOR D, (Como a(oga"o "e'ensor* Damas / ca(alleros "el -ura"o% $l es s@lo un ni9o. Los e&horto a colocar a )osh en un hos#ital #si2ui<trico )OS+, >o esto/ loco s@lo #or2ue mis #a"res me lle aron a er a un #si2uiatra. GSa(5a lo 2ue hac5aH ACTOR A, ()ue!* Damas / ca(alleros "el -ura"o. 0Tienen el ere"icto3 ACTOR :, (Mu-er -ura"o* Lo tenemos% su se9or5a. Ca"ena #er#et6a sin #osi(ili"a"es? )OS+, 01osi(ili"a" "e 2u$3 ACTOR :, (Mu-er -ura"o* Sin #osi(ili"a"es "e na"a (ueno (Las luces se a#agan. El coro sale. Los "i'untos / )osh se 2ue"an* MIC+AEL, >unca reali!ar<s tus sue9os .ATIE, >unca #lanear<s en el cielo MATT, >unca ir<s a Australia )ESSIE, >unca e&#lorar<s la (oca "e un olc<n EMIL7, >unca #ilotear<s un helic@#tero MIC+AEL, >unca ser<s un comentarista "e "e#ortes .ATIE, >unca m<s es2uiar<s MATT, >unca sur'ear<s )ESSIE, >unca conocer<s a #ersonas en el Internet EMIL7, >unca sa(r<s lo 2ue #u"iste llegar a ser? MIC+AEL, +echo? .ATIE, 8isto? MATT, Teni"o? )ESIE, Conoci"o? EMIL7, Ser ama"o MIC+AEL, Ahora nunca conocer<s to"a la 'elici"a" 2ue te es#era(a .ATIE, 1ero te #reguntar<s. MATT, 7 las #reguntas te corroer<n )ESSIE, En el "esa/uno EMIL7, En la comi"a MIC+AEL, En la cena .ATIE, Mientras to"os tus sue9os se (urlan "e ti? MATT, Se (urlan "e ti? )ESSIE, Se (urlan "e ti EMIL7, Se (urlan "e ti a tra $s "e las (arras "e tu cel"a (La ca-a se con ierte en cama "e nue o. )osh se recuesta #ara "ormir so(re la s<(ana* )OS+, 0A 2ui$n le im#orta3 To"o esto "esa#arecer< "e mis antece"entes cuan"o tenga "ieciocho. Tal e! estar$ 'uera "e a2u5 a los eintiuno. Uste"es son s@lo una #esa"illa.

EMIL7, A eces las #esa"illas se uel en reali"a" (Los "i'untos en uel en a )osh en la s<(ana% lo le antan% / con ierten la ca-a en un ata6". Lo intro"ucen a la ca-a% la cierran. Escuchamos a )osh #atean"o / gritan"o a"entro. Tum(an la ca-a hacia un la"o "e-an"o salir a )osh 2uien grita / se agita. Mira a los "i'untos con un nue o res#eto* MIC+AEL, As5 es "e(a-o "e la tierra .ATIE, En la oscuri"a" MATT, Solo )ESSIE, En silencio EMIL7, Realmente necesitamos res#uestas% )osh )OS+, 0Res#uestas a 2u$3 MIC+AEL, 0En 2u$ esta(as #ensan"o3 .ATIE, 02u$ ha(5a en tu cora!@n3 MATT, 01or 2u$ sonre5as cuan"o nos mataste3 )OS+, S@lo so/ un chico amiga(le )ESSIE, 0>o te sentiste mal3 EMIL7, 01ensaste en el cier o cuan"o me mataste3 ()osh est< sor#ren"i"o #ues ellos sa(en "e su e&#eriencia en la cacer5a. El tono "e su o! cam(ia. )osh se siente ulnera(le #or2ue ellos conocen su mente* )OS+, 0Cu<l cier o3 (Los "i'untos toman la ca-a / la #onen en otro lugar* MIC+AEL, T6 sa(es cual cier o .ATIE, La #rimera e! 2ue 'uiste "e cacer5a MATT, Con tu a(uelo )OS+, 0C@mo sa(en eso3 )ESSIE, Sa(emos to"o "e ti EMIL7, To"os tus #ensamientos MIC+AEL, Sentimientos .ATIE, Memorias MATT, Sue9os )ESSIE, Conocemos to"os tus m<s #ro'un"os / oscuros #ensamientos )OS+, 0C@mo3 0C@mo #ue"en sa(er to"o eso3 EMIL7, To"os estamos en tu ca(e!a )OS+, G1s52uicosH D5ganme algo acerca "e ese "5a. D5ganme algo 2ue ha/a "icho el a(uelo MIC+AEL, S@lo tu / tu a(uelo en su ie-a camioneta ro-a (El actor D% como el a(uelo% se sienta a un la"o "e )osh so(re la ca-a% 2ue ahora es una camioneta* ACTOR D (COMO EL ABUELO*, Res#eta a los animales. >o les "is#ares a menos 2ue est$s seguro. +a!lo r<#i"o / con lim#ie!a. De otra 'orma% el animal su'rir< )OS+, WoO. .ATIE, To"os los caminos lle an a Roma )ESSIE, Am(os saltan "e emoci@n. >o #ue"es es#erar #ara "is#arar tu nue o ri'le )OS+, Esto/ cargan"o mi ri'le MIC+AEL, El a(uelo estaciona la camioneta. Am(os es#eran ah5. Es#eran"o 2ue sean las L "e la ma9ana

.ATIE, Es#eran"o #ara #o"er "is#arar con tu nue o ri'le ACTOR D (COMO EL ABUELO*, 8er<s ni9o% al 'inal "el "5a ser<s to"o un hom(re .ATIE, El a(uelo te "a una #alma"a en la es#al"a MATT, Am(os se encaminan hacia el (os2ue )ESSIE, 8en a otros ca!a"ores EMIL7, To"os son a"ultos con ri'les ACTOR D (COMO EL ABUELO*, Ahora es#era a2u5. Mantente 'irme. 7o traer$ las #resas hacia ti. MIC+AEL, Es#eraste "os horas ()osh se sienta en el suelo* .ATIE, +oras en un 'r5o tronco cu(ierto "e musgo MATT, Desean"o estar en tu cali"a cama )ESSIE, Desean"o ha(er comi"o la a ena 2ue tu ma"re te su#lic@ 2ue comieras EMIL7, Tu nari! se a"ormeci@ MIC+AEL, Tus "e"os se a"ormecieron .ATIE, Los "e"os "e tus #ies se a"ormecieron MATT, 7 tu iste un #ensamiento #ro'un"o, )OS+, Ca!ar a#esta )ESSIE, Em#e!aste a "ormitar EMIL7, Dormitar #or cinco% "ie!% 2uince minutos MIC+AEL, Algo te "es#ierta .ATIE, El cru-ir "e ho-as secas MATT, >o te mue es )ESSIE, El soni"o se escucha m<s cerca EMIL7, 7 entonces lo es MIC+AEL, Un cier o .ATIE, A las ocho en #unto )OS+, Como en un sue9o. Sor#ren"ente MATT, Magn5'ico )ESSIE, Kuer!a EMIL7, Orgullo MIC+AEL, 1enetrante .ATIE, Ol i"as 2ue est<s "e cacer5a MATT, Te "e-as lle ar #or su (elle!a )ESSIE, Totalmente so(recogi"o #or su (elle!a EMIL7, Su cali"o aliento 'orman"o 'antasmas en el aire 'r5o MIC+AEL, 7 "es#u$s recor"aste el ri'le en tu mano .ATIE, Recor"aste la ra!@n #or la 2ue esta(as ah5 MATT, 1ara matar )ESSIE, Matar la magni'icencia? EMIL7, Matar lo 'uerte? MIC+AEL, Matar lo orgulloso? .ATIE, Matar al #enetrante cier o MATT, El tiem#o ha llega"o )ESSIE, Tiem#o "e ser hom(re EMIL7, 1ero en lo #ro'un"o "e tu ser no sa(es si ser<s ca#a! "e a#retar el gatillo

MIC+AEL, 1ero tienes 2ue regresar a casa como un hom(re .ATIE, O seguir sien"o un ni9o 2ue -uega a Bang% Bang est<s muerto )OS+, El cier o me mira. Siento escalo'r5os MATT, Escuchas el latir "e tu cora!@n )ESSIE, Le antas tu ri'le ()osh simula tener un ri'le. >I>PQ> ARMA DE >I>PQ> TI1O DEBE A1ARECER E> ESTA OBRA* EMIL7, >o #ue"es en'ocar al cier o en la mirilla? MIC+AEL, 1or2ue tus manos tiem(lan .ATIE, Aguantas la res#iraci@n MATT, A#untas (a-o el hom(ro "el cier o )ESSIE, +a llega"o el momento "e la er"a" EMIL7, 1ero este cier o es "emasia"o (ello como #ara matarlo MIC+AEL, As5 2ue haces "e tu cara una m<scara .ATIE, Una m<scara 2ue oculte tu rostro MATT, Un rostro 2ue oculta el "olor )ESSIE, Un "olor 2ue carcome tu cora!@n EMIL7, un cora!@n 2ue na"ie conoce MIC+AEL, GA#rietas el gatilloH G>a"a suce"eH .ATIE, GA6n tiene el seguroH MATT, GEntras en #<nicoH )ESSIE, Le 2uitas el seguro EMIL7, El cier o se oltea / corre como el iento MIC+AEL, A#untas? TODOS LOS DIKU>TOS, GBAMH (En ca"a ;BAM= se escucha un 'uerte gol#e "e tam(or* .ATIE, GKallas en el #rimer tiroH TODOS LOS DIKU>TOS, GBAMH MATT, GKallas en el segun"o tiroH TODOS LOS DIKU>TOS, GBAMH )ESSIE, GKallas en el tercer tiroH TODOS LOS DIKU>TOS, GBAMH EMIL7, GKallas en el cuarto tiroH MIC+AEL, Tomas #osici@n so(re una ro"illa .ATIE, Miras el #ela-e "el cier o MATT, Tan hermoso )ESSIE, Tan magni'icente EMIL7, Orgulloso MIC+AEL, Kuerte .ATIE, To"o lo 2ue 2uieres ser MATT, 1ero el cier o "e(e morir #ara 2ue tu seas un hom(re )ESSIE, Tiene 2ue sangrar EMIL7, Tiene 2ue caer MIC+AEL, Tiene 2ue morir .ATIE, 1ara 2ue t6 #ue"as ser un hom(re TODOS LOS DIKU>TOS, GBAMH

(Soni"o "e tam(or 'inal* MATT, GEl cier o caeH )OS+, GPenialH )ESSIE, Lloras a la e! 2ue miras el cam#o EMIL7, Tu mira"a se cru!an los "el animal MIC+AEL, 8es 2uien sol5as ser? (Pol#e "e "es#recio* .ATIE, Lleno "e mie"o? MATT, Sin es#eran!a )ESSIE, Su #echo se tironea mientras su sangre (rota como catsu#? EMIL7, 1atalea como si corriera #or el aire MIC+AEL, 7 #ro"uce un "oloroso soni"o 2ue te hace su'rir? .ATIE, Un llanto 2ue #o"r5a ser casi humano )OS+, Oh% Dios MATT, Desear5as 2ue to"o 'uera un -uego )ESSIE, Un -uego EMIL7, Un -uego "e i"eo MIC+AEL, S@lo resetearlo .ATIE, 7 comen!ar "e nue o MATT, Comen!ar "e nue o )ESSIE, +acer to"o "e nue o EMIL7, 1or2ue lastima er un? MIC+AEL, +ermoso? .ATIE, Magni'icente? MATT, Orgulloso? )ESSIE, Al #enetrante cier o murien"o en el suelo EMIL7, O(ser as como se le esca#a la i"a MIC+AEL, La sangre (rota como catsu# .ATIE, 7 "esear5as corregirlo MATT, Sacar la (ala )ESSIE, Meter la sangre EMIL7, Restaurar la ma-estuosi"a" "el cier o MIC+AEL, De ol erle su orgullo .ATIE, Regresarle su 'uer!a MATT, +acerlo #enetrante una e! m<s )ESSIE, De-arle ser lo 2ue es / 2ue corra como el iento )OS+, 1ens$ 2ue ser5a "i erti"o. >o sa(5a 2ue ser5a as5. 1or 'a or no mueras EMIL7, Tu cier o e&hala su 6ltimo aliento? casi lloras MIC+AEL, 1ero escuchas el soni"o "e (otas #isan"o las ho-as secas .ATIE, El a(uelo se acerca casi sin aliento MATT, Mira tu cier o muerto )ESSIE, 7 $l te mira como nunca na"ie te ha mira"o EMIL7, Como un hom(re MIC+AEL, Como lo #rometieron .ATIE, Un hom(re #ara el 'inal "el "5a MATT, El a(uelo saca una c<mara

ACTOR D (COMO E LABUELO*, 8amos )osh. 0>o #ue"es sonre5r en tu momento "e gloria3 )ESSIE, De-as "e llorar EMIL7, 7 #osas #ara la 'otogra'5a MIC+AEL, +aces "e tu cara un m<scara .ATIE, Una m<scara 2ue oculte tu rostro MATT, Un rostro 2ue oculta el "olor )ESSIE, Un "olor 2ue carcome tu cora!@n EMIL7, Un cora!@n 2ue na"ie conoce (El actor D% como el a(uelo% toma una 'otogra'5a / se la ense9a a )osh* MIC+AEL, Ahora tienes #rue(as "e 2uien eres )ESSIE, Lle as la 'otogra'5a a "on"e 2uiera 2ue as (Los "i'untos lle an la ca-a a su #osici@n original* EMIL7, 4uieres 2ue to"o el mun"o te ea a ti / a tu cier o .ATIE, Te mueres #or contar la historia MATT, L a historia "e c@mo lo eliminaste )ESSIE, De c@mo tomaste su magni'icencia EMIL7, Tomaste su orgullo .ATIE, Tomaste su 'uer!a MATT, 7 la hiciste #arte "e ti )ESSIE, 1arte "e tu m<scara EMIL7, El ni9o 2ue na"ie conoce (Iluminan a .atie escri(ien"o en un cua"erno. Entra )osh* )OS+, G+ola% .atieH .ATIE, G+olaH )OS+, 0Escri(ien"o lo tu/o #ara tu "iscurso3 (Ella uel e a su tra(a-o* A"i ina so(re lo 2ue escri(5 (Le muestra la 'otogra'5a* El cier o 2ue mat$ la semana #asa"a. Dios% 'ue tan genial. 0De 2u$ trata el tu/o3 .ATIE, C@mo terminar una relaci@n con alguien )OS+, 0C@mo "ice3 .ATIE, Toma #or e-em#lo 2ue tu no io te "iga 2ue se encontrar<n en el cine #ara er una #el5cula -untos% #ero en lugar "e eso $l se a "e cacer5a )OS+, 8amos .atie.% #o"emos ir este 'in "e semana .ATIE, Creo 2ue no "e(emos seguir i$n"onos )OS+, 0>o #ue"es "arme otra o#ortuni"a"3 .ATIE, Me gusta alguien m<s )OS+, 04ui$n3 .ATIE, 01or 2u$ te im#orta3 )OS+, S@lo "ime 2uien .ATIE, 04u$ im#orta3 )OS+, A mi me im#orta .ATIE, Aun2ue no lo creas ha/ #ersonas 2ue no me toman a la ligera (Michael entra* MIC+AEL, Lamento llegar tar"e. G+ola )oshH )OS+, 0Rl3 0Es $l3 G1ens$ 2ue $ramos amigosH MIC+AEL, Lo somos )OS+, Un amigo 2ue se mete con mi chica

.ATIE, >o so/ tu/a MIC+AEL, >a"ie se est< entrometien"o% )osh .ATIE, 01o"emos irnos /a% #or 'a or3 ()osh em#u-a a Michael 2uien le regresa el em#u-@n / "e un gol#e )osh cae al suelo SE ESCUC+A> RISAS. .atie / Michael salen toma"os "e la mano. Luces so(re )osh. Se escuchan oces en la oscuri"a". Se escucha un constante gol#eteo "el tam(or #or "e(a-o "e los SUSURROes* ACTOR DSSUSURRA>DO, 0Su#iste lo "e )osh3 ACTOR ASSUSURRA>DO, >o 04u$ #as@3 ACTOR ESSUSURRA>DO, Mat@ a un ca(r5o ACTOR BSSUSURRA>DO, Con ra!@n camina cre/$n"ose la gran cosa ACTOR :SSUSURRA>DO, >o m<s ACTOR DSSUSURRA>DO, 04u$ #as@3 ACTOR ASSUSURRA>DO, .atie lo "e-@ #or Michael ACTOR ESSUSURRA>DO, G8a/aH 07 c@mo lo tom@3 ACTOR BSSUSURRA>DO, Como si no le im#ortara (4ue los siguientes SUSURROes se escuchen uno so(re otro, Comien!a actor :, ;me #regunto?= Actor A, ;04u$3= Actor A, ;04u$3= / as5 contin6an hasta 2ue se "iga la 'rase ;4ue tonto=* ACTOR :SSUSURRA>DO, Me #regunto si realmente mat@ al ca(r5o ACTOR DSSUSURRA>DO, 04u$3 0Rl no le "is#ar@ al ca(r5o3 ACTOR ASSUSURRA>DO, 04u$3 0La 'otogra'5a es 'alsa3 ACTOR ESSUSURRA>DO, 04u$ es 'also3 ACTOR BSSUSURRA>DO, GLa 'otogra'5aH ACTOR :SSUSURRA>DO, 0)osh nunca le "is#ar@ al ca(r5o3 ACTOR DSSUSURRA>DO, Creo 2ue le "is#ar@ a un toro ACTOR ASSUSURRA>DO, G4ue tontoH (Las oces en la oscuri"a" "e (urlan* )OS+, To"os los chicos "e la escuela se (urlan "e m5 MIC+AEL, +aces "e tu cara un m<scara .ATIE, Una m<scara 2ue oculte tu rostro MATT, Un rostro 2ue oculta el "olor )ESSIE, Un "olor 2ue carcome tu cora!@n EMIL7, Un cora!@n 2ue na"ie conoce (Las oces en la oscuri"a" "e (urlan* )OS+, El 2ue r5e "e 6ltimo% r5e me-or (To"os r5en. )osh simula cargar un ri'le% a#unta a los 2ue se r5en% "is#ara tres eces% ca"a "is#aro se escucha como un gol#e "e tam(or 'uera "e ritmo. Las risas se "etienen a(ru#tamente "es#u$s "el tercer "is#aro. Los "i'untos iluminan a )osh con sus linternas. Pol#e "e tam(or* MIC+AEL, 0A 2ui$n est<s matan"o% )osh3 )OS+, 08es a alguien sangran"o3 .ATIE, 0A 2ui$n est<s matan"o en tu mente3 )OS+, A na"ie. A alguien. A to"os. MATT, 0Se te ator@ la #el5cula otra e!3 )OS+, 04u$ #el5cula3 )ESSIE, Tu #el5cula 'a orita

