The Passage is from Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth. Ginger is a DJ and he never had the chance to work as a DJ and he is high at the moment. According to these lines, what's these phrases means: "public awaits", "I’m roasted", "Boss the stone" and "boss it"

DAVEY. They’ve disbanded. 2 Trevs is no more. They’ve gone home. You want to get up The Cooper’s car park. Your public awaits.

GINGER. But… I’m… I’m… I’m… I’m… I’m… I’m… I’m… I’m… I’m… I’m…

DAVEY. It’s your big break, mate.

GINGER. I’m roasted.

DAVEY. Use it, mate. Boss the stone, mate. Get up on top and boss it. Your canvas is The Cooper’s car park, your brush Beyoncé and ‘The Birdie Song’. It is time to bring the ruckus.

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  • @Em.♦ I got it. Thanks. about "awaits" I'm not sure, I presume that the "public awaits" is "waiting room".
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    Jan 15, 2021 at 9:11
  • Your public awaits means your audience is waiting for you. Jan 15, 2021 at 9:41

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boss the stone

Ginger is stoned

"to boss" means to be in control of something

Boss the stone = Control your drug-befuddled mind.

public awaits

The people who have come to see your performance as a DJ are waiting for you.

I’m roasted

GINGER. I’m roasted.

DAVEY. Use it, mate.

This means "Use the fact you are roasted (under the influence of drugs) to your advantage. Being stoned will not hold you back."

Note: "roasted" is not a usual synonym for "stoned" but the context seems to make it so.

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