Fortune in My Eyes
A Memoir of Broadway, Glamour, Social Justice and Political Passion
by David Rothenberg
“If you’ve ever wanted to change the world, read this book! David Rothenberg has done that . . . one life at a time . . . Starting with his!” –Linda Lavin, actress and member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame
“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. . . . a profile in courage.” –The New York Times
“David Rothenberg has been a progressive prophet for our times. For gay rights, for prisoner rights, for theater and the arts. David has been a strong voice of integrity. America is better for David’s courage; I’m better for having read his candid memoir of a valiant life.” –Jim McGreevey, former governor of New Jersey
“David Rothenberg’s Fortune in My Eyes serves as a primer for all of us who strive to lead meaningful lives. His commitment to social justice is unwavering. 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. Davis is a true American hero.” –Christine Ebersole, Tony Award-winning actress
“David Rothenberg indeed is Superman hiding in the body and soul of a gentle man. This book tells his remarkable story with the warmth, good humor, and a sense of decency the world needs more of.” –Martin F. Horn, executive director, New York State Sentencing Commission
David Rothenberg enjoyed a thriving career in theater during its golden age, working with icons, including Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Lauren Bacall, and John Gielgud. But when he read the play Fortune and Men’s Eyes – a prison drama – it dramatically changed the course of his life. In Fortune in My Eyes: A Memoir of Broadway Glamour, Social Justice, and Political Passion (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books Trade Paperback; April 21, 2015; $19.99), David Rothenberg shares his inspiring journey from Schubert Alley to the Fortune Society’s Castle.
Rothenberg established The Fortune Society in 1967 to serve as a social service and advocacy organization, whose mission is to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarceration. The merging of these two seemingly disparate worlds takes Rothenberg, and the people he meets along the way, on a fascinating and ultimately liberating journey.
At a time when criminal justice reform is more critical than ever before, Fortune in My Eyes sets forth the serious issue of corruption and brutality in jails, as well as the problems men and women face when they are released from prison and have to adjust to life on the outside.
More than an exploration of theater’s possibilities for social change, Fortune in My Eyes is a meditation on what it means to be human, and how we can create a society that values our shared humanity.
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Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David Rothenberg has been involved with over 200 Broadway and off-Broadway productions, as publicist or producer. Rothenberg represented some of the most successful theater offerings in the second half of the twentieth century, including the original production of Hair, Richard Burton’s Hamlet, Beyond the Fringe, Blue Man Group, Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, and several plays by Edward Albee and Tennessee Williams. His production of John Herbert’s prison drama led to the creation of the Fortune Society, one of the nation’s leading advocacy and service organizations in criminal justice. Rothenberg conceived, directed, and coauthored the play The Castle, which played off-Broadway for thirteen months (2011-2012). He is a former member of the NYC Human Rights Commission, and he has hosted a weekly radio program on WBAI-/NYC for nearly forty years. He lives in New York City.