)OS+, 0C@mo #o"r5as sa(er cu<l es mi #el5cula 'a orita3 EMIL7, La #el5cula 2ue hace "esa#arecer el "olor )OS+, 0C@mo a3 MIC+AEL, El chico uel e a la escuela con un re @l er )OS+, 073 .ATIE, Les uela la ca(e!a a to"os los 2ue se (urlaron "e $l el "5a anterior )OS+, GC<llateH MATT, Tam(i$n mata al maestro )OS+, GAl$-ate "e miH )ESSIE, 01or 2u$ "e-aste la clase "e gimnasia3 )OS+, Tal e! ten5a algo me-or 2ue hacer EMIL7, 0Esca(ullirte solo en el calle-@n ac5o3 MIC+AEL, 0Esca(ullirte en un sal@n ac5o3 ()osh usa una #are" como #i!arr@n. Simula escri(ir algo en $l con un #e"a!o "e ti!a* .ATIE, 04u$ escri(es en el #i!arr@n3 )OS+, (Dice mientras escri(e* ;To"os? en? este? sal@n? son? carne? muerta= MATT, 0Dis'rutas asustan"o a to"os3 )OS+, Es s@lo una (roma )ESSIE, E&ce#to 2ue na"ie esta rien"o )OS+, G7o s5H 7 /a na"ie se (urla EMIL7, 0Dis'rutas el 2ue la #olic5a enga a la escuela a in estigar3 )OS+, GM<s "e lo 2ue #ue"o e&#resarH (Corto tam(orileo. Una sirena "e #olic5a ilumina el escenario. )osh r5e* ACTOR : (COMO 1OLICTA*, Bien% 2uiero 2ue to"os se colo2uen 'rente a su casillero. 0Rste es tu casillero3 )OS+, S5% o'icial ACTOR : (COMO 1OLICTA*, 0Sa(es algo acerca "e lo 2ue esta(a escrito en el #i!arr@n3 )OS+, >o% o'icial ACTOR : (COMO 1OLICTA*, 0Est<s seguro3 )OS+, A'irmati o ACTOR : (COMO 1OLICTA*, 08iste a alguien entrar o salir "el sal@n3 )OS+, >o ACTOR : (COMO 1OLICTA*, 0"@n"e esta(as cuan"o esas #ala(ras 'ueron escritas en el #i!arr@n3 )OS+, Ten"r5a 2ue sa(er en 2ue momento 'ueron escritas las #ala(ras 0Cierto o'icial3 ACTOR : (COMO 1OLICTA*, A 5sanos si sa(es algo (Las luces iluminan a )osh mientras se escuchan risas. 8oces en la oscuri"a". Se escucha un tam(orileo #or "e(a-o "e los SUSURROes* ACTOR DSSUSURRO, El rector est< con ocan"o a to"os a una asam(lea ACTORADSSUSURRO, 01ara 2u$3 ACTOR ESSUSURRO, Tal e! /a "escu(rieron 2uien 'ue ACTOR :SSUSURRO, Eso es lo 2ue escuch$ ACTOR DSSUSURRO, >o lo s$? #ero el cul#a(le a a ser a(uchea"o en 'rente "e to"os / sus#en"i"o en ese mismo lugar )OS+, (Rien"o* 1rimero tienen 2ue encontrarlo ACTOR ASSUSURRO, De(er5an sacar to"as las armas (Los "i<logos se enciman unos so(re

otros "e nue o* ACTOR ESSUSURRO, 0Alguna e! escucharon acerca "el "erecho a #ortar armas3 ACTOR BSSUSURRO, 0C@mo se su#one 2ue estu"iaremos es2ui an"o (alas3 ACTOR :SSUSURRO, To"o es un enga9o ACTOR DSSUSURRO, 0Su#ieron lo 2ue #as@ en 1a"ucah3 ACTOR ASSUSURRO, 07 2ue ha/ acerca "e )ones(oro / S#ring'iel"3 ACTOR ESSUSURRO, 1o"r5a #asar en cual2uier la"o ACTOR BSSUSURRO, +a/ un asesino en ca"a escuela ACTOR :SSUSURRO, Los maestros "e(er5an #ortar armas ACTOR DSSUSURRO, S5% / to"os "e(er5amos #ortar chalecos antiU(alas ()osh se coloca en me"io "e los actores DUB / los "i'untos% 2uienes simulan estar #re#ar<n"ose #ara la entra"a "el Rector. Los "i'untos iluminan con sus linternas al Rector mientras $ste entra. Se escucha un nue o ritmo "e tam(or / "esa#arece* ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, (8arias eces* Mu/ (ien chicos% si$ntense? ACTOR ASSUSURRO, Est<s su"an"o )osh? )OS+, Est< mu/ caliente a2u5 "entro% 0De acuer"o3 ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, Alguien "entro "e este au"itorio escri(i@ unas #ala(ras mu/ #ertur(a"oras en un #i!arr@n. Tal e!% el 'antasma "el #i!arr@n% las escri(i@ en tono "e (urla% tal e! molesto. Sea cual sea la ra!@n? )OS+, GKantasma "el #i!arr@nH GMe encantaH ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, ?Si el cul#a(le se #resenta en mi o'icina este "5a% el castigo ser< m5nimo? ACTOR E, Tal e! sa(e 2ue eres tu% )osh )OS+, Si su#iera 2ue 'ui /o% no lo "ir5a "e esa manera ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, 1ero si "escu(rimos 2ui$n es? El castigo ser< mu/ se ero. Si sa(en 2ui$n es el 'antasma "el #i!arr@n / no nos lo "ice% es igual "e cul#a(le ACTOR, B, Te est< miran"o% )osh )OS+, 7 /o le hago una 'inta "e regreso MIC+AEL, +aces "e tu cara un m<scara .ATIE, Una m<scara 2ue oculte tu rostro MATT, Un rostro 2ue oculta el "olor )ESSIE, Un "olor 2ue carcome tu cora!@n EMIL7, Un cora!@n 2ue na"ie conoce (Las luces iluminan a )osh. Tam(orileo (a-o el soni"o "e los SUSURROes. 8oces en la oscuri"a". Los "i'untos se re6nen "etr<s "e )osh* ACTOR DSSUSURRO, 04ui$n #o"r< ser3 ACTOR ASSUSURRO, Creo 2ue es Ran"/ ACTOR ESSUSURRO, 0C@mo lo sa(es3 ACTOR BSSUSURRO, 1or la mira"a en sus o-os DIKU>TOS, 1a"ucahV )ones(oro% S#ring'iel" ()osh% "i'icultosamente% se ale-a% #ero "is'ruta "e los comentarios. Los "i'untos lo siguen* ACTOR :SSUSURRO, G>o tienen i"eaH ACTOR DSSUSURRO, 04ui$n #o"r< ser3 ACTOR ASSUSURRO, Cual2uiera en esta escuela ACTOR ESSUSURRO, Mis #a"res 2uieren 2ue me 2ue"e en casa hasta 2ue encuentren al

asesino ACTOR BSSUSURRO, 04u$ asesino3 >a"ie ha muerto DIKU>TOS, 1a"ucahV )ones(oro% S#ring'iel" ()osh se ale-a nue amente "e ellos. Los "i'untos uel en a seguirlo% #ero no tan "e cerca* ACTOR :SSUSURRO, Suertu"o. Desear5a 2ue mis #a"res #ensaran lo mismo (Los "i<logos se enciman unos so(re otros "e nue o. Crean"o intensi"a". )osh "is'ruta lo 2ue "icen% al 'in esca#a "e los "i'untos* ACTOR DSSUSURRO, To"os estamos es#eran"o 2ue una masacre ocurra ACTOR ASSUSURRO, >o "e(er5amos ha(lar "e eso ACTOR ESSUSURRO, 01or 2u$ no3 ACTOR BSSUSURRO, Tal e! #o"amos hacer 2ue suce"a si seguimos ha(lan"o "e eso ACTOR :SSUSURRO, >ecesitamos un #oco "e emoci@n #or a2u5 ACTOR DSSUSURRO, Eso es est6#i"o ACTOR ASSUSURRO, 1or lo 2ue a mi res#ecta% t6 eres el asesino ACTOR ESSUSURRO, S5 claro% tal e! eres t6 ACTOR BSSUSURRO, 04ui$n sa(e3 Este #ue"e ser el 6ltimo "5a "e mi i"a ACTOR :SSUSURRO, 7o creo 2ue es Melissa ACTOR DSSUSURRO, 01or 2u$ "ices eso3 ACTOR ASSUSURRO, Su casillero est< a un la"o "el sal@n ACTOR ESSUSURRO, Estu e con Melissa to"o el "5a ACTOR BSSUSURRO, Entonces% tal e! tu / Melissa lo hicieron -untos DIKU>TOS, 1a"ucahV )ones(oro% S#ring'iel" (1or "etr<s "e )osh% lo asustan* )OS+, Me encantar5a erlos retorcerse. El sus#enso me mata (Los "i'untos% e&ce#to #or .atie% se ale-an mientras las luces iluminan a .atie le/en"o un li(ro. )osh se uel e #ara erla* )OS+, G+ola% .atieH (.atie mira a )osh / uel e a lo su/o* )OS+, 0>o #ue"es salu"arme si2uiera3 .ATIE, +ola )OS+, 04u$ haces3 .ATIE, 0>o es o( io3 )OS+, 04uieres ir #or una #i!!a "es#u$s "e clases3 .ATIE, A Michael no le gustar5a eso )OS+, A "ecir er"a"% no #ensa(a in itarlo .ATIE, 0Me "iscul#as3 Esto/ ocu#a"a )OS+, 04ui$n crees 2ue sea3 .ATIE, 04ui$n3 )OS+, El 'antasma "el #i!arr@n .ATIE, >o tengo i"ea% #ero me hi!o un 'a or )OS+, 0C@mo3 .ATIE, La clase "e c<lculo 'ue sus#en"i"a #or la asam(lea. >o esta(a lista #ara el e&amen )OS+, 7o s$ 2uien es .ATIE, Dale las gracias #or mi )OS+, Lo har$ .ATIE, 04ui$n es3 )OS+, 1romet5 no "ecirlo

.ATIE, S@lo 'an'arroneas )OS+, 0Lo crees3 .ATIE, Lo s$. 0Con 2ui$n est< eno-a"o3 04ui$n a a ser carne muerta3 )OS+, >o me lo "i-o% #ero es como Santa Claus? est< hacien"o una lista / choc<n"ola "os eces .ATIE, 0Lista "e 2u$3 )OS+, >om(res #ara escri(irlos en las (alas. Ca"a (ala tiene el nom(re "e alguien .ATIE, 01or 2u$ ha(r5a "e con'iar en ti el 'antasma "el #i!arr@n3 )OS+, Somos amigos .ATIE, Est<s re#leto "e eso )OS+, 0Lo crees3 .ATIE, Lo s$ )OS+, Te e2ui ocas .ATIE, 04ui$n es3 )OS+, Lo #romet5 .ATIE, >o lo sa(es )OS+, 0>o lo "ir<s3 .ATIE, >o )OS+, 0Lo #rometes3 .ATIE, S5 )OS+, Ser<s la 6nica #ersona% a#arte "e m5% 2ue lo se#a .ATIE, 04ui$n es3 )OS+, Lo est<s ien"o (.atie se r5e / se a. El coro se (urla. )osh los en'renta* )OS+, 04ui$n se 2uiere re5r en mi cara3 (El coro guar"a silencio* Eso #ens$. +a/ un asesino en #otencia en la cuer"a 'lo-a. 04uieren sa(er 2ui$n es3 ()osh se oltea #ara er cara a cara al Rector* ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, 01ue"o ha(lar contigo en mi o'icina% )osh3 1asa% si$ntate )OS+, Pracias ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, 0+a/ algo 2ue 2uieras "ecirme3 )OS+, >o realmente ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, 0Est<s seguro3 )OS+, Oh% s5. 4ue (ien se le e el ca(ello ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, 0Algo m<s3 )OS+, Realmente es#eramos 2ue atra#en al loco 2ue escri(i@ eso en el #i!arr@n ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, 0En serio3 )OS+, To"os nos sentiremos me-or sa(ien"o 2ue estamos a sal o ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, De hecho% sa(emos 2ue tu eres el 'antasma "el #i!arr@n% )osh ()osh r5e* 04uieres con'esar3 )OS+, Esta(a en mi clase "e gimnasia ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, El instructor nos "i-o 2ue te tomaste un mu/ largo "escanso #ara (a9arte )OS+, >o #ue"en #ro(ar na"a ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, Tenemos un sos#echoso )OS+, 04ui$n3 ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, T6

)OS+, 04u$3 ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, Com#aramos la caligra'5a "el #i!arr@n con tu 6ltimo ensa9o "e ingl$s. Es i"$ntica )OS+, .atie% 0 er"a"3 0Kue .atie er"a"3 ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, 04uieres hacerlo m<s '<cil / con'esar3 )OS+, 01or 2u$ con'esar% si /o no hice na"a3 ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, Es tr<gico 2ue un -o en "es#er"icie su e"ucaci@n /% 0#ara 2u$3 1or una (roma in'antil. Sa(es acerca "e la tolerancia cero #ara la iolencia o el trata"o "e la iolencia. >o tengo m<s o#ci@n 2ue sus#en"erte #or el resto "el a9o )OS+, 0Tengo 2ue re#etir a9o s@lo #or unas est6#i"as #ala(ras en el #i!arr@n3 ACTOR : (COMO EL RECTOR*, >o si te ni elas en los cursos "e erano ()osh se ale-a gritan"o ;>o lo har$= mientras el coro se (urla. Las luces "e-an "e iluminar al Actor :. Ahora iluminan a los actores D / E como los #a"res "e )osh* )OS+, G>o ir$H G>o ir$H ACTOR E (COMO LA MAMI DE )OS+*, )osh% ir<s a los cursos "e erano% 2uieras o no )OS+, 0Sentarme en un sal@n caliente to"o el "5a% mientras los "em<s chicos hacen lo 2ue 2uieren3 07 estu"iar en las noches "e erano3 ACTOR D(COMO EL 1A1I DE )OS+*, De(iste #ensar eso antes "e escri(ir esas #ala(ras en el #i!arr@n ACTOR E (COMO LA MAMI DE )OS+*, 7 est<s castiga"o% )osh )OS+, 01or cu<nto tiem#o3 ACTOR E (COMO LA MAMI DE )OS+*, To"o el erano )OS+, 0>o #o"r$ ir "e cacer5a con el a(uelo3 ACTOR D (COMO EL 1A1I DE )OS+*, Rom#iste tu #romesa. Te 2uitaremos el ri'le )OS+, G1re'iero morirH ACTOR E (COMO LA MAMI DE )OS+*, Oh% )osh% no ha(lar<s en serio )OS+, G7a er<s 2ue lo "igo en serioH GTo"os lo er<nH G>o lo so#orto m<sH GE&#ulsa"oH GEscuela "e eranoH GSaca"o "el e2ui#o "e 'oot(allH GChicos rien"o "e m5H G>o m<s cacer5aH GEsto/ en el l5miteH ACTOR D (COMO EL 1A1I DE )OS+*, Creo 2ue "e(es calmarte )OS+, 4uiero mi ri'le "e nue o. Uste"es me lo regalaron ACTOR D (COMO EL 1A1I DE )OS+*, Lo sentimos. Te lo regresaremos cuan"o eamos un cam(io en tu actitu" )OS+, Kue un regalo. 1or lo menos% eso "i-eron. Su#ongo 2ue no #ue"o creer en na"a "e lo 2ue "icen ACTOR E (COMO LA MAMI DE )OS+*, Tienes su'icientes #ro(lemas% )osh. >o lo em#eores )OS+, Los o"io a los "os. Desear5a 2ue estu ieran muertos% as5 no ten"r5a 2ue erlos nunca m<s ()osh simula tener una #istola en su mano% les "is#ara a am(os* ACTOR D (COMO EL 1A1I DE )OS+*, 7a no #ue"es ha(larnos as5. G8e a tu ha(itaci@nH )OS+, G>oH 01or 2u$ tienen 2ue 2uitarme la cosa 2ue es m<s im#ortante #ara m53 ACTOR D (COMO EL 1A1I DE )OS+*, 1or2ue te hemos malcria"o. 4uisimos "arte una (uena i"a% #ero lo 6nico 2ue logramos 'ue satis'acer tu a#etito )OS+, 0D@n"e est<3 0D@n"e est< mi ri'le3 ACTOR D (COMO EL 1A1I DE )OS+*, Est< asegura"o. 7 si no cam(ias tu actitu"% lo en"eremos

