JACOB’S LADDER by Dennis Bailey and David Mixner
Sunday, April 29 at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.
JACOB’S LADDER chronicles a little-known two week period during the FDR administration in 1944 when the controversial and ultimately volatile proposal of possibly bombing the Concentration Camps in Eastern Europe was heatedly debated in the highest echelons of Washington DC. The story is personalized through the eyes of Jacob Greenstein, a young Harvard-educated Jewish aide to President Roosevelt, who makes a decision that throws both his personal and professional life into a vortex of moral turmoil that mirrors the global debate that was taking place during the height of World War II.
Dennis Bailey began his career as a Broadway actor in New York City, also working extensively in regional theater before venturing to Los Angeles to expand his resume to include TV and film. His performing led to a writing career, with his first play, TELEGRAM FROM HEAVEN (co-written with Dinah Manoff) enjoying extended runs in Los Angeles and Chicago. David Mixner has been a writer, keenly influential activist and respected political strategist for over three decades. They first collaborated on a non-fiction book, BRAVE JOURNEYS which debuted at #1 on The Los Angeles Times bestseller list in early 2000, then a screenplay, FIRE IN THE SOUL, about the tragic and deadly Colorado coalminers’ strike of 1914. Their most recent piece, JACOB’S LADDER, has had successful readings in both Los Angeles and New York City. David. Mixner is currently concentrating his efforts on political consultation as well as his successful political blog Live From Hell’s Kitchen while Mr. Bailey’s solo effort JUST OUTSIDE REDEMPTION, based on one of the stories in BRAVE JOURNEYS, will open at the City Theater in Austin this fall.