Matthew Toffolo: What is your story about?
Ed Kulzer: The story is about a standard, carbon copy, cardigan-wearing office worker, a woman becoming aware of how suffocating the lack of fulfillment in her monotonous life has become. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”, opined Thoreau, presciently foretelling the gargantuan army of spiritual malaise masquerading as a society marching on the belly of numbed clockwatchers cruising on autopilot. But for this office worker, this woman, today is a line crossed in the sand, a demarcation of radical departure. The exact nature of that change is left vague. Quitting? Vacation? A whirlwind of workplace violence? Even I don’t know.
2. What genres would you say this story is in?
urban contemporary fiction
3. How would you describe this story in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Frozen. And no, I’m not happy about that.
5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
“Let it Go”, may God save my aching soul. I’m a dad of an 8 year old.
6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
7. What motivated you to write this story?
The news reports of the latest office-place mass shooting which aired while I was listening to Radiohead’s “Spinning Plates”.
8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
My daughter. I all too often am kept late editing at Sesame Street & rarely get the chance.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Art, reading, politics, crafting the machinery of motivation to try to lighten the load of a burdened blighted world.
10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
Just the opportunity presented.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Be mindful of advice or tips you receive and heed from other writers.
performed by Kate Fenton
Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.