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Fortune in My Eyes: A Memoir of Broadway Glamour, Social Justice, and Political Passion by David Rothenberg

January 16, 2013

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Jefferson Market Library
David Rothenberg’s captivating life has thrust him into the bright lights and glamour of Broadway, as well as political campaigns, civil rights sit-ins, a Central American civil war and the riots of Attica Prison. Now the various roads he has walked converge in his powerful new memoir, Fortune in My Eyes: A Memoir of Broadway Glamour, Social Justice, and Political Passion (Applause Books, October 9, 2012, $29.99).
 
During his early years as a theater publicist, Rothenberg was the press representative for some of the most successful productions of the 20th century, including Richard Burton's Hamlet, Beyond the Fringe, Hair, Blue Man Group, Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party and plays by Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee and Noel Coward.
 
Rothenberg later turned to producing. The 1967 production of the prison drama, Fortune and Men’s Eyes, led directly to the creation of the Fortune Society, an organization that has evolved into one of the foremost institutions providing services and advocacy to the formerly incarcerated. This led to him being invited as a mediator to Attica Prison during the famed inmate uprising in 1971. In the 1980s, he was part of a delegation led by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark to determine how the Sandinista government in Nicaragua was treating prisoners of war.
 
In addition to prison tales, Rothenberg does not abandon his past theater experiences with luminaries such as Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Bette Davis, Peggy Lee, Alvin Ailey and Charles Boyer.
 
“David Rothenberg’s Fortune in My Eyes serves as a primer for all of us who strive to lead meaningful lives,” said Tony Award winning actress Christine Ebersole. “The stories of the many who have been forever changed by the Fortune Society are told with honesty and compassion and he illuminates for the reader the transformational power of love. David is a true American hero.”
 
Rothenberg is currently the host of WBAI’s weekly radio show, Any Saturday.
 
Fortune in My Eyes, David Rothenberg’s vivid memoir, illustrates theater as a method for social change and awareness. It reveals his numerous experiences with stars and Presidents and with anonymous men and women who, once out of prison, fought to reclaim their lives.