The Sound of Loneliness


Stan Pearson, a successful, wealthy stock broker, recently divorced from an unfaithful wife, suddenly leaves his position with a top national firm, startling his friends and colleagues, especially his faithful secretary, Marie, who has been with him for twelve years and loves him. His three adult children, a son and two daughters, stay close to their father as he searches for answers to life’s problems and challenges. The CEO of the company he left persuades Stan to consider his departure as a year off—a sabbatical, he calls it—and makes him an attractive offer to consider if and when he decides to return. Stan embarks on a period of introspection, examining all aspects of his existence—his past life, friendships, likes and dislikes and future career possibilities.  His former college roommate, the dean of students at an elite Virginia university, offers him a position teaching business to students in their MBA program. He accepts the challenge and finds himself in a classroom full of eager but skeptical students who challenge him to the limit. He keeps his Washington apartment to share on weekends with his lovely daughter Abby, who is embarking on a career as a senatorial aide. His older daughter Becky is awaiting the birth of Stan’s first grandchild, while his son Toby studies at Yale. When his former wife decides to marry, the family assembles for the wedding, and Stan agrees to accompany his very pregnant daughter Becky, whose husband on overseas on a business trip, which leads to an exciting reception. Anne, a lovely young graduate student and fellow teacher working on her doctorate at the university offers Stan advice, and the two become friends and eventually lovers. When the CEO of the company he left offers him a top position, Stan struggles to decide whether to keep teaching or accept the appointment, wondering whether the young woman with whom he has fallen in love will join him if he accepts a position at the center of New York’s financial district. Their love is tested to the limits.

Cast of Characters

Stan. Father, businessman, brilliant stock broker and trader and some-time teacher.
Abby, Becky, Toby. Stan's three children, all of whom adore their father.
Elizabeth. Stan's former wife, who was unfaithful to him more than once.
Marie. Stan's executive assistant and secretary. With him for twelve years, she loves him as a dear friend.
Andrea. Public relations—a friend and sometimes loving companion.
Jimmy, Wen and Adriana. The Technical Analysis Section—brilliant at tracking stocks.
Arthur Tilden. CEO of the company who has big plans for Stan.
Tom and Martha Brennan. Old College friends. Tom offers Stan a teaching position at his university.
Anne. Graduate student with whom Stan lives with while teaching. She helps him with his teaching, and they fall in love.
Dick. Chair of the Business Department at the college.

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