The Known Unknown is a one-act play that explores the conflicted role of Arash in relation to his family.
ARASH: It was the most extraordinary time I’ve ever had alone. It felt unreal, like I stepped into a different world altogether. …I was upset because she tells me last minute that she cannot go. I was so angry with her. This was something we planned months in advance. Three hours time max, together. No preparation. She blames other people!. Always. I’ve had enough. I’ve finally had enough…
I was all ready to leave and so I left as soon as I hung up the phone with her. I was so mad I could not believe it. I didnt leave the house . Didn’t even remember if I had locked the front door. I think I did. She would have called if she had my number now. I went to the bus and something took over me. I was lost. I felt different. Free. Like I had stepped out from the shadows. I don’t know. I was uplifted. I felt like the speed of the blue bus. Energy. Such energy.
I reached the beach. Watched the crowd. I only watched half. At middle of walk path I left. Not because the crowd was boring but because it was the greatest crowd I had ever seen since pandemic in venice beach. I wanted to imagine the ending. I didn’t want it spoiled. Instead, I walked into the mid day noon time. Over the bridge, back again, over again…I imagined all the people from the crowd. The daughter, the husband, the wife, the sisters…all the characters I somehow knew. I knew these people. Intimately. Closely. I could think their thoughts. Live their lives. I wanted them to be happy. To be brave. To love.
…It suddenly occurred to me that if I was able to invent the outcome of the people’s lives in the crowd, that I should have the power to invent my own life, the way that I want it lived. I could not stop thinking about this. I began to understand that there were things I wanted changed. Things about myself; what I do with my time; what matters most in my own screen play? …My life; our lives are indeed theatre, aren’t they? We write our own narrative. And if something is wrong with your narrative, you must change it. You must be strong enough to change it! And so, I’ve decided, over the last few days, that I am going to change my story. I’m going to do the things that only I wish to do and I do not care what anyone else will think.