ACTOR E (COMO LA MAMI DE )OS+*, 7 comen!an"o ma9ana en la ma9ana% tienes una cita con un #sic@logo )OS+, Escuela "e erano. Sin ri'le. Sin amigos. Sin tel$'ono. Tortura #sicol@gica. Se termin@. Mi i"a se termin@. Se termin@ ()osh hace una ra(ieta en el #iso gritan"o ;To"o se termin@=. Luces so(re el actor B% como el #sic@logo* ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 04ui$n eres )osh3 )OS+, 04u$ tan (ueno #ue"o ser si so/ 'or!a"o a er a un #sic@logo3 ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 0>o 2uieres llegar al 'on"o "e tus #ro(lemas3 )OS+, >o tengo na"a 2ue "ecirle ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 01or 2u$ no3 )OS+, Si le "igo% entonces ten"r5a algo 2ue "ecir? ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, +e ha(la"o con algunas #ersonas "e tu escuela )OS+, 0Con 2ui$n3 ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, Tu entrena"or "e 'oot(all reconoci@ tu es#5ritu "e e2ui#o. A #esar "e tu necesi"a" "e ser el #a/aso "e la clase% tus maestros "i-eron 2ue eres mu/ (rillante / agra"a(le. +as teni"a (uenas cali'icaciones en el #asa"o. +a/ un SUSURRO "e 2ue tienes 'ama entre las chicas. )OS+, Rom#5 algunos cora!ones ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, Con to"as esas cosas 01or 2u$ hiciste esa (roma en el #i!arr@n3 )OS+, 01or 2u$ la gallina cru!@ la calle3 ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, Me rin"o )OS+, 1ara #ro(ar 2ue no era una gallina ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 01or 2u$ el mono ca/@ "el <r(ol3 )OS+, 0>o lo s$3 ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, Muri@. 01or 2u$ el segun"o mono ca/@ "el <r(ol3 )OS+, >o lo s$ ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, Muri@. 01or 2u$ el tercer mono ca/@ "el <r(ol3 )OS+, Muri@ ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, >o% #or #resi@n )OS+, )a% -a% -a ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 01or 2u$ escri(iste en el #i!arr@n% )osh3 )OS+, Tal e! sea #or mi in'ancia. Tal e! est< en mis genes. Tal e! sea #or mi signo !o"iacal. Tal e! el Dia(lo me o(lig@ ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, Tal e!% s@lo "eci"iste hacerlo / no es cul#a "e na"ie sino tu/a )OS+, Uste" no me agra"a ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, Eso no es necesario. 1ero es necesario "ecir la er"a". 0Sent5as lo 2ue escri(iste en el #i!arr@n3 0+a/ alguien a 2uien te gustar5a con ertir en carne muerta3 )OS+, 01or 2u$ la gallina cru!@ la calle3 ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 1ara e a"ir contestar #reguntas )OS+, Me o/ ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, >ecesitas sesiones "e #sicotera#ia #ara ol er a la escuela

)OS+, Tal e! no o/ a ol er a la escuela ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, Oh% 07 2u$ har5as3 )OS+, Tal e! me integre a una #an"illa ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 0>o crees 2ue eso es auto "estructi o3 )OS+, 07 2u$3 Mi i"a a#esta. Tal e! termine suici"<n"ome. ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Boom. >o m<s "olor ACTOR : (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, 0Escuchaste lo "e )osh3 ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, >o 07 ahora 2u$3 ACTOR : (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Se ol@ los sesos ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, 4u$ #er"e"or ACTOR : (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Siem#re 'ue un tonto ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 01iensas en el suici"io% )osh3 )OS+, A eces ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 0C@mo cu<n"o3 )OS+, Cuan"o escucho las oces ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO* 0Cu<les oces3 )OS+, 8oces. S@lo #ue"o imaginar lo 2ue "icen "e m5 ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 08oces en el aire o en tu ca(e!a3 )OS+, En mi ca(e!a ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 0De 2ui$n son las oces3 )OS+, >i9os ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 0>i9os 2ue conoces3 )OS+, >i9os% ni9os% to"os los ni9os "e mi escuela ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 01or 2u$ te molesta eso3 )OS+, S@lo lo hace 0"e acuer"o3 ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, 0Escuchaste lo "e )osh3 ACTOR : (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, >o% 02u$3 ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, El rector lo hi!o er a un #sic@logo ACTOR : (8OX E> AL OSCURIDAD*, El 'antasma "el #i!arr@n en la escuela "e erano ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, El gran ca!a"or a a re#etir el a9o (To"os r5en* ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, )osh% 2uisiera hacerte unas #rue(as #ara er si #o"emos ali iar tu "olor con me"icamentos. Ten"r<s 2ue 2ue"arte una noche en el hos#ital )OS+, 0Es una ca-a "e locos3 0Tiene i"ea "e la #o#ulari"a" 2ue #er"er< si los chicos "e la escuela cuan"o se enteren "e 2ue esto/ en una casa "e locos3 Mi i"a a#esta (To"os r5en* ACTOR B (COMO EL 1SICWLOPO*, 01or 2u$ el mono ca/@ "el <r(ol3 )OS+, G1or2ue le "is#ar$H (Las luces "e-an "e iluminar al Actor B* )OS+, GEst6#i"oH GEst6#i"oH GEst6#i"oH (To"os r5en* GDesear5a 2ue alguien me li(erara "e mi miseriaH (Des#u$s "e un momento "e a(soluto silencio,* ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Boom )OS+, 04ui$n an"a ah53 ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Boom ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, >o m<s "olor?

)OS+, 04ui$n "i-o eso3 ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, T6 ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Tu i"a termin@% )osh ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Termin@ ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Termin@ ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Termin@ )OS+, 04ui$n an"a ah53 ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, T6 ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, T6 ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, T6 ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, +a!lo en la sala #ara 2ue tus #a"res lo ean (Los tam(ores suenan sua emente% un momento* )OS+, 0A 2u$ te re'ieres3 ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, De-a tus sesos en la #are" ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, +a!los sentir mal ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, El ri'le est< en el cl@set ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Rom#e el can"a"o ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Boom ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, >o m<s "olor )OS+, Eso es ri"5culo ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, )osh% lo ri"5culo ser< 2ue t6 est$s un a9o atr<s "e tus amigos (Se escuchan risas (urlonas* ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Mientras to"os se "i ierten (a-o el Sol% )osh estar< le/en"o un li(ro "e historia (Se escuchan risas (urlonas* )OS+, GC<llateH GBastaH ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, S@lo t6 #ue"es "etenerlos )osh )OS+, 0C@mo3 ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, T6 sa(es )OS+, 04u$ te re'ieres3 ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Boom )OS+, 8alla? ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Una (ala los callar5a #or siem#re (Se escuchan risas (urlonas. Regresa el soni"o "el tam(or* ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Aca(ar5as con el "olor / terminar5as con las oces en tu ca(e!a )OS+, G>o 2uiero #ensar en estoH (Se escuchan risas (urlonas* ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Mu$strales 2uien eres. To"a la escuela te mirar< con a"miraci@n. Te con ertir<s en una le/en"a en los #r@&imos a9os ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Mata las oces% )osh )OS+, 0Duele3 ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, 0Una (ala en la ca(e!a3 >o sentir<s a(solutamente na"a )OS+, Tengo mie"o

(Se escuchan risas (urlonas* )OS+, 0C@mo lo hago3 (Termina tam(orileo* MIC+AEL, +aces "e tu cara un m<scara .ATIE, Una m<scara 2ue oculte tu rostro MATT, Un rostro 2ue oculta el "olor )ESSIE, Un "olor 2ue carcome tu cora!@n EMIL7, Un cora!@n 2ue na"ie conoce )OS+, A2u5 a? su#ongo 2ue har$ un "esastre? (Se escuchan risas (urlonas* ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Ser<s una (roma ACTOR D (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, 0Su#iste lo "e )osh3 GIntent@ suici"arse% #ero lo arruin@H (Se escuchan oces (urlonas* ACTOR E (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, GAhora s@lo es un #at$tico amateurH ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, G)osh% la (romaH (Se escuchan oces (urlonas* )OS+, G>o #ue"o hacer estoH GSer$ )osh la (roma% #or siem#reH ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Entonces ten"r<s 2ue terminar con las oces "e otra manera% )osh )OS+, 0C@mo3 ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Dos ca-as "e (alas ser<n su'icientes. Es casi la hora "el almuer!o )OS+, 8alla? To"os est<n en la ca'eter5a ahora ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Imagina sus caras cuan"o el asesino entre. Te er<n tran2uilo con tu ri'le en la mano. Res#eto instant<neo. El "5a "el -uicio. )OS+, Como en una #el5cula ACTOR D (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, 1a"ucah ACTOR E (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, )ones(oro ACTOR : (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, S#ring'iel" ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Ll$ alos contigo ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Contigo ACTOR : (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, Contigo )OS+, 8alla? na"ie #o"r< su#erar eso ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, 07a no escuchas a las oces grit<n"ote er"a"% )osh3 ACTOR D (COMO EL 1A1I DE )OS+. 8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, 0)osh3 0Est<s en casa3 (8uel e el tam(orileo. Se escuchan risas (urlonas 2ue aumentan "e tono -unto con el soni"o "el tam(or* )OS+, 04ui$n an"a ah53 ACTOR D (COMO EL 1A1I DE )OS+. 8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, 0)osh3 0Est<s en casa3 ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, GTe lle ar<n al manicomioH (Las luces iluminan al actor D% como el #a#< "e )osh* ACTOR D (COMO EL 1A1I DE )OS+*, )osh% el "octor me llam@ al tra(a-o / me #i"i@ 2ue tu ma"re / /o te lle emos al hos#ital? 0C@mo conseguiste el ri'le3 ACTOR A (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, G>o te aco(ar"es ahoraH ACTOR B (8OX E> LA OSCURIDAD*, A menos 2ue 2uieras ser )osh la (roma ACTOR D (COMO EL 1A1I DE )OS+*, GBa-a esoH (Actor D a an!a. El soni"o "el tam(or aumenta al m<&imo*

(Di'untos / coro gritan, muerto% muerto% muerto* (Las luces iluminan al Actor D. Le "a la es#al"a a la au"iencia / se mantiene r5gi"o* )OS+, 04u$ hice3 ACTOR E (COMO LA MAMI DE )OS+*, 0)osh3 04u$ 'ue ese rui"o3 )OS+, 0Mam<3 (Luces so(re el Actor E% como la mam< "e )osh* ACTOR E (COMO LA MAMI DE )OS+*, )osh? 04u$ has hecho3 MIC+AEL, +aces "e tu cara un m<scara .ATIE, Una m<scara 2ue oculte tu rostro MATT, Un rostro 2ue oculta el "olor (El Actor E% como la mam< "e )osh se arro"illa ante un cuer#o 2ue no #o"emos er* )ESSIE, Un "olor 2ue carcome tu cora!@n EMIL7, Un cora!@n 2ue na"ie conoce )OS+, Te amo mam< ()osh #ren"e / a#aga su linterna "os eces* LOS DIKU>TOS 7 EL CORO, GMUERTEH GMUERTEH (El Actor E le "a la es#al"a a la au"iencia. Se a#agan to"as las luces. )osh sostiene la linterna "e(a-o "e su ment@n / se "irige hacia sus #a"res* )OS+, 0Mam<3 (Una o! 'emenina comien!a a #ro"ucir un !um(i"o / "es#u$s comien!a a cantar ;Estrellita "on"e est<s= "e(a-o "el soni"o "e la o! "e )osh* 01a#<3 T6 me o(ligaste a hacerlo. 4uer5a matarte% #ero no te 2uer5a muerto. 0De 2u$ otra 'orma #o"r5a "ecirte lo 2ue #ienso sin 2ue me interrum#ieras3 0Mam<3 0C@mo es 2ue est<s cantan"o si est<s muerta3 Basta. Sol5as cantarme eso cuan"o no #o"5a "ormir. Detente% 0#or 'a or3 0Acaso no tengo su'iciente "olor3 0>o es lo su'icientemente "i'5cil ser un "on na"ie3 0>o es su'icientemente "i'5cil 2ue to"os me miren como (asura3 0En "@n"e enca-o3 0A "@n"e #ue"o ir sin tener a na"ie so(re m53 En la escuela los maestros #onen este e&amen / encargan a2uel tra(a-o / /o no hago esto ni a2uello. Des#u$s engo a casa / uste"es encuentran algo 2ue no hice o me "icen 2ue no so/ lo su'icientemente (ueno. Su#ongo 2ue esto/ harto "e 2ue uste"es est$n "ece#ciona"os "e m5 to"o el tiem#o. 0Recuer"as cuan"o estu e en el e2ui#o "e ($is(ol / anot$ un -onr@n en el cam#eonato% / me cargaste en tus hom(ros #or to"o el cam#o% #a#<3 01or 2u$ /a no #ue"e ser as53 01or 2u$ es tan '<cil ha(lar contigo ahora3 Como sea% gracias #or escuchar. (El coro sale. Los cuatro "i'untos entran "e uno #or uno% ahora istien"o "e (lancoV Matt con una camisa (lanca% .atie con una (lusa (lanca% )essie con una #la/era (lanca% Michael con un su$ter (lanco / una gorra "e ($is(ol al re $s% Emil/ con un su$ter (lanco. Matt entra #rimero% cargan"o una (otella "e catsu#% se sienta% ierte un #oco en un #lato imaginario% comien!a a comer% luego comien!a con alg6n tra(a-o escolar% .atie entra% se sienta -unto a Matt / le #i"e #resta"o su tra(a-o% Matt ace#ta #ero le #i"e 2ue es#ere a 2ue termine un #ro(lema 2ue est< resol ien"o. Michael entra / le #i"e a .atie 2ue lo acom#a9e a ir #or comi"a% )essie se acerca a#resura"a a Matt #ara "ecirle 2ue ha si"o ace#ta"a en la uni ersi"a". Emil/ #asa #or ah5 #ara "ecirle a .atie 2ue llegar< tar"e% etc. Se im#ro isa alguna con ersaci@n casual. Mientras el "i<logo llega al cl5ma&% Matt trata "eses#era"amente "e concentrarse en su tarea% 'inalmente se #one "e #ie / les #i"e 2ue se callen #ara 2ue #ue"a terminar su tra(a-o. Silencio% entonces to"os contin6an al mismo ritmo. Matt se rin"e. Las luces iluminan a )osh 6nicamente% en una estancia militar. Silencio. Pol#e "e tam(or.

.atie toma su linterna% la encien"e (a-o su (ar(illa* .ATIE, 01or 2u$ /o3 Me mataste )OS+, Me enga9aste .ATIE, 01or 2u$ ten5as 2ue atra esarme el cora!@n3 (Michael ierte catsu# en la mano "e .atie% ella se la em(arra en el #echo* )OS+, 0D@n"e crees 2ue me "is#araste3 01or 2u$ #reten"es 2ue no esto/ a2u53 Mis #a"res no me e5an. Los chicos "e la escuela no me e5an. T6 no me e5as. A eces so/ in isi(le. (Michael "a un #aso al 'rente% ilumina su (ar(illa* MIC+AEL, 01or 2u$ /o3 Ten5a una (eca #or el '6t(ol )OS+, Eras to"o lo 2ue /o 2uer5a ser ()essie ierte catsu# en la mano "e Michael. Rl se la em(arra en la sien* MIC+AEL, 01or 2u$ ten5as 2ue atra esarme la ca(e!a3 )OS+, De(iste imaginarlo cuan"o me em#u-aste ()essie "a un #aso al 'rente% ilumina su (ar(illa* )ESSIE, 01or 2u$ /o3 >i si2uiera te cono!co (Matt ierte catsu# en la mano "e ella* >i si2uiera ha(l$ contigo una sola e!. 01or 2u$ /o3 04u$ "erecho ten5as "e 2uitarme la i"a 2ue #u"e ha(er teni"o3 (Se em(arra la catsu# en el ientre* 0Te sentiste como un hom(re cuan"o me "is#araste en el a("omen3 (Matt / Emil/ ierten catsu# en sus res#ecti as manos mientras )essie "ice su l5nea* )OS+, >o tienes i"ea "e lo 2ue se siente ser alguien un "5a / ser na"ie al siguiente. (Matt "a un #aso al 'rente% ilumina su (ar(illa* MATT, 01or 2u$ /o3 Ten5a to"a una i"a #or "elante )OS+, 7o tam(i$n (Matt mancha con catsu# el cuello "e su camisa* MATT, 0C@mo te sentiste al "is#ararme a tra $s "el cuello3 )OS+, >o lo s$ (Emil/ "a un #aso al 'rente% ilumina su (ar(illa* EMIL7, To"a mi mi"a se me ha ense9a"o a #er"onar. Ese #er"@n s@lo se "a a 2uien #er"ona. 1ero sim#lemente no #ue"o. >o hasta 2ue se#a lo 2ue realmente ha/ en tu cora!@n. >ecesito sa(er% )osh 01or 2u$ /o3 (SE mancha su #echo* 01or 2u$ /o3 )OS+, Si conoces mis #ensamientos% 01or 2u$ no sa(es eso3 EMIL7, 4ueremos o5r 2ue lo "igas t6 mismo 0#or 2u$% )osh3 MIC+AEL, 01or 2u$ ella3 .ATIE, 01or 2u$ $l3 MATT, 01or 2u$ ellos3 )ESSIE, 01or 2u$ /o3 EMIL7, 01or 2u$ alguien ten5a 2ue morir% )osh3 )OS+, A eces o"io estar i o% #ero tengo mie"o "e estar muerto .ATIE, 0Sa(es lo 2ue o"io "e estar muerta3 >o #ue"es llamar #ara or"enar una #i!!a (Los "i'untos ro"ean la ca-a "e manera casual* MIC+AEL, 1e##eroni )ESSIE, E&tra 2ueso EMIL7, A-o TODOS, GSin anchoasH MIC+AEL, +am(urguesas con 2ueso .ATIE, Con tocino

