When The Novelty Wears Off

‘When The Novelty Wears Off’ is a male drama monologue. GRADY talks to one of his bros about his latest girlfriend and how it isn’t working out.

(looking down at his beer, than up at his friend when he utters his first word)

GRADY:  You know man, I like her, I really like her…I can even say I care about her..A LOT.  Jessica’s a great girl but—and I know I’ve said this before and maybe this is a problem I have but, I think she’s great for someone else.  I don’t see myself being with her for the long haul.  And I hate when I do that shit, when I start visualizing the future, instead of simply living in the now…just–the–now is all I should be focused on but I’m a mind drifter man.  I have too big of an imagination.

I fantasize about kids, a house, families, all that shit…I can’t do it.  Not this one.  She’s not lining up with what I see.  Does any of this make sense?  (beat)  I’m starting to think it’s me.  I just can’t seem to make it work and I hate all this judging I do, I get confused and overwhelmed all while I’m with her, my mind spins while she’s sitting next to me telling me she loves me.  What am I supposed to do?  (beat) I’m breaking up with her, this Saturday…I’m doing it.  I guess I’ll add her to the collection of amazing women I’ve been with…it’s me.  I need time on my own.

Joseph Arnone


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