Monologue Description: Arash wanders down Hollywood to discover the life of Merlyn Monroe , forever changing his perspective.

Imagine walking down Hollywood Blvd. lined with brick buildings, garbage and junk. Then, at the end, a light turns on, flickering. Under that is a girl dressed in old clothes with holes, no socks or shoes. She is sitting on a grocery bag. She has a make up on her face too. She’s smiling. She has a dog with scraggly fur and only three legs. I walk to her. She looks up at me but with only three fingers. She cries with white teeth. I ask about the make up. She says it was her ex boyfriend. I ask why she is not at home with her family. She answers that she does not want money from people. I slowly take a green twenty-dollar bill out of my pocket, my week’s pay. I tell her that she is the only person on the street that I’ll give money to. Then the light starts to flicker again and the girl crawls back into her box. The light turns off. I think what my life would be like if I was her. As I walk away, I think about how this girl had changed my life.

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Arash has been writing stories ever since he could hold a pencil! What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into his lifelong passion. There’s nothing he likes better than writing (and reading) stories that is humorous in English and Persian languages, with a touch of Suspense and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Arash is also a YouTuber, Persian singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional kabob eater. When he’s not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find him in an adventure road-tripping to national parks! If you want to see Arash in his element (ranting about stories) check out his YouTube channel.

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