MATT, 7 #a#as 'ritas )ESSIE, Con a"ere!o EMIL7, Maltea"as "e chocolate MATT, Palletas con chis#as "e chocolate .ATIE, Con leche )ESSIE, 1er"imos tantas cosas EMIL7, >unca aca(ar5as "e mencionarlas a to"as TODOS, >unca (Con m6sica "e 'on"o. La m6sica es triste / alegre% triste #or la muerte% alegra #or el recuer"o. A eces no notan la #resencia "e )oshV otras% "icen sus l5neas "irectamente a $l. Ba-o la "iscreci@n "el "irector "e escena% 2ue se eliminen una o "os "e las secciones siguientes (: o DJ l5neas* a 'in "e reem#la!arlas con im#ro isaciones. 4ue ca"a actor #iense en cosas 2ue tiene / 2ue e&tra9ar5a. 4ue ca"a l5nea comience, ;E&tra9o?= 2ue ninguna inter'iera con el o(-eti o "e la o(ra* MIC+AEL, 8o/ en mi carro% con los i"rios a(a-o% escuchan"o m6sica a to"o olumen .ATIE, E&tra9o acostarme en mi cama / 2ue"arme "ormi"a escuchan"o un CD MATT, E&tra9o ser "es#recia"o #or las chicas )ESIE, E&tra9o cuan"o un chico me mira "e esa manera% en 2ue me "ice 2ue me a a in itar a salir EMIL7, 7 entonces $l "ice 0Me #restas tu li(ro "e matem<ticas3 (Estas l5neas se su#er#onen* MIC+AEL, E&tra9o cuan"o ella te contesta a6n cuan"o t6 no has termina"o la 'rase .ATIE, GMe encantar5aH MATT, E&tra9o cuan"o ans5as el #rimer (eso / cuan"o suce"e% es mucho% mucho me-or "e lo 2ue ha(5as imagina"o )ESSIE, E&tra9o hacer (om(as con el chicle EMIL7, E&tra9o er a )o"/ cuan"o tiene esa mira"a en su cara antes "e contarme otro chiste tonto MIC+AEL, E&tra9o los #asteles 2uema"os "e mam< .ATIE, E&tra9o er a mi #erro cuan"o ol 5a "e la escuela MATT, E&tra9o como mi #erro salta(a so(re m5 #i"i$n"ome 2ue -ugara con $l )ESSIE, E&tra9o la ca'e5na EMIL7, E&tra9o cuan"o te #rue(as unos #antalones nue os / te 2ue"an a la #er'ecci@n MIC+AEL, E&tra9o las 'rituras .ATIE, E&tra9o la sensaci@n "el gas "e un re'resco en mi nari! MATT, E&tra9o amar a alguien (Emil/ atrae la atenci@n "e to"os. Ellos escuchan* )ESSIE, E&tra9o #einarme #or las ma9anas EMIL7, E&tra9o ir al (u!@n / encontrar una carta 2ue no es#era(a MIC+AEL, Una carta en letra cursi a (.atie comien!a esta #arte. Los "em<s le siguen uno #or uno con sus l5neas. Se "irigen a la au"iencia* .ATIE, E&tra9o meterme a una #iscina 'r5a en un "5a caliente MATT, E&tra9o estornu"ar )ESSIE, E&tra9o "ormir EMIL7, E&tra9o los (uenos tiem#os en Louisiana

MIC+AEL, E&tra9o an"ar en #atineta .ATIE, E&tra9o cuan"o a(res un li(ro nue o / el lomo cru-e MATT, E&tra9o ir a la ca'eter5a / "eci"ir con 2uien me 2uiero sentar )ESSIE, E&tra9o re5r tan 'uerte 2ue comience a llorar EMIL7, E&tra9o es2uiar en agua en Peorgia MIC+AEL, E&tra9o estar s@lo en casa con una (olsa "e #alomitas / con el control "e T8 cam(ian"o "e canal en canal .ATIE, E&tra9o cuan"o (a9a(a a mi #erra / ella se sacu"5a / me mo-a(a a m5 MATT, E&tra9o la comi"a "e mam< )ESSIE, E&tra9o a"i inar 2ue o/ a comer a tra $s "el olor "e la comi"a "e mam< EMIL7, E&tra9o la escuela MIC+AEL, E&tra9o ha(lar #or tel$'ono con mis amigos "es#u$s "e la me"ia noche .ATIE, E&tra9o ir a una tien"a / com#rar algo 2ue /o 2uiera MATT, E&tra9o #er"er el tiem#o )ESSIE, E&tra9o cuan"o gana(a una carrera casi sin aliento / me sent5a tan (ien conmigo misma EMIL7, E&tra9o gritar en un #arti"o "e '6t(ol MIC+AEL, E&tra9o cuan"o se aca(a un "5a "e escuela% esa sensaci@n "e 2ue /a #ue"es irte a casa (.atie se coloca 'rente a )osh% los "em<s siguen con sus "i<logos "es#u$s "e ella* .ATIE, E&tra9o mi cama MATT, E&tra9o cantar en la "ucha )ESSIE, E&tra9o #elear con mi hermano / "es#u$s "e cinco minutos actuar como si na"a hu(iera #asa"o EMIL7, E&tra9o hacer re5r tanto a mam< 2ue casi ni #o"5a res#irar MIC+AEL, E&tra9o er el cielo "es"e 2ue amanece hasta 2ue oscurece .ATIE, 7 "e 2ue oscurece hasta 2ue amanece MATT, E&tra9o% a6n a mi e"a"% el no "ormir la noche anterior a la na i"a" )ESSIE, E&tra9o a#ren"er nue as canciones en el #iano EMIL7 (+ACIA LOS DIKU>TOS*, E&tra9o cantar en'rente "el es#e-o MIC+AEL (U>IR>DOSE AL PRU1O*, 7 #reten"er 2ue esto/ en un concierto TODOS, S5 (Las l5neas se so(re#onen nue amente* MATT, E&tra9o el "esa/uno "el Domingo )ESSIE, E&tra9o las "onas EMIL7, E&tra9o a(rir la #uerta en un "5a "e in ierno / sentir el aire 'r5o en mi cara MIC+AEL, E&tra9o (romear con chicas .ATIE, E&tra9o saltar "el tram#ol5n con seis #ersonas a la e! MATT, E&tra9o na"ar en una 'uente a me"ianoche )ESSIE, E&tra9o a la gente miran"o EMIL7, E&tra9o la mira"a 2ue ten5a mi hermano -usto antes "e lan!arme su nue o mo imiento "e (o&eo (La m6sica se aca(a. )osh interrum#e* )OS+, G)am<s #ens$ 2ue les 2uitar5a to"o esoH G)am<sH MIC+AEL, 0)am<s3 04u$ sa(es t6 "el -am<s3 )am<s har$ to"o lo 2ue 2uer5a hacer

TODOS, )am<s .ATIE, )am<s cum#lir$ mis sue9os TODOS, )am<s MATT, )am<s er$ to"o lo 2ue 2uer5a er TODOS, )am<s )ESSIE, )am<s sa(r$ to"o lo 2ue 2uer5a sa(er TODOS, )am<s EMIL7, >unca -am<s (Ba-o la "iscreci@n "el "irector "e escena% 2ue se eliminen una o "os "e las secciones siguientes (: o DJ l5neas* a 'in "e reem#la!arlas con im#ro isaciones. 4ue ca"a actor #iense en cosas 2ue -am<s har5a. 4ue ca"a l5nea comience, ;)am<s?= 2ue ninguna inter'iera con el o(-eti o "e la o(ra* .ATIE, )am<s ser$ t5a (La m6sica contin6a. Los "em<s escuchan con res#eto lo 2ue el otro tiene 2ue "ecir* MIC+AEL, )am<s sa(r$ lo 2ue es i ir "e manera in"e#en"iente MATT, )am<s ten"r$ la o#ortuni"a" "e me-orar )ESSIE, )am<s ir$ a la uni ersi"a" ni o(ten"r$ una maestr5a EMIL7, )am<s encontrar$ a la #ersona con la 2ue com#artir5a el resto "e mi i"a MIC+AEL, 7 hacer 2ue mi matrimonio 'uncione ()osh% 2uien esta(a ale-a"o% se acerca es#eran"o una in itaci@n. Lo ignoran* )OS+, E&tra9o? (Se ale-an "e $l* .ATIE, 7 "ar amor MATT, 7 tener amor )ESSIE, )am<s conocer$ a un a#uesto% inteligente / cari9oso chico "e 'raterni"a" 2ue me mire / ea #er'ecci@n EMIL7, )am<s me casar$ "e (lanco ni ten"r$ una gran (o"a MIC+AEL, )am<s har$ nue os amigos .ATIE, )am<s ser$ 1sic@loga MATT, )am<s -ugar$ ($is(ol con mi hi-o )ESSIE, )am<s ten"r$ largas charlas (a-o la lu! "e una ela en el rinc@n "e un restaurante EMIL7, )am<s ten"r$ DY "e la manera en 2ue lo so9$ MIC+AEL, )am<s sa(r$ lo 2ue es llegar a casa "el tra(a-o / ser "erri(a"o #or mis ni9os mientras me so'ocan con (esos / a(ra!os .ATIE, )am<s sa(r$ si la i"ente ten5a ra!@n, 0Conseguir$ lo 2ue 2uiero o en"er$ autos usa"os3 MATT, )am<s sa(r$ lo 2ue es tener mi #ro#io auto (Los "i'untos se mue en hacia la au"iencia. Uno a uno se unen* )ESSIE, )am<s ten"r$ a mi chico se 'raterni"a" sostenien"o mi mano en la sala "e #artos "ici$n"ome #u-a% #u-a mientras /o le "igo 2ue se calle EMIL7, )am<s ten"r$ un con erti(le ro-o MIC+AEL, )am<s #ilotear$ un a i@n .ATIE, O na egar en un (ote MATT, O er el mar muerto )ESSIE, )am<s ten"r$ tres ni9os 2ue tengan la mira"a "e su #a"re #ara 2ue al (esarlo lo est$ (esan"o a $l

EMIL7, )am<s er$ mis l5mites MIC+EL, >i me conocer$ realmente .ATIE, )am<s conocer$ to"as las recetas "e mam< MATT, )am<s ten"r$ la o#ortuni"a" "e enorgullecer a #a#< )ESSIE, )am<s llorar$ en las gra"uaciones "e mis hi-os EMIL7, )am<s er$ 1ar5s (8olte<n"ose hacia )osh% uno #or uno le "icen sus l5neas* MIC+AEL, >i ToZio .ATIE, >i a cocinar un #esca"o MATT, >i ten"r$ a("omen #lano )ESSIE, )am<s ten"r$ un e#ita'io 2ue "iga ;Ama"a ma"re% a(uela / es#osa. Muri@ a los [J a9os= )OS+, 04u$ es lo 2ue 2uieren "e m53 G>o #ue"o resucitarlosH GSi #u"iera% lo har5aH 0Acaso no lo en3 GSe aca(@H GSe aca(@H MIC+AEL, Se aca(@ #ara nosotros% )osh .ATIE, 1ero a#enas es el comien!o #ara ti MATT, El comien!o "el resto "e tu i"a )ESSIE, >os ten"r<s en tu ca(e!a hasta el "5a en 2ue mueras EMIL7, 7 nos er<s una MIC+AEL, 7 otra .ATIE, 7 otra MATT, 7 otra )ESSSIE, 8e! EMIL7, )usto como nos iste a/er en la ca'eter5a CORO, GMUERTOSH (.atie cae al suelo* GMUERTOSH (Michael cae* GMUERTOSH ()essie cae* GMUERTOSH (Matt cae* GMUERTOSH (Emil/ se "e-a caer en los (ra!os "e )osh. Rl toca su sangre / llora. Una lu! so(re )osh* )OS+, >o #ens$ 2ue ser5a #ara siem#re. 1ens$ 2ue s@lo era ;(ang% (ang est<s muerto=. Cre5 2ue #o"5a resetear / comen!ar el -uego otra e!. 01or 2u$ no #ue"o tener otra o#ortuni"a"3 Cuan"o los mat$% tam(i$n mat$ to"as mis #osi(ili"a"es )OS+, )am<s ten"r$ un 'uturo 2ue anhelar. >unca. (Uno #or uno% los "i'untos se an "es#ertan"o como se "es#ierta "e un sue9o / comien!an a salir lentamente a#agan"o sus linternas* 0Es $ste el resto "e mi i"a3 ()osh cae so(re sus ro"illas% "e asta"o* Oh% Dios. (Emil/ a#aga la lu! 2ue ilumina(a a )osh. Oscuri"a".* KI>
E>PLIS+ ORIPI>AL BA>P BA>P 7OU\RE DEAD B/ William Mastrosimone (ABSOLUTE DAR.>ESS. A oice in the "arZ. A'ter a moment% a 'lashlight e&#lores the stage% mo es along the (ottom length% then u#% 'in"ing )osh aslee# on the -ail (e". )osh -um#s to his 'eet.* )OS+ Who\s there3 Who is it3 Who\s there3 (Michael hol"s the 'lashlight un"er his chin illuminating onl/ his 'ace.* MIC+AEL Wh/ me3 )OS+ What is this3 What is this3

MIC+AEL We #la/e" (all together. 7ou Oere aOesome on the 'iel". 7ou Oere unsto##a(le. )OS+ Sur i al o' the 'ittest% (a(/. MIC+AEL An" /ou Oere onl/ a 'reshman. 7ou coul"\ e (een team ca#tain in /our senior /ear. Wh/\" /ou Zill me3 I ne er hurt /ou. )OS+ It Oas more 'un than "ro##in\ "u"es in a i"eo game. (Michael\s 'lashlight goes out. .atie hol"s her 'lashlight un"er her chin.* .ATIE Wh/ me% )osh3 )OS+ Wh/ not3 Worl"\s o er#o#ulate". I Oante" to "o m/ #art. .ATIE 7ou liZe" me. )OS+ Once u#on a time. .ATIE Wh/\" /ou ha e to Zill me3 )OS+ Kelt liZe it% oZa/3 +a##/ noO3 A.] (.atie\s 'lashlight goes out. Matt hol"s his 'lashlight un"er his chin.* MATT Wh/ me3 )OS+ What is this3 MATT Wh/ me3 I "on\t e en ZnoO /ou. )OS+ 7ou Oere in the Orong #lace at the Orong time. (Matt\s 'lashlight goes out. )essie hol"s her 'lashlight un"er her chin.* )ESSIE Wh/ me3 )OS+ Wh/ not /ou3 E er/(o"/\s gotta "ie sometime. Might as Oell get it o er Oith. ()essie\s 'lashlight goes out. )osh la/s (acZ on the (e". Emil/ leans o er him% hol"s her 'lashlight un"er her chin. )osh s#rings u#% sur#rise".* EMIL7 Wh/ me% )osh3 We li e on the same street. We use" to maZe mu" #ies together Ohen Oe Oere little Zi"s. I taught /ou hoO to (loO (u((les Oith cheOing gum. I came to /our (irth"a/s% /ou came to mine. When Oe Were ele en /ou let me #la/ Oar Oith /ou an" the other (o/s (ecause /ou liZe" hoO I "ie". Let the 'i e "ecease" im#ro ise #reUteen Zi"s #la/ing Oar% using their 'ingers 'or guns an" maZing shooting soun"s. The/ run aroun" in the "arZ% their 'lashlights sOee#ing the 'loor% looZing 'or the enem/% the lights crissUcrossing. Let them shout ^(am% (am /ou\re "ea"^ (^#oO% #oO^ an" other ariants*. E entuall/ Emil/ ^Zills^ .atie an" Matt Oho "ro# "ea". Michael shoots )essie Oho 'alls "ea". Michael an" Emil/ shoot each other at the same time. Michael "ro#s "ea" at once. Emil/ "ies er/ "ramaticall/ Oith all the a##ro#riate soun"s. Beat.* EMIL7 (L7I>P O> KLOOR* +o#e I "i"n\t "isa##oint /ou in the ca'eteria this morning. +o#e I "ie" -ust right 'or /ou% )osh. )OS+ 7ou "i"n\t ha e to 'all on me an" get me all (loo"/. E.] EMIL7 Want to see it again3 UUPo on. Shoot me again. ()osh #reten"s to shoot her. She "ies again er/ "ramaticall/.* )OS+ Lo e that 'eeling. ACTOR A Lo e it. ACTOR B Cra e it. ACTOR : >ee" it. ACTOR A Potta ha e a gun gri# in /our han". (Chorus echoes the Oor" ^han".^* )OS+ AlOa/s Oante" to (e an Arm/ Ranger #arachuting (ehin" enem/ lines% e er since I coul" hol" aUU ACTOR B Ca# gun. ACTOR : Water gun. ACTOR A Air gun. ACTOR B 1o# gun. ACTOR : B.B. gun )OS+ TOel e gauge. ACTOR A AA. ACTOR B EF. ACTOR : B:. )OS+ A gun maZes /ou 'eel ali e. B.] (Chorus echoes ^ali e.^* ACTOR A Res#ect. ACTOR B Watch outH ACTOR : Mo e asi"eH

