Stone Flower: Declaration of Love Episode 4

The Declaration of Love Project is an anthology of 11 short audio pieces written by North Carolina playwrights all inspired by the same writing prompt — “declaration of love.”

Episode 4, written by Areon Mobasher is titled Stone Flower.

“Stone Flower” is about Mary, a civil engineer under so much pressure, she just might collapse. A contemporary office drama with a lot of heart, Stone Flower pulls back the curtain on our public vs. private personas.

Content Warning: Language

Declaration of Love is an Artist Soapbox production, co-produced by Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane, and sound designed by David Hill.

Stone Flower was written by Areon Mobasher

Directed by Tamara Kissane

Performed by: Rimsha Afzal (Mary) and Matthew Hager (Doug)

Original Music by: Areon Mobasher

Transcript of Stone Flower

If you’re eager for more audio fiction pieces by Artist Soapbox, be sure to listen to all 11 episodes of the Declaration of Love anthology and check out our full length audio dramas THE NEW COLOSSUS and MASTER BUILDER, available everywhere you get your podcasts.


Areon Mobasher (Playwright, “Stone Flower”): Areon is an actor, writer, and musician, among other unspeakable things. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 2018 with a BA in Literature and a minor in Theatre. He’s been involved in the Triangle theatre scene as an actor, composer, and sound designer since 2014. He normally does not refer to himself in the third person. Instagram/Twitter: @areonmobasher

Rimsha Afzal (Actor, Stone Flower): Rimsha is the Artistic Director of The Ink Project, a global writers’ liaison that serves to increase visibility of underrepresented writers and narratives. She is also a dedicated actor who has been seen in several productions including The Container (2019) and Blue Sky (2016). Rimsha holds a Master’s degree in Bioethics from Duke University and is proud of her abilities to switch between an artist & scientist. She plays “Mary”/Mehrnaz in Stone Flower. 

Matthew Hager (Actor, StoneFlower): Matthew is a theatre artist living in Raleigh, NC.  As an actor, Matthew has performed with North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Theatre, Bulldog Ensemble Theater, Manbites Dog, Deep Dish, and Burning Coal (company member), among others.  When not performing, Matthew teaches voice and acting for NC Theatre Conservatory and writes children’s musicals.  In 2017, Matthew started Aggregate Theatre Company with the mission of developing a younger theatre going audience in the Triangle.  Matthew plays Doug in “Stone Flower.”


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LISTEN to our newest audio drama THE NEW COLOSSUS. The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.

LISTEN to our 2019 audio drama MASTER BUILDER. MASTER BUILDER tells the story of the rise and fall of Helen ‘Sully’ Sullivan, an intensely passionate and ambitious architect who designs outrageous homes for the very rich. It was inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892. 

Artist Soapbox

Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, live events, and original audio dramas.

Artist Soapbox is an anti-racist organization. We believe Black Lives Matter. In addition, as a podcast production company, ASBX has signed the Equality in Audio Pact on Broccoli Content.

Artist Soapbox is more than just a podcast.

We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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