By Kenneth Lonergan
This Is Our Youth, Kenneth Lonergan's lacerating examine prosperous younger Manhattanites of the Eighties, depicts days within the lives of 3 college-age top West Siders who're from filthy rich households yet residing in doped-up squalor. Dennis—with a recognized painter father and social activist mother—is a small-time drug broker and overall mess. His hero-worshipping buddy Warren has simply swiftly stolen $15,000 from his father, an abusive undies magnate. whilst Jessica, a mixed-up prep tuition lady, exhibits up for a date, Warren pulls out a wad of debts and takes her off, awkwardly, for an evening of seduction. A wildly humorous, bittersweet, and relocating tale, This Is Our Youth is as trenchant because it used to be upon its acclaimed most appropriate in 1996.
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He locks the door. WARREN And now … you’re mine! JESSICA No approach! WARREN I’m kidding! quiet down! JESSICA (On “calm. ”) That’s now not humorous in any respect! WARREN famous. JESSICA sits down and takes out her cigarettes and lighter. JESSICA Is it okay if I smoke in right here? WARREN pass forward. It’s now not my apartment. JESSICA good is there an ashtray or anything i will be able to use? WARREN I’m definite there’s one someplace. He seems to be for an ashtray and unearths one even as she unearths an empty soda can. WARREN the following you cross. JESSICA No, it’s okay. i will be able to use this. thank you, although. WARREN places down the ashtray and sits down around the room from her. She smokes. lengthy silence. WARREN So are you're keen on a very titanic cigarette smoker? JESSICA i assume so. WARREN what percentage cigarettes might you assert you smoke within the typical day? JESSICA I don’t comprehend. Like a pack and a part an afternoon, on a very heavy smoking day. perhaps like a part a pack an afternoon if I’m like, within the nation. WARREN … Yeah … I by no means relatively obtained into the full cigarette scene myself. yet I pay attention good things approximately it. JESSICA good, but when you smoke pot forever, it’s a lot worse in your lungs than cigarettes. WARREN i assume my lungs are lovely seriously broken. JESSICA I’m definite they're. lengthy silence. JESSICA So did these men visit get, um, to get coke? WARREN That’s the plan. JESSICA I don’t are looking to do a great deal. WARREN good, we’re getting like, much. JESSICA I’ll perform a little … WARREN And we’re getting a few Dom Perignon to best it off. So it's going to be lovely stable. JESSICA Sounds reliable … lengthy silence. JESSICA So why’d your Dad throw you out of the home? What did you do? WARREN We simply had a moderate coverage dispute. It’s no giant deal. JESSICA Are you staying the following? the place are you gonna sleep? WARREN I don’t be aware of. It wasn’t like a very particular plan. i used to be simply making plans to crash at the flooring for a number of days until I determine what I’m doing. JESSICA What are you gonna do? WARREN I don’t recognize. i used to be considering i'd simply purchase a bus price ticket and head out West. i've got a blood brother who lives in Seattle, so i would do just that … I certainly wanna get out of this—pit. That’s evidently. JESSICA You suggest long island? You don’t like residing right here? WARREN What’s to love? You pass outdoor and it smells undesirable. you recognize? and that i live to tell the tale critical Park West. JESSICA good— WARREN i love the outside. JESSICA i do know, yet— WARREN Like final iciness I went to go to this blood brother of mine who lives in Jackson gap? In Wyoming? And we’d simply ski on a daily basis, you recognize? And bus tables at evening. And if you happen to wake up within the morning and open front door it’s like, silent. you recognize? You pass outdoors and it’s like, the mountains. And snow. and no-one round for miles. and prefer the full … sky over your head. you recognize? So what the fuck am I doing languishing in this trash heap for? The highbrow stimulation? I’m now not getting any. All I do is smoke pot. i will be able to do this anyplace. i will simply carry that with me, you recognize? JESSICA Yeah … I don’t quite reap the benefits of the city’s amenities both, and it simply appears like one of these overall waste. WARREN Yeah.