)OS+ >o(o"/ can touch /ou. ACTOR A When /ou ha e a gunUU )OS+ >o(o"/ mocZs /ou. ACTOR B When /ou ha e a gunUU )OS+ 7ou can taZe on an/(o"/. ACTOR : An/(o"/. ACTOR A The cham# Orestler. ACTOR B The Ohole Orestling team. ACTOR : The (a" "u"es. ACTOR A Pang (angers. )OS+ When /ou ha e a gun% #eo#le talZ nice. ACTOR B When /ou ha e a gunUU )OS+ 1eo#le looZ at /ou liZe a 8.I.1. (Chorus echoes ^8.I.1.^* ACTOR : Some(o"/ (um#s /ou% the/ sa/% E&cuse me. :.] )OS+ 7ou OalZ "i''erent_ ACTOR A When /ou ha e a gun. )OS+ 7ou talZ "i''erentUU ACTOR B When /ou ha e a gun. )OS+ 7ou thinZ "i''erentUU ACTOR : When /ou ha e a gun. )OS+ It\s so coolUU ACTOR A When /ou ha e a gun. (Chorus lou"l/ echoes ^gun.^* ACTOR B It\s an AU#lus. ACTOR : Slam "unZ. ACTOR A Touch"oOn. ACTOR B 1ut "oOn. ACTOR : All in one. (Chorus echoes ^one.^* )OS+ Lo e that militar/ stanceH ACTOR A 7ou ain\t got a chanceUU ACTOR B Res#ectH ACTOR : Watch outH L.] ACTOR A Mo e asi"eH ACTOR B 7ou can (e Ohate er /ou Oanna (eUU )OS+ \Cause a gun in /our han" is a 1h.D. (Lights on Actor D an" Actor E as )osh\s #arents. The "ecease" train their 'lashlight (eams on the #arents as the/ enter.* ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* )osh% there\s no Oa/ Oe\re (u/ing /ou a ri'le. )OS+ Mom% Oill /ou listen to me3 ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* Kirst /ou ha" to ha e a #.c.% then e er/ i"eo game e er ma"e% then a la#to#UU )OS+ Kor school% "a". ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* Then a cell #hone% a (ee#er an" the neOest st/le >iZes e er/ three monthsUU ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* 7ou ha e to ha e e er/ CD /ou hear on the ra"io. ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* An e&#ensi e mountain (iZe /ou ro"e three times. ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* A snoO(oar" /ou ne er use". An" noO a ri'le3 1lease. )OS+ Pran"#a Oants to taZe me hunting. ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* I\m a(solutel/ against it. )OS+ Pran"#a hunts. Are /ou re-ecting Ohat /our oOn 'ather thinZs3 ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* O' course not. )OS+ Then I shoul" ha e the ri'le% right3 [.] ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* I Oish /ou 'elt as #assionate a(out /our gra"es as /ou "o a(out a ri'le. )OS+ 7ou\re changing the su(-ect. ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* 7ou\ e got a high I.4. 7our B\s an" C\s coul" (e all A\s. )OS+ Will /ou get o'' m/ (acZ a(out m/ I.4.3

ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* We might 'eel "i''erentl/ i' /ou Oere li ing u# to /our 'ull #otential. )OS+ OZa/% /ou get me the ri'le an" I\ll (ring home all A\s on m/ ne&t re#ort car". Deal3 ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* We\ll talZ a(out a ri'le Ohen Oe see all A\s. )OS+ 7ou "on\t e en trust me. ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* )osh% /ou ZnoO that\s not true. )OS+ I' /ou trust me% then get me the ri'le noO. ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* When /ou get all A\s% Oe\ll "iscuss it. )OS+ +unting season Oill (e o er (e'ore gra"es come out. Then I ha e to Oait a Ohole /earH ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* 7ou ha e to learn #atience. )OS+ +unting teaches #atience. Pran"#a sai". But Ohat\s he ZnoO3 +e\s onl/ /our 'ather. All I Oant is to s#en" some time Oith gran"#a an" hear his stories a(out Ohen he greO u#. Learn some res#onsi(ilit/. Learn res#ect 'or 'irearms. +oO is all that (a"3 ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* It\s not (a"% )osh. It\s -ust that Oe\re not com'orta(le Oith guns. F.] )OS+ I' I Oante" to% I coul" get a gun in school 'or 'i't/ (ucZs. ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* +oO3 )OS+ Eas/. I ZnoO a Zi" Oho stole a gun 'rom his 'ather. But I Ooul"n\t (u/ it (ecause that Ooul" (e Orong. Is this Ohat I get 'or (eing honest3 ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* Ma/(e his honest/ "eser es the ri'le 'or a reOar". ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* Ma/(e /ou shoul"n\t ca e in e er/ time )osh throOs a tantrum. ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* What a(out the electric guitar /ou got him Ohen he threO himsel' on the 'loor3 ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* At least that shoOe" an interest in music. ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* 7eah% an" noO it\s collecting "ust in the closet. (Actors D an" E OalZ o'' arguing.* )OS+ Di i"e an" con2uer. WorZs e er/ time. So "on\t (lame me. Blame m/ 'olZs% oZa/3 The/ "i"n\t ha e to (u/ me a ri'le. EMIL7 7ou still "i"n\t ansOer m/ 2uestion. Wh/ me3 Wh/ "i" /ou Zill me3 )OS+ It\s sim#le math. M/ ri'le hol"s 'i e (ullets. Ki e (ullets% 'i e #eo#le. 1er'ect. MIC+AEL The (ullet that Zille" me #ierce" m/ #arents\ hearts% too. .ATIE 1ierce" m/ (rothers\ an" sisters\ hearts. MATT 1ierce" m/ 'rien"s hearts. Y.] )ESSIE 1ierce" the hearts o' #arents Oho sen" their Zi"s to school. EMIL7 )ust 'i e (ullets Ooun"e" hun"re"s. MIC+AEL Thousan"s. .ATIE Woun"s that (lee". MATT Woun"s that Oee#. )ESSIE Woun"s that ne er heal. EMIL7 Woun"s that are er/ real. ALL Thousan"sH )OS+ Pet lost. ()osh lies "oOn to slee# again. Emil/ #ulls o'' his (lanZet.* EMIL7 That\s not a goo" enough ansOer% )osh. MIC+AEL An" that\s not 'air. .ATIE >ot 'air. MATT >ot 'air at all. )ESSIE That our (o"ies lie in co''ins. EMIL7 While /ou still (reathe the air. )OS+ LooZ at it this Oa/, /ou got /oursel es a co!/ little #lace% an" /ou can\t (eat the rent. MIC+AEL It\s not 'air. DJ.] .ATIE >ot 'air. MATT >ot 'air at all. )ESSIE That Oe\re un"er the earthUU EMIL7 An" /ou "on\t e en care. )OS+ .noO Ohat\s not 'air3 Some "u"e -um#e" me (e'ore I ha" a chance to reloa". I coul"\ e "ro##e" a lot more (o"ies an" ma"e histor/. MIC+AEL We "eman" an honest ansOer% )osh. Wh/3 Wh/\" /ou Zill us3 )OS+ It Oas 'un. (The "ecease" stan" in a circle an" #ush )osh aroun" liZe a (all.* .ATIE 7ou "on\t ha e the #ro#er 'rame o' min".

MATT We\ll (e all o er /ou. )ESSIE U# one si"e. EMIL7 DoOn the other. MIC+AEL In /our 'ace. .ATIE Un"er /our sZin. MATT Till /ou tell us Oh/. )ESSIE Wh/3 EMIL7 Wh/\" /ou Zill us3 )OS+ La/ o'' me. DD.] MIC+AEL Oe\re gonna o#en /ou u#. .ATIE Dissect /ou liZe a 'rog. MATT 1lucZ out /our heart. )ESSIE )ust 'or a start. MIC+AEL Till /ou tell us Oh/. EMIL7 Wh/3 MIC+AEL Wh/ me3 .ATIE Wh/ an/(o"/3 MATT Wh/3 )ESSIE Wh/3 EMIL7 Wh/\" /ou Zill us3 )OS+ \Cause there Oas nothing goo" on t. . MIC+AEL We\ll "o Ohate er it taZes tonight. .ATIE Whate er it taZes. MATT To cracZ /ou o#en. )ESSIE Till then /ou\ll li e in hell. EMIL7 Without lo e. MIC+AEL Without "ecenc/. .ATIE Without com'ort. DA.] MATT A Zi" in a cage. )ESSIE In a !oo o' mis'its. EMIL7 E en until /our release. MIC+AEL When /ou\re a stoo#e"UU .ATIE BroZenUU MATT Bitter% ol" man. )ESSIE Kull o' scars. MIC+AEL Scars on (o"/ an" min". .ATIE Krien"less. )ESSIE +o#eless. EMIL7 Min"less. )OS+ (LAUP+I>P* SoulUless. MATT Some laO/er\ll get me o''. MIC+AEL I' /ou sur i e. )OS+ Sur i e Ohat3 DRUMMER (AS CO>* 7o% (a" (o/. )OS+ 7ou talZing to me3 M/ name\s )osh. What\s /ours3 DRUMMER (AS CO>* 7ou the neO "u"e that o''e" se en #eo#le3 DE.] )OS+ I' that "u"e "i"n\t -um# me I ha" enough ammo on me to taZe out a hun"re" more. I\"\ e ma"e histor/. DRUMMER (AS CO>* Tomorr\ Oe gonna see -ust hoO (a" /ou are. )OS+ What "o /ou mean3 DRUMMER (AS CO>* 7ou\ll see Ohat Oe mean% (a" (o/. )OS+ (to himsel'* Whoa. MIC+AEL Keel /our cell start to shrinZ3 .ATIE Keel the Oalls closing in3

MATT Com#ressing /our thoughts3 )ESSIE Cramming /our (rain3 EMIL7 Dri ing /ou insane3 MIC+AEL 7ou\ll Oish /ou Oere "ea" e er/ so o'ten. .ATIE 7our si& (/ eight Oill (e /our co''in. MATT >o(o"/ Oill hear. )ESSIE When /ou scream an" cr/. EMIL7 Wh/3 Wh/3 Wh/\" /ou Zill us3 )OS+ 7ou can\t hurt me. 7ou\re all "ea". MIC+AEL We nee" some ansOers% )osh. .ATIE We Oant some ansOers tonight% )osh. DB.] MATT We Oant the truth. )ESSIE The Ohole truth. EMIL7 An" nothing (ut the truth. )OS+ As the co# sai"% I ha e the right to remain silent. An/thing I sa/ can (e hel" against me in a court o' laO. (4uicZ "rum rh/thm. The "ecease" u#Uen" the (o& con erting it to a -u"ge\s (ench (/ o#ening the li" so that it\s u# erticall/. Actor A stan"s (ehin" (o& an" (angs the ga el. MBecause the courtroom scene is -ust a 'antas/% it shoul" (e #la/e" s#ee"e" u#% Oithout #ause% so that )osh\s nightmare trial is o er in a matter o' secon"s.N* ACTOR A (AS )UDPE* The court Oill hear the #rosecutor\s o#ening statement. ACTOR B (AS 1ROSECUTOR* 7our +onor% la"ies an" gentlemen o' the -ur/, se en "ea" (o"ies. Do!ens o' Oitnesses. What\s to thinZ a(out3 ACTOR A (AS )UDPE* The court Oill noO hear 'rom the #u(lic "e'en"er. ACTOR D (AS 1UBLIC DEKE>DER* )osh Oas a goo" stu"ent% a #o#ular stu"ent% a goo" son. There\s onl/ one e&#lanationUUtem#orar/ insanit/. ACTOR B (AS 1ROSECUTOR* I call Oitnesses 'or the #rosecutionH ACTOR E (AS WIT>ESS* )osh #ulle" the Oings o'' a (utter'l/ Ohen he Oas 'i e an" he #lagiari!e" on a #a#er 'or English class. ACTOR A (AS )UDPE* The court Oill noO hear closing statements. ACTOR B (AS 1ROSECUTOR* As I see it% /ou the -ur/ ha e a er/ "i''icult choice (etOeen the electric chair an" lethal in-ection. D:.] ACTOR D (AS 1UBLIC DEKE>DER* La"ies an" gentlemen o' the -ur/% he\s -ust a chil". I urge /ou to #ut )osh in a #s/chiatric Oar". )OS+ I\m not #s/cho -ust (ecause m/ #arents 'orce" me to see a shrinZ. I ZneO Ohat I Oas "oingH ACTOR A (AS )UDPE* La"ies an" gentlemen o' the -ur/% ha e /ou reache" a er"ict3 ACTOR : (AS )UR7 KOREWOMA>* We ha e 7our +onor. Li'e im#risonment Oithout #ossi(ilit/. )OS+ 1ossi(ilit/ o' Ohat3 ACTOR : (AS )UR7 KOREWOMA>* Without #ossi(ilit/ o' an/thing goo". (Beat. Lights 'a"e. Chorus e&its. Decease" an" )osh remain.* MIC+AEL 7ou\ll ne er achie e /our "reams. .ATIE >e er sZ/"i e. MATT >e er scu(a o'' Australia.

)ESSIE >e er e&#lore the cal"era o' a olcano. EMIL7 >e er 'l/ a helico#ter. MIC+AEL >e er (e a s#ortscaster. .ATIE >e er sZi again. MATT >e er (o"/ sur'. )ESSIE >e er meet #eo#le on the internet. EMIL7 >e er ZnoO Ohat /ou coul"\ e (eenUU DL.] MIC+AEL DoneUU .ATIE SeenUU MATT +a"UU )ESSIE .noOnUU EMIL7 Lo e" in /our li'etime. MIC+AEL >oO /ou\ll ne er ZnoO all the ha##iness that Oas /ours. .ATIE But /ou\ll Oon"er. MATT An" the Oon"erment Oill eat /ou ali e. )ESSIE Eat /ou 'or (reaZ'ast. EMIL7 Eat /ou 'or lunch. MIC+AEL Eat /ou 'or "inner. .ATIE While all /our "reams mocZ /ouUU MATT MocZ /ouUU )ESSIE MocZ /ouUU EMIL7 MocZ /ou through the (ars. (The (o& is restore" to a (e". )osh lies "oOn to slee# on the (lanZet.* )OS+ Who cares3 The Ohole thing Oill (e o'' m/ recor" Ohen I\m eighteen an/Oa/. Ma/(e I\ll (e out o' here Ohen I\m tOent/Uone. 7ou\re all -ust a (a" "ream. EMIL7 Sometimes (a" "reams come true. D[.] (The "ecease" Ora# )osh in the (lanZet% #icZ him u#% maZing the (o& a co''in. The/ "ro# him in% close the li". We hear )osh ZicZing an" screaming insi"e. The/ turn the (o& on its si"e% o#en the li". )osh tum(les out

screaming an" thrashing aroun". +e (egins to looZ at the "ecease" Oith neO res#ect.* MIC+AEL That\s hoO it is un"er the earth. .ATIE In the "arZ. MATT Alone. )ESSIE In silence. EMIL7 We reall/ nee" some ansOers% )osh. )OS+ AnsOers to Ohat3 MIC+AEL What Oere /ou thinZing3 .ATIE What Oas in /our heart3 MATT Wh/\" /ou smile Ohen /ou Zille" us3 )OS+ I\m -ust a 'rien"l/ gu/. )ESSIE Di"n\t /ou 'eel (a"l/3 EMIL7 Di" /ou thinZ o' the (ucZ Ohen /ou shot me3 ()osh is astonishe" the/ ZnoO a(out his hunting e&#erience. The tone changes. )osh is 'eeling ulnera(le that the/ ZnoO his min".* )OS+ What (ucZ3 (The "ecease" #icZ u# the (o& an" mo e it to another location.* MIC+AEL 7ou ZnoO Ohat (ucZ. DF.] .ATIE 7our 'irst time hunting. MATT With /our gran"#a. )OS+ +oO "o /ou ZnoO that3 )ESSIE We ZnoO e er/thing a(out /ou. EMIL7 All /our thoughts. MIC+AEL Keelings. .ATIE Memories. MATT Dreams. )ESSIE We ZnoO all /our "ee#% "arZ secrets. )OS+ +oO3 +oO can /ou ZnoO all that3 EMIL7

We\re all in /our hea". )OS+ 1s/chH Tell me one 'act a(out that "a/. Tell me one thing gran"#a sai". MIC+AEL )ust /ou an" gran"#a in his ol"% re" trucZ. (Actor D% as Pran"#a% sits ne&t to )osh on the (o& that noO (ecomes a trucZ.* ACTOR D (AS PRA>D1A* Res#ect the animals. Don\t taZe a shot unless /ou ZnoO it\s sure. Do it 2uicZ an" clean. OtherOise the animal su''ers. )OS+ WoO. .ATIE That ol" logging roa" is 'ull o' ruts. DY.] )ESSIE 7ou (oth (ounce on the seat. 7ou can\t Oait to shoot /our neO ri'le. )OS+ I\m #um#e". MIC+AEL Pran"#a #arZs the trucZ. 7ou (oth sit there. Waiting 'or si& a.m. .ATIE Waiting to shoot /our neO ri'le. ACTOR D (AS PRA>D1A* Let\s go% )osh. MATT 7ou (oth get out o' the trucZ. It\s col". 7ou can see /our (reath. )ESSIE Pran"#a Oatches /ou loa" the ri'le\s maga!ine. EMIL7 Ki e shin/ (ullets. MIC+AEL 7ou shoO him the sa'et/ is on. ACTOR D (AS PRA>D1A* Atta (o/. 7ou\ll (e a man (/ the en" o' the "a/. .ATIE Pran"#a #ats /our (acZ. MATT 7ou (oth hea" 'or the 'orest. )ESSIE 7ou see other hunters. EMIL7 All groOn men Oith ri'les. ACTOR D (AS PRA>D1A* >oO /ou Oait here. .ee# still. I\ll "ri e the game toOar"s /ou. MIC+AEL 7ou sit on a log 'or tOo hours. ()osh sits on the 'loor.* .ATIE +ours on a col"% Oet log co ere" Oith moss.

AJ.] MATT Wishing /ou Oere still in a Oarm (e". )ESSIE Wishing /ou ate the oatmeal /our mother (egge" /ou to eat. EMIL7 >ose goes num(. MIC+AEL Kingers go num(. .ATIE Toes go num(. MATT An" /ou ha e a #ro'oun" thought, )OS+ +unting sucZs. )ESSIE 7ou "o!e o''. EMIL7 Do!e 'or 'i e% ten% 'i'teen minutes. MIC+AEL Something OaZes /ou u#. .ATIE Rustling o' "r/ lea es. MATT 7ou "on\t mo e. )ESSIE The rustling lea es soun" comes closer. EMIL7 An" then /ou see it. MIC+AEL A (ucZ. .ATIE Eight #ointer. )OS+ LiZe in a "ream. Ama!ing. MATT Magni'icent. AD.] )ESSIE Strong. EMIL7 1rou". MIC+AEL .een. .ATIE 7ou 'orget /ou\re hunting. MATT 7ou\re taZen (/ its (eaut/. )ESSIE Utterl/ taZen (/ its 'eral (eaut/. EMIL7 Its hot (reath maZing Oeir" ghosts in the col" air. MIC+AEL An" then /ou notice the ri'le in /our han". .ATIE 7ou remem(er Oh/ /ou\re there.

