Lee Welling, an experienced theatre professional with a wealth of experience behind the scenes both on and off-Broadway & is currently writing The Actor? Part Two The Prequel, a sequel to his first novel, The Actor joins Enterprise Radio.
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- What did you bring from your own Broadway experience to The Actor?
- Why would theatre people like The Actor?
- What is timely in the subject matter?
- Why is there a question mark after the title?
- What is it like to start a new career (writing) in your 70s?
- What makes a good thriller?
- What are your plans for future books? Will there be a sequel to The Actor?
Lee Welling is an experienced theatre professional with a wealth of experience behind the scenes both on and off-Broadway. Starting from the bottom as a “Gofer” and elevator boy at the Alvin Theatre for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Welling rose through the ranks to become a stage manager for many productions before moving into his current roles as president of Backstage Tours, which offers backstage tours of Broadway shows, a group sales company, and The Travel Group Department. He is currently writing The Actor? Part Two The Prequel, a sequel to his first novel, The Actor.
Here is a description of the book:
George Toomey is a successful Broadway actor. His life is one of celebrity, leading ladies, and dinners at Sardis. At home, his 12-room penthouse with a view, he has a beautiful wife and two daughters. One day in 1959, everything changes for George.
He is approached by the CIA to enter the U.S.S.R., during the Cold War, as an entertainer in a cultural exchange tour. The job is simple: handle messages and documents given to him and, of course, give a stellar performance that will make Russian audiences fall in love with him. Behind the Iron Curtain, however, the job gets more complicated than George or his handler could ever have anticipated, and lives, secrets, and countries are put on the line.
What unfolds is a fast-paced thriller, filled with danger, mystery, and state secrets. Will the United States and the CIA back George up when the mission goes wrong? Will George escape from the KGB agents who have made it their sworn mission to kill him? The spy game is one that George isn’t prepared for… will he learn how to play it in time to save his life?
George’s story is a metaphor for resilience, to which everyone can relate.