''A dishy, gossipy, flirty, sexy, dramatic and--of course gay--romance of the theater. Richard Taylor Pearson introduces us to the players behind a would-be Broadway hit. The hunky leading man is adored by the nervous newcomer who is intimidated by the catty understudy, and all of them are getting stroked, cajoled, browbeaten and manipulated by a mad genius director who holds 'private sessions' before rehearsal. If you eat up backstage intrigue, if you have playbill.com bookmarked, if Tony night is your Super Bowl, you will definitely get into The Role!
--David Pratt, author of Looking After Joey
and Bob the Book
''The steamy debut novel adds an overlay of confused identity to what is essentially a fantasia, with a Cinderella makeover swirling Mason into the limelight and the affections of a previously unattainable hunk...and there's a splendid supporting cast of colorful, well-drawn secondary characters.'' --Kirkus Reviews
''Anyone involved in theater, either professionally or just as a hobby, can attest to the bonds that form during a stage production. Friendships and romance naturally result from the time spent together reciting lines and blocking movement, and during the occasional drink or snack after rehearsal. Pearson's exquisite prose manages to bring this atmosphere to life on the page, where the players almost feel like members of your own family.... As they say in the theater, The Role
is well worth the price of admission. --Chris Verleger for Edge NY
About the Author
Richard Taylor Pearson is a triple threat: author, actor, and attorney. He grew up in Arkansas, where he appeared in many plays and musicals. Richard went on to obtain a law degree from Rutgers School of Law. While he works as an attorney by day, his nights and weekends are spent writing novels and performing in theatrical events all over New York City. Richard lives in Jersey City with his brilliant husband, Brian, and their amazing daughter, Natalie.