MATT To Zill. )ESSIE .ill the magni'icentUU EMIL7 .ill the strongUU MIC+AEL .ill the #rou"UU .ATIE .ill the Zeen (ucZ. MATT The time has come. )ESSIE Time to (e a man. EMIL7 But "ee# insi"e /ou "on\t ZnoO i' /ou can reall/ #ull the trigger. MIC+AEL But /ou must go home a man (/ the en" o' the "a/. AA.] .ATIE Or sta/ a (o/ Oho #la/s (ang% (ang% /ou\re "ea". )OS+ The (ucZ sees me. Kree!es. MATT 7ou hear /our heart(eat. )ESSIE 7ou raise /our ri'le. ()osh mimes a ri'le. PU>S I> A>7 KORM MUST >E8ER BE 1ART OK T+IS 1LA7.* EMIL7 Can\t 'in" the (ucZ in the sco#eUU MIC+AEL Because /our han"s are shaZing. .ATIE +ol" /our (reath. MATT Crosshairs un"er the (ucZ\s shoul"er. )ESSIE The moment o' truth has come. EMIL7 But this (ucZ\s too (eauti'ul to Zill. MIC+AEL So /ou maZe /our 'ace a masZ. .ATIE A masZ that hi"es /our 'ace. MATT A 'ace that hi"es the #ain. )ESSIE A #ain that eats /our heart. EMIL7 A heart no(o"/ ZnoOs. MIC+AEL 7ou #ull the triggerH >othing ha##ensH .ATIE The sa'et/\s still onH MATT

7ou #anicH AE.] )ESSIE 7ou clicZ the sa'et/ o''. EMIL7 The (ucZ turns an" runs liZe the Oin". MIC+AEL 7ou taZe aimUU ALL DECEASED BamH (On each ^Bam%^ one lou" "rum(eat.* .ATIE Kirst shot missesH ALL DECEASED BamH MATT Secon" shot misses. ALL DECEASED BamH )ESSIE Thir" shot missesH ALL DECEASED BamH EMIL7 Kourth shot missesH MIC+AEL DoOn on one Znee. .ATIE Kin" the (ucZ in the crosshairs. MATT It is so (eauti'ul. )ESSIE Magni'icent. EMIL7 1rou". MIC+AEL Strong. .ATIE All /ou Oant to (e. AB.] MATT But the (ucZ has to "ie so /ou can (e a manUU )ESSIE +as to (lee". EMIL7 +as to 'all. MIC+AEL +as to "ie. .ATIE So /ou can (e a man. ALL DECEASED BamH (Kinal "rum(eat.* MATT BucZ goes "oOnH )OS+

CoolH )ESSIE 7ou tear across the 'iel". EMIL7 7our e/es meet the (ucZ\s. MIC+AEL 7ou see Oho /ou use" to (eUU (Slight (eat.* .ATIE Kull o' 'earUU MATT +el#less. )ESSIE Its chest hea es as (loo" #ulses out liZe catsu#UU EMIL7 Its legs ZicZ as i' to run on the air. MIC+AEL An" it maZes a #iti'ul soun" that maZes /ou hurt insi"eUU .ATIE A cr/ that coul" (e human. A:.] )OS+ AOOO% man. MATT 7ou Oish it Oas all a game. )ESSIE A game. EMIL7 A i"eo game. MIC+AEL )ust hit reset. .ATIE An" start again. MATT Start again. )ESSIE Start all o er again. EMIL7 Because it hurts to see aUU MIC+AEL Beauti'ulUU .ATIE Magni'icentUU MATT 1rou"UU )ESSIE .een (ucZ "/ing on the groun". EMIL7 7ou Oatch its li'e run out. MIC+AEL Bloo" thicZ as catsu#. .ATIE An" Oish /ou coul" taZe it all (acZ. MATT TaZe (acZ the (ullet. )ESSIE

1ut (acZ the (loo". EMIL7 Restore the (ucZ to its ma-est/. AL.] MIC+AEL Pi e (acZ its #ri"e. .ATIE Return its strength. MATT MaZe it Zeen once more. )ESSIE Let it (e Ohat it is an" run liZe the Oin". )OS+ I thought it Ooul" (e 'un. I "i"n\t ZnoO it Ooul" (e liZe this. 1lease "on\t "ie. EMIL7 7our (ucZ taZes its last (reath...7ou almost let /oursel' Oee#. MIC+AEL But /ou hear (oots on "ea" lea es. .ATIE Pran"#a comes out o' (reath. MATT +e sees /our "/ing (ucZ. )ESSIE +e looZs at /ou liZe no one\s e er looZe" at /ou (e'ore. EMIL7 LiZe a man. MIC+AEL As #romise". .ATIE A man (/ the en" o' the "a/. MATT Pran"#a taZes out a camera. ACTOR D (AS PRA>D1A* C\mon% )osh. Can\t /ou smile in /our moment o' glor/3 )ESSIE 7ou sto# /our tears. EMIL7 An" /ou #ose 'or the camera. A[.] MIC+AEL 7ou maZe /our 'ace a masZ. .ATIE A masZ that hi"es /our 'ace. MATT A 'ace that hi"es the #ain. )ESSIE A #ain that eats /our heart. EMIL7 A heart no(o"/ ZnoOs. (Actor D% as Pran"#a% taZes a #olaroi" #icture% han"s it to )osh.* MIC+AEL

>oO /ou ha e #roo' o' Oho /ou are. )ESSIE 7ou carr/ the sna#shot e er/Ohere. (Decease" carr/ the (o& (acZ to original #lace.* EMIL7 7ou Oant the Oorl" to see /ou an" /our (ucZ. .ATIE 7ou\re "/ing to tell the stor/. MATT The stor/ o' hoO /ou tooZ it "oOn. )ESSIE +oO /ou tooZ its magni'icence. EMIL7 TooZ its #ri"e. .ATIE TooZ its strength. MATT Ma"e it #art o' /ou. )ESSIE 1art o' /our masZ. EMIL7 The Zi" that no(o"/ ZnoOs. AF.] (Lights on .atie Oriting in a note(ooZ. Enter )osh.* )OS+ +e/% .atie. .ATIE +i. )OS+ Writing /our thing 'or s#eech class3 (she goes (acZ to her OorZ* Puess Ohat I Orote a(out. (han"s her the sna#shot* The (ucZ I Zille" last OeeZen". Man% it Oas so cool. What\s /ours on3 .ATIE +oO to "um# some(o"/. )OS+ +oO\s it go3 .ATIE Sa/ 'or e&am#le /our (o/'rien" sa/s he\s gonna meet /ou at the mall an" taZe /ou to a mo ie (ut instea" he goes hunting. )OS+ C\mon% .atie. We coul" go out this coming OeeZen". .ATIE I "on\t thinZ Oe shoul" see each other an/more. )OS+ Can\t /ou gi e me another chance3 .ATIE I liZe some(o"/ else noO. )OS+ Who3 .ATIE What\s it matter3 )OS+ )ust tell me Oho.

.ATIE Doesn\t matter. )OS+ Matters to me. AY.] .ATIE Belie e it or not there are some #eo#le Oho "on\t taZe me 'or grante". (Enter Michael.* MIC+AEL Sorr/ I\m late. +e/% )osh. )OS+ +im3 It\s him3 I thought Oe\re 'rien"s3 MIC+AEL We are. )OS+ Some 'rien" Oho sneaZs aroun" Oith m/ girl. .ATIE I\m not /ours. MIC+AEL >o(o"/\s sneaZing aroun"% )osh. .ATIE Can Oe -ust go #lease3 ()osh #ushes Michael Oho #ushes him (acZ an" ZnocZs )osh to the groun". +UPE LAUP+ KROM T+E RUMORS. E&it .atie an" Michael han" in han". Lights on )osh. 8oices in the "arZ. Constant rh/thm 'rom the "rum un"er all rumors.* ACTOR DSRUMOR +ear a(out )osh3 ACTOR ASRUMOR >o% Ohat a(out him3 ACTOR ESRUMOR .ille" a (ucZ. ACTOR BSRUMOR >o Oon"er he OalZs aroun" all (ig an" (a". ACTOR :SRUMOR >ot an/more. ACTOR DSRUMOR What ha##ene"3 ACTOR ASRUMOR .atie "um#e" him 'or Michael. ACTOR ESRUMOR WhoaH +oO\" )osh taZe it3 EJ.] ACTOR BSRUMOR LiZe he "oesn\t care. (Let the 'olloOing rumor lines o erla# in succession, Actor : (egins% ^I Oon"er...^ Cue Actor D Oith% ^What3 )osh...^ Cue Actor A% ^What3 The...^ An" so on till the line% ^What a "orZ%^ Ohich shoul" sticZ out.* ACTOR :SRUMOR I Oon"er i' he reall/ Zille" the (ucZ. ACTOR DSRUMOR What3 )osh "i"n\t shoot the (ucZ3 ACTOR ASRUMOR What3 The sna#shot\s a 'aZe3

ACTOR ESRUMOR What\s a 'aZe3 ACTOR BSRUMOR The sna#shotH ACTOR :SRUMOR )osh ne er shot a (ucZ3 ACTOR DSRUMOR I thinZ he shot the (ull. ACTOR ASRUMOR What a "orZH (The oices in the "arZ laugh mocZingl/.* )OS+ E er/ Zi" in school is laughing at me. MIC+AEL So /ou maZe /our 'ace a masZ. .ATIE A masZ that hi"es /our 'ace. MATT A 'ace that hi"es the #ain. )ESSIE A #ain that eats /our heart. EMIL7 A heart no(o"/ ZnoOs. (8oices in the "arZ laugh.* )OS+ Some"a/% some(o"/\s gonna laugh once too man/ times. ED.] (All laugh. )osh mimes loa"ing a ri'le% aims at the laughter% 'ires three times% each shot highlighte" Oith a lou" "rum(eat outsi"e the rh/thm. The laughter sto#s a(ru#tl/ a'ter the thir" shot. Decease" shine 'lashlights at )osh. Drum out.* MIC+AEL Who are /ou Zilling% )osh3 )OS+ 7ou see an/(o"/ (lee"ing3 .ATIE Who are /ou Zilling in /our min"3 )OS+ >o(o"/. An/(o"/. E er/(o"/. MATT Are /ou stucZ in the mo ie again3 )OS+ What mo ie3 )ESSIE 7our 'a orite mo ie. )OS+ +oO Ooul" /ou ZnoO m/ 'a orite mo ie3 EMIL7 The mo ie that maZes the #ain go aOa/. )OS+ +oO\s it go3 MIC+AEL The Zi" goes (acZ to school Oith a shotgun. )OS+ An"3 .ATIE

BloOs aOa/ all the Zi"s Oho mocZe" him the "a/ (e'ore. )OS+ Shut u#. MATT BloOs aOa/ the teacher too. )OS+ Pet out o' m/ 'ace. EA.] )ESSIE Wh/ are /ou cutting g/m class3 )OS+ Ma/(e I got something (etter to "o. EMIL7 LiZe sneaZ "oOn the em#t/ hallOa/3 MIC+AEL LiZe sneaZ in an em#t/ classroom3 ()osh uses the 'ourth Oall as a (lacZ(oar"% mimes Oriting on it Oith a #iece o' chalZ.* .ATIE What are /ou Oriting on the (lacZ(oar"3 )OS+ (s#eaZing Oor"s as he Orites them,* ^E er/(o"/...in...this...class...is..."ea"...meat.^ MATT Do /ou en-o/ maZing e er/one a'rai"3 )OS+ It\s -ust 'or laughs. )ESSIE E&ce#t no(o"/\s laughing. )OS+ I amH An" the/\re not laughing an/more. EMIL7 7ou en-o/ #olice coming to in estigate3 )OS+ More than I can sa/H (Short "rum rh/thm. A #olice siren (lares as a re" 'lasher sOee#s the stage. )osh laughs.* ACTOR : (AS CO1* Alright% I Oant e er/one to stan" (/ his or her locZer. This /our locZer3 )OS+ 7es% o''icer. ACTOR : (AS CO1* 7ou ZnoO an/thing a(out the Oor"s on the (lacZ(oar"3 )OS+ >o% o''icer. EE.] ACTOR : (AS CO1* 7ou sure3 )OS+ 1ositi e. ACTOR : (AS CO1* 7ou see an/(o"/ go in or come out o' the classroom3 )OS+ >o.

ACTOR : (AS CO1* Where Oere /ou Ohen the Oor"s Oere Oritten on the (lacZ(oar"3 )OS+ I\" ha e to ZnoO Ohen the Oor"s Oere Oritten% Ooul"n\t I% o''icer3 ACTOR : (AS CO1* Let us ZnoO i' /ou hear an/thing. (Lights on )osh laughing. 8oices in the "arZ. Drum rh/thm un"er rumors.* ACTOR DSRUMOR The #rinci#al\s calling an assem(l/. ACTOR ASRUMOR What 'or3 ACTOR ESRUMOR Ma/(e the/ 'oun" out Oho "i" it. ACTOR :SRUMOR That\s Ohat I hear". ACTOR DSRUMOR Don\t ZnoOUU(ut he\s gonna (e haule" u# on stage in 'ront o' the Ohole school an" sus#en"e" on the s#ot. )OS+ (laughing* Potta 'in" him 'irst. ACTOR ASRUMOR The/ shoul" taZe aOa/ all the guns. (Lines (egin o erla##ing again.* ACTOR ESRUMOR E er hear o' the Constitution an" the right to (ear arms3 EB.] ACTOR BSRUMOR +oO are Oe su##ose" to get an e"ucation "o"ging (ullets3 ACTOR :SRUMOR It\s all a hoa&. ACTOR DSRUMOR E er hear o' 1a"ucah3 ACTOR ASRUMOR What a(out )ones(oro an" S#ring'iel"3 ACTOR ESRUMOR It coul" ha##en an/Ohere. ACTOR BSRUMOR There\s a Ziller in e er/ school. ACTOR :SRUMOR Teachers shoul" carr/ guns. ACTOR DSRUMOR 7eah% an" Oe shoul" all Oear (ullet#roo' ests. ()osh stan"s ami" the actors DUB an" the "ecease" Oho maZe i"le chatter liZe Zi"s gathering in the au"itorium. Decease" shine 'lashlight on 1rinci#al as she enters. >eO "rum rh/thm at entrance% then "rum out.* ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* (Re#eat* Alright #eo#le% let\s settle "oOn... ACTOR A 7ou\re sOeating% )osh.

)OS+ It\s hot in here% oZa/3 (Klashlights out.* ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* Someone in this au"itorium Orote some er/ threatening Oor"s on the (lacZ(oar". 1erha#s the (lacZ(oar" #hantom Orote those Oor"s in -est% #erha#s in anger. Whate er the case... )OS+ BlacZ(oar" #hantomH Lo e thatH ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* ...I' the guilt/ #art/ surren"ers in m/ o''ice sometime to"a/% the #unishment Oill (e minimal... E:.] ACTOR E Ma/(e she ZnoOs it\s /ou% )osh. )OS+ I' she ZneO it Oas me% she Ooul"n\t sa/ it liZe that. ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* But i' Oe "isco er Oho he or she is...The #unishment Oill (e se ere. I' /ou ZnoO Oho the (lacZ(oar" #hantom is an" "on\t tell us% /ou Oill (e -ust as guilt/. ACTOR B She\s looZing at /ou% )osh. )OS+ An" I #oZerU'ace her right (acZ. MIC+AEL So /ou maZe /our 'ace a masZ. .ATIE A masZ that hi"es /our 'ace. MATT A 'ace that hi"es the #ain. )ESSIE A #ain that eats /our heart. EMIL7 A heart no(o"/ ZnoOs. (Lights on )osh. Drum rh/thm un"er rumor lines. 8oices in the "arZ. Decease" gather (ehin" )osh.* ACTOR DSRUMOR Who coul" it (e3 ACTOR ASRUMOR I thinZ it\s Ran"/. ACTOR ESRUMOR +oO "o /ou ZnoO3 ACTOR BSRUMOR The looZ in his e/e. DECEASED 1a"ucah% )ones(oro% S#ring'iel". ()osh% uneas/% crosses aOa/% (ut still en-o/s the rumors. Decease" 'olloO.* ACTOR :SRUMOR The/ "on\t ha e a clueH EL.] ACTOR DSRUMOR Who coul" it (e3

ACTOR ASRUMOR An/(o"/ in this school. ACTOR ESRUMOR M/ #arents Oant me to sta/ home till the Ziller\s 'oun". ACTOR BSRUMOR What Ziller3 >o(o"/\s "ea". DECEASED 1a"ucah% )ones(oro% S#ring'iel". ()osh mo es aOa/ 'rom them again. Decease" 'olloO again% (ut not so closel/% #erha#s u#stage.* ACTOR :SRUMOR 7ou lucZe" out. Wish m/ #arents 'elt that Oa/. (Lines (egin to o erla# again% (uil"ing in intensit/. )osh en-o/s them thinZing he\s 'inall/ esca#e" the "ecease".* ACTOR DSRUMOR We\re all -ust Oaiting 'or a massacre to ha##en. ACTOR ASRUMOR We shoul"n\t talZ a(out it. ACTOR ESRUMOR Wh/ not3 ACTOR BSRUMOR Ma/(e Oe coul" maZe it ha##en i' Oe Zee# talZing a(out it. ACTOR :SRUMOR We nee" some e&citement aroun" here. ACTOR DSRUMOR That\s stu#i". ACTOR ASRUMOR Kor all I ZnoO% /ou\re the Ziller. ACTOR ESRUMOR 7eah% an" ma/(e it\s /ou. ACTOR BSRUMOR Who ZnoOs3 This coul" (e the last "a/ o' m/ li'e. ACTOR :SRUMOR I thinZ it\s Melissa. E[.] ACTOR DSRUMOR Wh/ "o /ou sa/ that3 ACTOR ASRUMOR +er locZer is right ne&t to the classroom. ACTOR ESRUMOR I Oas Oith Melissa all "a/. ACTOR BSRUMOR Then ma/(e /ou an" Melissa "i" it together. DECEASED 1a"ucah% )ones(oro% S#ring'iel". (Krom (ehin" )osh% the/ startle him.* )OS+ Lo e to see \em s2uirmH It\s Zilling me not to tell. (Decease"% e&ce#t .atie% ste# (acZ as area lights go u# on .atie rea"ing a (ooZ. )osh turns to see her there.* )OS+ +e/% .atie. (.atie looZs at )osh% (eat% goes (acZ to her (ooZ.* )OS+

