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

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(Applause Books). David Rothenberg's multilayered life thrust him into Broadway's brightest lights, prison riots, political campaigns, civil rights sit-ins, and a Central American civil war. In his memoir, Fortune in My Eyes , his journey includes many of the most celebrated names in the theater: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Sir John Gielgud, Charles Boyer, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, Charles Laughton, Alvin Ailey, and numerous others. David produced an Off-Broadway prison drama, Fortune and Men's Eyes , which reshaped his life. John Herbert's chilling play led directly to the creation of the Fortune Society, which has evolved into one of the nation's most formidable advocacy and service organizations in criminal justice. David was Elizabeth Taylor's opening night date at the Richard Burton Hamlet a distant cry from his entering Attica prison during that institution's famed inmate uprising...just two of the experiences revealed in this memoir. As a theater publicist and producer and as a social activist he shares experiences with presidents (JFK and Bill Clinton) and with anonymous men and women, out of prison, who have fought to reclaim their lives. The human drama of the formerly incarcerated is a match for many of the entertainment world's most fabled characters.

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David Rothenberg has been involved with more than 200 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions as publicist or producer. His production of John Herbert's prison drama 'Fortune and Men s Eyes' led to the creation of the Fortune Society, one of the nation's leading advocacy and service organizations in criminal justice. He conceived, directed and coauthored the play, 'The Castle,' based on the work of the Fortune Society, which played off-Broadway for 13 months. He is a former member of the NYC Human Rights Commission and has been the host of a weekly radio program on WBAI in New York for nearly 40 years. He lives in New York.

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He was Elizabeth Taylor's date to see 'Hamlet' starring Richard Burton, a mediator during the 1971 Attica prison riots and a founder of the Fortune Society, which helps former prisoners re-enter society. He produced plays about current and former inmates and, in his day jobs, was a theatrical press agent and a WBAI radio host. Now David Rothenberg has woven together the different roles of his career in a revealing and inspirational autobiography, 'Fortune in My Eyes: A Memoir of Broadway Glamour, Social Justice and Political Passion' (Applause, $29.99). The title is a play on a play (its own name inspired by a Shakespearean sonnet) about a young man's horrific prison experience. Mr. Rothenberg, a champion of unpopular causes, produced 'Fortune and Men's Eyes' when no one else would. His chatty memoir amounts to a profile in courage. --New York Times

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