In this monologue, Arash talks to one of his closest friends about how he wishes he had the kind of luck his older friends have.
Arash: When I was seven years old, I’ll never forget it–I was seven years old and I wanted this toy–it was a sawing machine. Remember those? I drove my mother crazy for one in the store. Crying and moaning and I was stomping my feet and really making a scene. My mother gave me such a smack–my cheek felt like it was on fire. Needless to say, that shut me up but that didn’t stop my agenda.
When we got back home, I went into my room, i went to bed.
I was not so excited to show it off but as luck would have it, my mother enters our bedroom and catches me sewing red handed and boy oh boy, let me tell you; when I made eye contact with my mother she went mad!
I actually made it as far as the down of the stairs but before I could even take the first step down, she was on me like a “pirahan”! She suctioned the back of my head with one hand and dragged me across the floor straight into the guest room and locked the door.
I was grounded for the first time in my life. FIRST TIME–hahaha! Certainly not the last!
The next day my mother told everyone i knew she was not a good secret keeper. I was crying because i have noone in the world i can my secrets to. My mother reluctantly agreed but I still had to serve my prison sentence and I wasn’t allowed to have my freedom until I was released.
In Walt Disney Baby Furniture, Arash tells the story of how blessed he feels, despite the natural disaster that just passed.
Oh, we were fleeing for our lives. We barely managed to get out…We were pregnant with our daughter, Susanne. It was a miracle, once we crossed state lines, we went straight into labor and gave birth to our daughter right there in the minivan! Fortunately, my brother-in-law is a Doctor and was my hero that day.
The tragedy for us was that our belongings got destroyed…the saddest thing was the baby furniture. We just finished purchasing the cutest baby furniture with all these Walt Disney characters. All of it washed away, just like that. This pillow is all that remains.
But I gotta tell you, despite everything that happened, we have our family whole and that’s all that matters.
Nearly every morning, a certain person in our community comes running out of their house with their face white and theiirovercoat flapping wildly. thet cry out, “Emergency, emergency,” and one of us runs to them and holds them until her fears are calmed. We know they is making it up; nothing has really happened to them. But we understand, because there is hardly one of us who has not been moved at some time to do just what they has done, and every time, it has taken all our strength, and even the strength of our friends and families too, to quiet us!
They are lost, but also not lost but somewhere in the world. Most of them are small, though none are larger, one a jacket and one a painting. Of the small things, one is a certain necklace, one a certain brooch. They are lost from me and where I am, but they are also not gone. They are somewhere else, and they are there to someone else, it may be. But if not there to someone else, the necklace is, still, not lost to itself, but there, only not where I am, and the brooch, too, there, still, only not where I am.
In the dramatic monologue It’s Mine, Arash threatens his competition.
Bring it. I will out work you, out play you, out hustle you and out think you. When you put in ten hours, I put in twenty. I work until I can’t see straight, every single day because I want it more than you do. I see it more than you do. I taste it, breathe it, smell it..I am it. Until I die. While you’re out there being the bum that you are…I’m grinding hard, real hard, sweating and screaming and stressing and pushing…past the limit, past the breaking point. You play it, I live it. That’s why it’s mine.
In The Young Guy’s short short story, Arash tells his friends this is how you write your story!
This is how to write the story of your life; this is how to live in Los Angeles; this is how to dress up; this is how talk to your parents; this is how you buy a nice watch; this is how you go on a date, because there are so many serial daters; when you are taking a walking outside, make sure you stay hydrate or else you become heat exhausted; this is how you clean your room; this is how you wear a mask; this is how you budget; this is how you smile to someone you don’t like too much; this is how you smile to someone you kindda like; this is how you smile to someone you like completely; this is how you make tea; this is how you set a table for dinner; this is how you set a table for dinner with an important guest; this is how you talk about sea food; this is how you set a table for breakfast; this is how to behave in the presence of other boys who don’t know you very well, and this way they won’t recognize immediately the deuche is coming; be sure to wash every day, even if it is with your own spit; don’t tell you love your love— she will love you, you know; do pick people’s flowers—you might find love; don’t throw eggs at people, because it might be a blackbird at all; this is how to make a salad; this is how to make bbq; how to move quick so that it doesn’t fall on you; this is how to make ends meet; always tke your time at sunday mornin showers; but what if i dont have any friends?; you mean to say that after all you are really going to be the kind of man who the baker won’t let close?
In Peace of Mind, Arash talks to his friends about keeping himself in balance when it comes to his loved ones vs. his private life.
ARASH: Sometimes you can’t really give a damn what other people expect from you! You can’t always give yourself over to their needs. That may come off sounding selfish but you actually need to be more selfish. You’re too damn good hearted and it gets you all messed up inside. You need to have balance. Balance is key. Easier said than done, but it’s essential to your peace of mind. This way you don’t feel guilty over not being there for those you care about and you also have the time you deserve to live your life fully.
In the dramatic monologue Badge, ARASH talks about why he quit the Down Town Santa Monica ambassedor job he had.
Arash: It changes you. I was on for one year before I realized I was a completely different person. I became distant. I abandoned my family, the my friends I grew up with. I became an down town Santa Monica Ambassedor 24-7. That’s no way to live. I felt this pressure building up in my chest every single day. Getting worse and worse and then one day I couldn’t breathe. I fell down to one knee and I couldn’t catch my breath for the life of me. I panicked. My girl rushed me into emergency.
It was a freaking panic attack. That’s when it all hit me in the face. I asked myself if the job doesn’t kill me in the street, I’m gonna kill me from stress. So, either way I was headed for a breakdown and I couldn’t allow it. I just couldn’t do it no more…
The day I turned in my badge, was such a great day. I walked out of the building feeling like a new person. I felt like the future was ahead of me once again. I took up my hobby as my profession. Now, I have my own home based business and I couldn’t be happier. My friends and family are back in my life full swing and I’m forever grateful I made the decision.
In dramatic monologue Fact of the Matter, ARASH complains to his brother about how he hasn’t called their ailing Mother.
ARASH: She’s been sick in the hospital for four days and NOW you call me to get the number??? What’s wrong with you? This is your Mother, your Mother! You have ONE Mother Radffar…ONE. You should be ashamed of yourself.
I don’t give a shit where you were or what excuses with your phone you want to give me…the fact of the matter is that you knew about it DAYS ago and you waited until now to call me back. No, no, stop, stop with your bullshit excuses Ben, okay? I’m done with it….the number is 310-272-0849. Did you take it down? Call her NOW!