Can\t /ou sa/ hi3 .ATIE +i. )OS+ Wha\cha "oin\3 .ATIE Duh. )OS+ Wanna go 'or a #i!!a a'ter school3 .ATIE Michael Ooul"n\t liZe that. )OS+ Tell /ou the truth% I Oasn\t thinZing o' (ringing him along. .ATIE E&cuse me. I\m (us/. )OS+ Who "o /ou thinZ it is3 EF.] .ATIE Who3 )OS+ The (lacZ(oar" #hantom. .ATIE I ha e no i"ea% (ut he "i" me a 'a or. )OS+ +oO3 .ATIE Calculus class Oas cancelle" 'or the assem(l/. I Oasn\t rea"/ 'or the test. )OS+ I ZnoO Oho it is. .ATIE Pi e him m/ regar"s. )OS+ I Oill. .ATIE Who is it3 )OS+ 1romise" I Ooul"n\t tell. .ATIE 7ou\re -ust a lot o' talZ. )OS+ ThinZ so3 .ATIE .noO so. Who\s he ma" at3 Who\s gonna (e "ea" meat3 )OS+ +e "i"n\t sa/ (ut he\s liZe Santa ClausUUmaZing a list% checZing it tOice. .ATIE List o' Ohat3 )OS+ >ames to Orite on the (ullets. E er/ (ullet has some(o"/\s name on it. .ATIE Wh/ Ooul" the (lacZ(oar" #hantom con'i"e in /ou3 )OS+

We\re (u"s. EY.] .ATIE 7ou\re 'ull o' it. )OS+ ThinZ so3 .ATIE .noO so. )OS+ 7ou\re Orong. .ATIE Who is it3 )OS+ I #romise". .ATIE 7ou "on\t ZnoO. )OS+ 7ou Oon\t tell3 .ATIE >o. )OS+ 1romise3 .ATIE 7es. )OS+ Cross /our heart an" ho#e to "ie3 .ATIE 7es. )OS+ 7ou\ll (e the onl/ #erson Oho ZnoOs (esi"es me. .ATIE Who is it3 )OS+ 7ou\re looZin\ at him. (.atie laughs an" e&its. The chorus laughs mocZingl/. )osh con'ronts them.* )OS+ An/(o"/ Oanna laugh in m/ 'ace3 (Chorus goes silent* That\s Ohat I thought. There\s a #otential Ziller on the looseH Won"er Oho he or she is3 BJ.] ()osh turns to 'in" the school #rinci#al in his 'ace.* ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* Can I s#eaZ Oith /ou in m/ o''ice% )osh3 Come in. +a e a seat. )OS+ ThanZs. ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* An/thing /ou Oant to sa/ to me3 )OS+ >ot reall/. ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* 7ou sure3 )OS+ Oh% /eah. Preat hair.

ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* An/thing else3 )OS+ Well% /es% there is something. ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* Poo". What\s that3 )OS+ We all reall/ ho#e /ou catch that nut Oho Orote on the (lacZ(oar". ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* 7ou "o3 )OS+ We\ll all 'eel (etter ZnoOing Oe\re sa'e. ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* We ZnoO 'or a 'act that /ou\re the (lacZ(oar" #hantom% )osh. ()osh laughs* 7ou Oant to con'ess3 )OS+ I Oas in g/m class. ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* The instructor sai" /ou tooZ a er/ long (athroom (reaZ. )OS+ 7ou can\t #ro e a thing. BD.] ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* We ha e a snitch. )OS+ Who3 ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* 7ou. )OS+ What3 ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* We com#are" the Oriting on the (lacZ(oar" to /our last essa/ in English class. It\s a #er'ect match. )OS+ .atie% right3 Wasn\t it .atie3 ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* Do /ou Oant to maZe it eas/ an" con'ess3 )OS+ Wh/ con'ess Ohen I "i"n\t "o an/thing3 ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* It\s tragic Ohen a gi'te" /oung man throOs aOa/ an e"ucationUU'or Ohat3 A chil"ish #ranZ. 7ou ZnoO a(out our !ero tolerance #olic/ o' iolence or e en the threat o' iolence. I ha e no choice (ut to e&#ell /ou 'or the rest o' the /ear. )OS+ Because o' some stu#i" Oor"s on the (lacZ(oar" I ha e to re#eat the gra"e3 ACTOR : (AS 1RI>CI1AL* >ot i' /ou maZe it u# in summer school. ()osh (acZs aOa/ screaming ^I Oon\t go^ as Chorus laughs mocZingl/. Lights o'' Actor :. Lights on Actor D an" E as )osh\s #arents.*

)OS+ I Oon\t goH I Oon\t goH ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* )osh% /ou Oill go to summer school no matter Ohat. )OS+ Sit in hot class all "a/ Ohile other Zi"s can "o Ohat the/ Oant3 An" stu"/ on summer nights3 ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* 7ou shoul"\ e thought a(out that (e'ore /ou Orote on the (lacZ(oar". BA.] ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* An" /ou\re groun"e"% )osh. )OS+ Kor hoO long3 ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* All summer. )OS+ I can\t go hunting Oith gran"#a3 ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* 7ou (roZe /our #romise. We\ e taZen /our ri'le aOa/. )OS+ I\" rather (e "ea"H ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* Oh% )osh% /ou "on\t reall/ mean that. )OS+ 7ou\ll see i' I mean itH 7ou\ll all seeH I can taZe onl/ so muchH E&#elle"H Summer schoolH O'' the 'oot(all teamH .i"s laughing at meH >o huntingH I\m #ushe" to m/ limitsH ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* I thinZ /ou shoul" calm "oOn. )OS+ I Oant m/ ri'le (acZ. 7ou ga e it to me. ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* We\re sorr/. 7ou\ll get it (acZ Ohen Oe see a real change in /our attitu"e. )OS+ It Oas a gi't. At least /ou sai" it Oas. Puess I can\t (elie e a Oor" /ou sa/. ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* 7ou\re in enough trou(le% )osh. Don\t maZe it an/ Oorse. )OS+ I hate /ou (oth. I Oish /ou Ooul" -ust "ie so I Ooul"n\t ha e to looZ at /ou an/more. ()osh mimes a #istol Oith his han"% shoots them (oth.* ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* 7ou can\t talZ that Oa/ to us an/more. Po to /our roomH BE.] )OS+ >oH Wh/ "o /ou ha e to taZe aOa/ the thing that means the most to me3 ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* Because Oe\ e raise" /ou Orong. We trie" to gi e

/ou a goo" li'e (ut all Oe "i" Oas 'ee" /our a##etites. )OS+ Where is it3 Where\s m/ ri'le3 ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* It\s locZe" u#. An" i' /our attitu"e "oesn\t im#ro e% Oe\ll sell it. ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* An" starting tomorroO morning /ou ha e an a##ointment Oith a #s/chothera#ist. )OS+ Summer school. >o ri'le. >o 'rien"s. >o #hone. 1s/cho torture. Dis o' "ises. It\s o er. M/ li'e is o er. It\s o er. ()osh throOs a tantrum #oun"ing on the 'loor shouting ^It\s o er.^ Lights on Actor B as 1s/chothera#ist.* ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* +oO are /ou% )osh3 )OS+ +oO goo" coul" I (e i' I\m 'orce" to see a #s/chothera#ist3 ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* Don\t /ou Oant to get to the (ottom o' /our #ro(lems3 )OS+ I ha e nothing to sa/ to /ou. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* Wh/ not3 )OS+ I' I tol" /ou then I Ooul" ha e something to sa/% Ooul"n\t I3 Duh. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* I\ e talZe" to some #eo#le at /our school. )OS+ TalZe" to Oho3 BB.] ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* 7our 'oot(all coach #raise" /our team s#irit. Des#ite /our nee" to (e the class cloOn% /our teachers sa/ /ou\re er/ (right an" #leasant. 7ou ha e ha" ama!ing gra"es in the #ast. There\s a rumor that /ou\re a (ig hit Oith the girls. )OS+ I (roZe a 'eO hearts. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* With all o' that going 'or /ou% Oh/ "i" /ou maZe a threat on the (lacZ(oar"3 )OS+ Wh/\" the chicZen cross the roa"3 ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* I gi e u#. )OS+ To #ro e it Oasn\t chicZen. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* Wh/\" the monZe/ 'all out o' the tree3 )OS+ Don\t ZnoO3 ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST*

It "ie". Wh/\" the secon" monZe/ 'all out o' the tree3 )OS+ Don\t ZnoO. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* It "ie". Wh/\" the thir" monZe/ 'all out o' the tree3 )OS+ It "ie". ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* >o. 1eer #ressure. )OS+ +a% ha% ha. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* Wh/ "i" /ou Orite on the (lacZ(oar"% )osh3 )OS+ Ma/(e it\s m/ chil"hoo". Ma/(e it\s m/ genes. Ma/(e it\s m/ !o"iac. Ma/(e the De il ma"e me "o it. B:.] ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* Ma/(e /ou -ust chose to "o it an" it\s no(o"/\s 'ault (ut /our oOn. )OS+ I "on\t liZe /ou. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* That\s not re2uire". But it is re2uire" /ou tell the truth. Di" /ou mean Ohat /ou Orote on the (lacZ(oar"3 Is there some(o"/ /ou Oant to turn into "ea" meat3 )OS+ Wh/\" the chicZen cross the roa"3 ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* To a oi" ansOering 2uestions. )OS+ I\m outta here. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* 7ou nee" #s/chothera#/ sessions to get (acZ into school. )OS+ Ma/(e I\m not going (acZ to school. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* Oh3 What Oill /ou "o3 )OS+ Ma/(e I\ll -oin a gang. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* Don\t /ou thinZ that\s sel'U"estructi e3 )OS+ So Ohat. M/ li'e is -unZ. Ma/(e I\ll -ust Zill m/sel'. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Boom. >o more #ain. ACTOR : (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* +ear a(out )osh3 ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* >o% Ohat noO3 ACTOR : (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* BleO out his (rains.

ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* What a loser. BL.] ACTOR : (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* AlOa/s Oas a Oeenie. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* 7ou thinZ a(out suici"e% )osh3 )OS+ Sometimes. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* LiZe Ohen3 )OS+ When I hear the oices. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* What oices3 )OS+ 8oices. I can -ust imagine Ohat the/ must (e sa/ing a(out me. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* 8oices in the air or oices in /our hea"3 )OS+ In m/ hea". ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* Whose oices3 )OS+ .i"s. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* .i"s /ou ZnoO3 )OS+ .i"s% Zi"s% all the Zi"s at school. ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* Wh/ "oes that (other /ou3 )OS+ It -ust "oes% oZa/3 ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* +ear a(out )osh3 ACTOR : (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* >o% Ohat3 ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* 1rinci#al ma"e \em see a shrinZ. B[.] ACTOR : (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* BlacZ(oar" #hantom\s "oin\ summer school. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* The great hunter\s gotta re#eat the gra"e. (All laugh.* ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST* )osh% I\" reall/ liZe to run some me"ical tests to see i' Oe can relie e /our #ain Oith me"ication. 7ou\ll ha e to sta/ o ernight in the hos#ital. )OS+ The loone/ (in3 7ou ZnoO hoO much 'ace I\ll lose Oith Zi"s at school Ohen the/ 'in" out I\m a nut case3 M/ li'e sucZs. (All laugh.* ACTOR B (AS 1S7C+OT+ERA1IST*

Wh/\" the monZe/ 'all out o' the tree3 )OS+ Because I shot it "ea"H (Lights o'' Actor B.* )OS+ Stu#i"H Stu#i"H Stu#i"H (8oices laugh mocZingl/* Wish some(o"/ Ooul" #ut me out o' m/ miser/H (A'ter a moment o' a(solute silenceUU* ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Boom. )OS+ Who\s there3 ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Boom. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* >o more #ain... )OS+ Who sai" that3 ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* 7ou. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* 7our li'e is o er% )osh. BF.] ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* O er. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* O er. ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* O er. )OS+ Who\s there3 ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* 7ou. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* 7ou. ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* 7ou. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Do it in the li ing room 'or /our #arents to see. (Drum returns so'tl/.* )OS+ What "o /ou mean3 ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Lea e /our (rains on the Oall. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* MaZe \em 'eel (a". ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* The ri'le\s locZe" in the closet. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* BreaZ the locZ. ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Boom. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* >o more #ain. )OS+ That\s "um(.

ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* )osh the -oZe Oill (e a /ear (ehin" all his 'rien"s. (8oices laugh mocZingl/.* BY.] ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* While e er/(o"/\s ha ing 'un in the sun% )osh is rea"ing go((leU"eUgooZ in a (ooZH (8oices laugh mocZingl/.* )OS+ Shut u#H Sto# itH ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Onl/ /ou can maZe them sto#% )osh. )OS+ +oO3 ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* 7ou ZnoO. )OS+ What "o /ou mean3 ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Boom. )OS+ Whoa. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* One (ullet Ooul" 2uiet them 'ore er. (8oices laugh mocZingl/. Drum returns.* ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* 7ou\" en" /our #ain an" sto# the oices in /our hea". )OS+ I "on\t Oant to (e thinZing thisH (8oices laugh mocZingl/.* ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* ShoO \em Oho /ou are. The Ohole school Ooul" stan" in aOe o' /ou. 7ou\" (e a legen" 'or /ears to come. ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* .ill the oices% )osh. )OS+ Does it hurt3 ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Bullet in the hea"3 7ou\ll ne er 'eel a thing. )OS+ I\m scare". :J.] (8oices laugh mocZingl/.* )OS+ +oO "o I "o this3 (Drum out.* MIC+AEL MaZe /our 'ace a masZ. .ATIE A masZ that hi"es /our 'ace. MATT A 'ace that hi"es the #ain. )ESSIE A #ain that eats /our heart. EMIL7 A heart no(o"/ ZnoOs.

)OS+ +ere goes...But su##ose I (otch it3 (8oices laugh mocZingl/.* ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* 7ou\ll (e a -oZe. ACTOR D (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* +ear a(out )osh3 Trie" to o'' himsel' (ut he (leO itH (8oices laugh mocZingl/.* ACTOR E (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* >oO he\s a #athetic Oanna(e 'ore erH ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* )osh the -oZeH (8oices laugh mocZingl/.* )OS+ I can\t "o thisH I\ll (e )osh the -oZe 'ore erH ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Then /ou ha e to sto# the oices another Oa/% )osh. )OS+ +oO3 ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* TOo (o&es o' (ullets shoul" "o it. It\s almost lunchtime. :D.] )OS+ Whoa...The/\ll all (e in the ca'eteria noO. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Imagine their 'aces Ohen the hunter OalZs in. The/ see /ou in camo hol"ing /our ri'le. Instant res#ect. )u"gment "a/. )OS+ LiZe the mo ie. ACTOR D (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* 1a"ucah. ACTOR E (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* )ones(oro. ACTOR : (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* S#ring'iel". ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* TaZe \em Oith /ou. ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* With /ou. ACTOR : (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* With /ou. )OS+ Whoa. >o(o"/ coul" to# that. ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* 7ou "on\t hear the oices laughing an/more% "o /ou% )osh3 ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD% 8OICE I> DAR.* )osh3 7ou home3 (Drum returns. 8oices laugh mocZingl/ in a rising crescen"o Oith the "rum.* )OS+ Who\s that3 ACTOR A (AS )OS+\S DAD% 8OICE I> DAR.* )osh3 7ou home3

ACTOR D (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* The/\ll taZe /ou to the loone/ (inH (Lights on Actor D as )osh\s "a".* :A.] ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* )osh% the "octor calle" me at OorZ an" asZe" /our mother an" I to "ri e /ou to the hos#ital...+oO\" /ou get the ri'le3 ACTOR A (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Don\t chicZen out noOH ACTOR B (8OICE I> T+E DAR.* Unless /ou Oanna (e )osh the -oZe. ACTOR D (AS )OS+\S DAD* 1ut that "oOnH (Actor D a" ances. The "rum rises to a crescen"o.* DECEASED A>D C+ORUS DEADH DEADH DEADH (Lights out on Actor D. +e turns (acZ to the au"ience an" stan"s still.* )OS+ What "i" I "o3 ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM% 8OICE I> DAR.* )osh3 What Oas that noise3 )OS+ Mom3 (Lights on Actor E as )osh\s mom.* ACTOR E (AS )OS+\S MOM* )osh% Ohat ha e /ou "one3 MIC+AEL MaZe /our 'ace a masZ. .ATIE A masZ that hi"es /our 'ace. MATT A 'ace that hi"es the #ain. (Actor E as )osh\s mom Zneels an" gestures to the (o"/ Oe can\t see.* )ESSIE A #ain that eats /our heart. EMIL7 A heart no(o"/ ZnoOs. )OS+ I lo e /ou% mom. :E.] ()osh 'licZs the 'lashlight tOice.* DECEASED A>D C+ORUS DEADH DEADH (Actor E turns her (acZ to the au"ience. All lights o''. )osh hol"s the 'lashlight un"er his chin as he s#eaZs to the turne" (acZs o' his #arents.* )OS+ Mom3 (A 'emale oice in the "arZ starts to hum an" then sing ^TOinZle TOinZle Little Star^ un"er the monologue* Da"3 7ou ma"e me "o this. I Oante" to Zill /ou (ut I "i"n\t Oant /ou "ea". +oO else coul" I tell /ou

Ohat\s on m/ min" Oithout /ou interru#ting3 Mom3 +oO are /ou singing noO i' /ou\re "ea"3 Sto# it. 7ou use" to sing that to me Ohen I coul"n\t slee#. Sto# it% #lease3 Don\t I ha e enough #ain3 Isn\t it har" enough (eing no(o"/3 Isn\t it tough enough that e er/(o"/ looZs at me liZe I\m a (roZen trash(ag3 Where "o I 'it in3 Where can I go an" not ha e an/(o"/ on m/ (acZ3 At school the teachers are gi ing this test an" that #a#er an" "on\t "o this an" "on\t "o that. Then I come home an" /ou alOa/s 'in" something that I "i"n\t "o an" I\m ne er goo" enough. I guess I\m -ust sicZ o' /ou (eing "isa##ointe" in me all the time. Remem(er Ohen /ou taught me the out'iel"ers glo e% "a"% an" I caught a highU'l/ in the Little League cham#ionshi# game an" /ou carrie" me o'' the 'iel"3 Wh/ can\t it (e liZe that3 Wh/\s it so eas/ to talZ to /ou noO3 An/Oa/% thanZs 'or listening. (Chorus e&its. The 'i e "ecease" enter one (/ one% noO each Oearing OhiteV Matt in a Ohite "ress shirt% .atie in a Ohite (louse% )essie in a Ohite tUshirt% Michael in a Ohite sOeatshirt an" Ohite (ase(all ca# turne" (acZOar"s% Emil/ in a Ohite sOeatshirt. Matt enters 'irst% carries a (ottle o' catsu#% sits% #ours some on some imaginar/ 'ries% (egins to eat% then starts on some homeOorZ. .atie enters% sits ne&t to Matt an" asZs to (orroO a homeOorZ assignment% Matt agrees% (ut asZs her to Oait till he 'inishes the #ro(lem he\s OorZing on. Michael enters asZing .atie to go Oith him to get some 'oo"% )essie rushes in to tell Matt she\s (een acce#te" to college. Emil/ sto#s (/ to tell .atie she\ll (e late% etc. Im#ro ise casual "ialogue (ut "on\t alloO an/thing to a''ect #lot or character. As the "ialogue (uil"s to a crescen"o% Matt% "es#eratel/ tr/ing to concentrate on his homeOorZ% 'inall/ raises his oice an" asZs them to (e 2uiet so he can "o his OorZ. Silence% then together e er/one continues at the same olume an" #ace. Matt slum#s in "e'eat. :B.] Lights u# on )osh onl/% in a militar/ stance. Silence. Beat. .atie taZes her 'lashlight% turns it on un"er her chin.* .ATIE Wh/ me3 7ou liZe" me. )OS+7ou snitche" on me. .ATIE Wh/ "o /ou ha e to shoot me through the heart3 (Michael s2uee!es catsu# into .atie\s han". She smears it on her heart.* )OS+ Where "o /ou thinZ /ou shot me3 Wh/ "o /ou #reten" I\m not there3 M/ #arents "on\t see me. .i"\s in school "on\t see me. 7ou "on\t see me. I\m in isi(le sometimes. (Michael ste#s 'orOar"% 'lashlight un"er chin.* MIC+AEL Wh/ me3 I ha" a 'oot(all scholarshi#.

