- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Lethe Press (May 31, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590215184
- ISBN-13: 978-1590215180
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,674,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Role Paperback – May 31, 2018
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''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.
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As an avid fiction reader and a great lover of theater, both as performer for more than twenty years and an audience member, I felt fully drawn in to the world of The Role. This is a great novel for people who have ever auditioned for a role in a theater production, and wondered how much tougher a run at Broadway would be. This is also a great novel for grown-up romance fans intrigued by the difficulty in being able to distinguish what feelings are real, and which are amplified by being a part of the fast-paced intoxicating rehearsal process. The fast paced plot follows the development cycle of the show, and traces the developing and complicated feelings of each member of the love triangle. I greatly enjoyed this fast-paced read, and I look eagerly forward to Mr. Pearson's next novel. Do yourself a favor and buy this book, and enter a world of grown-up love, "showmance", ambition, and struggle to keep it all in balance.
This is a great book, full of gossipy Broadway insight, mixed in with a twisted story of unrequited love and a tale of romance.
The writing is very strong, which is also a plus. Richard really brings the characters to life on the page and it's easy to get sucked into the character's lives. Every time I sat down to read, I was able to identify with the characters. I was able to feel what they felt, and they came to life easily. So again, if you're looking for a great read, something different, this is the book you want!
I totally love how wel written the story of the play within was and how this makes it stand out as so much more than just the one story. The in depth characters made me feel like a part of broadway and I am so planning another nyc trip now. Please more of this!