)OS+ 7ou Oere e er/thing I Oante" to (e. ()essie s2uee!es catsu# into Michael\s han". +e sla#s it on his hat% on the si"e o' his hea".* MIC+AEL Wh/ "o /ou ha e to shoot me through the hea"3 )OS+ 7ou shoul" ha e 'igure" that Ohen /ou #ushe" me. ()essie ste#s 'orOar"% 'lashlight un"er her chin.* )ESSIE Wh/ me3 I "on\t e en ZnoO /ou. (Matt s2uee!es catsu# into her han"* I ne er e en s#oZe to /ou. Wh/ me3 What right "o /ou ha e to taZe all the li'e I coul"\ e li e"3 (sla#s catsu# on her a("omen* Keel liZe a man Ohen /ou shot me in the stomach3 (Matt an" Emil/ s2uee!e catsu# in their oOn han"s "uring )essie\s line.* )OS+ 7ou ha e no i"ea Ohat it\s liZe to (e some(o"/ one "a/% an" no(o"/ the ne&t. ::.] (Matt ste#s 'orOar"% 'lashlight un"er his chin.* MATT Wh/ me3 I ha" m/ Ohole li'e (e'ore me. )OS+ So "i" I. MATT (Matt s2uee!es catsu# on his shirt collar* +oO\" it 'eel to shoot me through the necZ3 )OS+ Don\t ZnoO. (Emil/ ste#s 'orOar"% 'lashlight un"er her chin.* EMIL7 All m/ li'e I\ e (een taught to 'orgi e. That 'orgi eness is 'or the 'orgi er. But I -ust can\t. >ot until I ZnoO Ohat\s reall/ in /our heart. I nee" to ZnoO% )osh. Wh/ me3 (sla#s it on her chest* Wh/ me3 )OS+ I' /ou ZnoO all m/ thoughts% Oh/ "on\t /ou ZnoO that3 EMIL7 We Oant to hear /ou sa/ it to /oursel'...Wh/% )osh3 MIC+AEL Wh/ her3 .ATIE Wh/ him3 MATT Wh/ them3 )ESSIE Wh/ me3 EMIL7 Wh/ an/(o"/% )osh3 )OS+ Sometimes I hate (eing ali e% (ut I\m a'rai" to (e

"ea". .ATIE .noO Ohat I hate a(out (eing "ea"3 7ou can\t call u# an" or"er a #i!!a. (Decease" gather aroun" the (o& casuall/.* :L.] MIC+AEL 1e##eroni. )ESSIE E&tra cheese. EMIL7 Parlic. ALL +ol" the ancho iesH MIC+AEL Cheese(urgers. .ATIE With (acon. MATT An" 'ries. )ESSIE Drenche" in ranch "ressing. EMIL7 Tri#le chocolate milZshaZes. MATT Chocolate chi# cooZies. .ATIE With milZ. MATT Col" milZ. )ESSIE So man/ things to miss. EMIL7 7ou coul" ne er name them all. ALL >e er. (With (acZgroun" music. The tone is sa" -o/UUsa" that it\s gone% -o/'ul in remem(rance. Sometimes the/ are o(li ious o' )osh% other times the/ "irect the lines at him. At the "irector\s "iscretion% cut one or tOo o' the 'olloOing sections (: or DJ lines* an" let the Actors im#ro ise. Let each actor #ersonali!e things the/ noO ha e that the/ miss. Let each line (egin Oith% ^I missUU^. Let none o' it inter'ere Oith #lot% character or tone.* :[.] MIC+AEL I miss cruising% Oin"oOs "oOn% ra"io u#. .ATIE I miss l/ing on m/ (e" in the "arZ 'alling aslee# to a CD. MATT I miss getting shot "oOn (/ girls. )ESSIE I miss Ohen a gu/ gets that looZ in his e/eH An" /ou ZnoO he\s gonna asZ /ou outH

EMIL7 An" then he sa/s% Can I (orroO /our math (ooZ3 (These lines (egin to o erla#.* MIC+AEL I miss Ohen she ansOers (e'ore /ou e en 'inish asZingUU .ATIE I\" lo e toH MATT I miss Ohen /ou go in 'or the Ziss an" then it ha##ens an" it\s much% much (etter than /ou "reame" it Ooul" (e. )ESSIE I miss (oOling. EMIL7 I miss seeing )o"/ Ohen she has that looZ on her 'ace that she\s got another stu#i" -oZe to tell me. MIC+AEL I miss mom\s rocZUhar" (roOnies. .ATIE I miss m/ "og Ohen I come home 'rom school. MATT I miss hoO m/ "og -um#s all o er me an" (arZs 'or a treat. )ESSIE I miss ca''eine. EMIL7 I miss Ohen /ou taZe a neO #air o' -eans in the "ressing room an" #ut them on an" the/ 'it #er'ect. :F.] MIC+AEL I miss cheese #u''s. .ATIE I miss so"a 'i!! ticZling m/ nose. MATT I miss lo ing someone. (Emil/ gets e er/one\s attention. The/ listen.* )ESSIE I miss 'i&ing m/ hair in the morning. EMIL7 I miss going to the mail(o& an" getting a letter that I "i"n\t e&#ect. MIC+AEL A han" Oritten letter. (.atie mo es DC. The others 'olloO one (/ one on their lines. This is a""resse" to the au"ience.* .ATIE I miss -um#ing into a cool #ool on a hot "a/. MATT I miss snee!ing. )ESSIE I miss slee#ing. EMIL7 I miss goo" times in Louisiana. MIC+AEL I miss roller(la"ing. .ATIE

I miss Ohen /ou start the school /ear an" /ou o#en a (ooZ 'or the 'irst time an" the s#ine cracZs. MATT I miss going into the ca'eteria an" "eci"ing Oho I Oant to sit Oith. )ESSIE I miss laughing so har" I start to cr/. EMIL7 I miss OatersZiing in Peorgia. MIC+AEL I miss (eing home alone Oith a microOa e (ag o' #o#corn an" the remote in m/ han" channel sur'ing. :Y.] .ATIE I miss gi ing m/ "og a (ath an" she shaZes an" gi es me a shoOer. MATT I miss mom\s cooZing. )ESSIE I miss mom\s cooZing Oa'ting through the house an" tr/ing to guess Ohat it is. EMIL7 I miss #icZing a college. MIC+AEL I miss talZing Oith 'rien"s on the #hone a'ter mi"night. .ATIE I miss going in a grocer/ store an" (eing a(le to (u/ an/thing I Oant. MATT I miss hanging out. )ESSIE I miss the en" o' a race Ohen I\m out o' (reath an" I 'eel so goo" a(out m/sel'. EMIL7 I miss screaming at the 'oot(all games. MIC+AEL I miss the en" o' the "a/ school (ell% the 'eeling in the air Ohen /ou can go home. (.atie crosses to a neO #osition to looZ at )osh. The others 'olloO on their lines.* .ATIE I miss m/ (e". MATT I miss singing in the shoOer. )ESSIE I miss getting into a 'ight Oith m/ (rother an" acting liZe nothing ha##ene" 'i e minutes later. EMIL7 I miss maZing mom laugh so har" she can\t har"l/ (reathe. MIC+AEL I miss Oatching the sZ/ go 'rom light to "arZ. LJ.] .ATIE An" "arZ to light.

MATT I miss% e en at m/ age% not (eing a(le to slee# on Christmas E e. )ESSIE I miss learning neO songs on the #iano. EMIL7 (TO DECEASED* I miss singing to the ra"io in 'ront o' the mirror. MIC+AEL ()OI>I>P I>* An" #reten"ing I\m in concert. .ATIE A>D ALL SROH MATT (DECEASED% `C% LI>ES O8ERLA1* I miss Sun"a/ (runch. )ESSIE I miss .ris#/ .reme "onuts. EMIL7 I miss o#ening a "oor on a Ointer\s "a/ an" 'eeling the cool rush o' col" air on m/ 'ace. MIC+AEL I miss hitting on girls. .ATIE I miss -um#ing on the tram#oline Oith si& #eo#le at a time. MATT I miss sOimming in the 'ountain at mi"night. )ESSIE I miss #eo#le Oatching. EMIL7 I miss the looZ in m/ (rother\s e/e -ust (e'ore he #ulls his neOest Orestling mo e on me. (Music 'a"es out. )osh interru#ts.* )OS+ I ne er thought I Oas taZing aOa/ all thatH >e erH MIC+AEL >e er3 What "o /ou ZnoO a(out ne er3 I\ll ne er "o all I Oante" to "o. LD.] ALL >e er. .ATIE I\ll ne er achie e m/ "reams. ALL >e er. MATT I\ll ne er see all I Oante" to see. ALL >e er. )ESSIE I\ll ne er ZnoO all I Oante" to ZnoO. ALL >e er. EMIL7 >ot e er. (At the "irector\s "iscretion% cut one or tOo o' the 'olloOing sections (: or DJ lines* an" let the actors im#ro ise. Let the actors #ersonali!e those things the/ ne er ha". Let each line (egin Oith% ^I\ll ne erUU^.

Let none o' it inter'ere Oith #lot% character% or tone.* .ATIE I\ll ne er (e an aunt. (Music continues. Characters listen res#ect'ull/ to each other.* MIC+AEL I\ll ne er ZnoO Ohat it is to li e on m/ oOn an" (e in"e#en"ent. MATT I\ll ne er ha e the chance to (e a (etter #erson. )ESSIE I\ll ne er go to college an" ha e a "ou(le ma-or. EMIL7 I\ll ne er 'in" the right #erson to s#en" m/ li'e Oith. MIC+AEL An" maZe a marriage OorZ. ()osh% on the outsi"e% mo es in% ho#ing 'or an in itation. The/ ignore him.* LA.] )OS+ I missUU (The/ "roOn him out.* .ATIE An" gi e lo e. MATT An" get lo e. )ESSIE I\ll ne er meet a (eauti'ul% intelligent% caring 'raternit/ (o/ Oho Oill looZ at me an" see #er'ection. EMIL7 I\ll ne er (e marrie" in a Ohite "ress an" ha e a huge Oe""ing. MIC+AEL I\ll ne er maZe neO 'rien"s. .ATIE I\ll ne er (e a #s/chologist. MATT I\ll ne er #la/ catch Oith m/ son. )ESSIE I\ll ne er ha e long talZs at a can"le lit ta(le in the corner o' a little restaurant. EMIL7 I\ll ne er (e nineteen the Oa/ I alOa/s "reame" a(out. MIC+AEL I\ll ne er ZnoO Ohat it is to come home 'rom OorZ an" o#en the "oor an" all m/ Zi"s run to me an" #ull me "oOn on the 'loor an" smother me Oith hugs an" Zisses. .ATIE I\ll ne er 'in" out i' the #s/chic Oas rightUUOill I get Ohat I Oant or sell use" cars3 MATT I\ll ne er ZnoO Ohat it is to oOn m/ oOn car. (Mo ing DC% to the au"ience. One (/ one the rest -oin

him.* LE.] )ESSIE I\ll ne er ha e m/ (eauti'ul 'rat (o/ hol" m/ han" in the "eli er/ room o' the maternit/ Oar" telling me to #ush% #ush% #ush Ohile I tell him to shut u#. EMIL7 I\ll ne er oOn a re" con erti(le. MIC+AEL I\ll ne er 'l/ a #lane. .ATIE Or sail a (oat. MATT Or see the Dea" Sea. )ESSIE I\ll ne er ha e three chil"ren Oho looZ -ust liZe m/ 'rat (o/ so that Ohen I Ziss them I\m Zissing him. EMIL7 I\ll ne er see m/ limits. MIC+AEL Or reall/ ZnoO m/sel'. .ATIE I\ll ne er learn all mom\s reci#es. MATT I\ll ne er ha e a chance to maZe "a" #rou" o' me. )ESSIE I\ll ne er cr/ at m/ chil"ren\s gra"uation. EMIL7 I\ll ne er see 1aris. (Turning to )osh. One (/ one% each turn on their oOn lines.* MIC+AEL Or ToZ/o. .ATIE Or learn to 'l/ 'ish. MATT Or get Oash(oar" a(s. )ESSIE I\ll ne er ha e an e#ita#h that rea"s ^Belo e" mother% gran"mother% an" Oi'e. Die" at D[.^ LB.] )OS+ What "o /ou Oant 'rom me3 I can\t (ring /ou (acZ to li'eH I' I coul"% I Ooul"H Don\t /ou see that3 It\s o erH It\s o erH MIC+AEL O er 'or us% )osh. .ATIE But it\s -ust (eginning 'or /ou. MATT Kor the rest o' /our li'e. )ESSIE 7ou\ll ha e us in /our hea" until /ou\re "ea". EMIL7 An" /ou\ll see us o erUU MIC+AEL

An" o erUU .ATIE An" o erUU MATT Again an"UU )ESSIE AgainUU EMIL7 As /ou saO us /ester"a/ in the school ca'eteria. C+ORUS DEADH (.atie "ro#s "ea"* DEADH (Michael "ro#s* DEADH ()essie "ro#s* DEADH (Matt "ro#s* DEADH (Emil/ throOs her arms aroun" )osh% "ro#s. )osh touches her (loo" an" cries out. One light on )osh.* )OS+ I "i"n\t ZnoO it Ooul" (e 'ore er. I thought it Oas ^(ang (ang /ou\re "ea"^ again. I thought I coul" -ust hit the reset (utton an" start o er. Wh/ can\t I ha e another chance3 When I Zille" /ou I Zille" all m/ #ossi(ilities% too. (more* L:.] )OS+ (cont\"* I\ll ne er ha e an/thing to looZ 'orOar" to. >e er. (One (/ one the "ecease" rise "reamUliZe an" (egin to e&it sloOl/ turning out their lights.* Is this the rest o' m/ li'e3 ()osh goes to his Znees% "e astate"* Oh Po". (Emil/ turns out her light on )osh. DarZness.* E>D BangUBang% 7ouare Dea" S the (o&... Design (/ MarZ +uisenga% Thurston +igh School Tech Director A U :SF= #l/Ooo" si"es AJ=& [F= A&A corner (races Lea e :SF= s#ace on each en" 'or o erla# :SF= #l/Ooo" (ottom EJ=& [F= :SF= #l/Ooo" to# EJ=& [F= D&B +inges are a(out Da 'rom each en". Attach to un"ersi"e o' li"% an" to outsi"e o' (acZ si"e. +an" holes 'or carr/ing Bo&

A U :SF= #l/Ooo" en"s AJ=& EJ= Lea e D DSA= s#ace 'or D&B A&A corner (races. +an" holes 'or carr/ing Bo& When installing the (ottom% remem(er to screO into the D&B an" A&A (race instea" o' the e"ge o' the #l/Ooo". Attach a D&B to the (ottom o' each si"e% so that Ohen /ou attach the (ottom to the si"es% there is soli" Ooo" to screO into% instea" o' -ust the #l/Ooo". ScreO in 'rom insi"e an" outsi"e% an" maZe sure the screOs "onat go all the Oa/ throughH Remem(er to maZe sure /ou are screOing into the A&A (race% instea" o' the e"ge o' the #l/Ooo" si"e. Dr/Oall screOs are the easiest to use. Install D&B(locZs to strengthen the hinges. 1a" the insi"e Oith BUL= o' 'oam ru((er on (ottom% an" E= on si"es. BracZets hol" ro#e to sto# li" 'rom o#ening all the Oa/ to #rotect the hinges.