Drama, David Rockwell’s new book starring Bruce Mau, explores ideas and design methods from Rockwell’s career as a stage designer and theater architect. The book, available May 26, is published by Phaidon. Rockwell’s royalties from the book will be donated to The Actors Fund for its continued efforts to support the entertainment community affected by the pandemic.
“The pandemic has proven how essential the Actors Fund is for our community. Over the past 15 months, they have helped provide more than 40,000 people with basic needs such as rent, food and medicine. But despite the exciting news that live performance is slowly making a comeback, hundreds of thousands of artistic workers are still unemployed and in need of help, “Rockwell said in a statement.” I am honored that Drama can continue to support the Fund and those in need. ”
Drama explores the principles at the heart of Rockwell’s Method, devoting chapters to six key principles – Audience, Ensemble, Worlds, History, Travel and Impermanence – each chapter showing how these concepts can be applied to all disciplines.
The book also features Rockwell in conversation with interdisciplinary artists, including architect Daniel Libeskind, music producer and composer Quincy Jones, museum director and curator Thelma Golden, playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith, conductor and humanitarian José Andrés, the Oscar-winning production designer. Adam Stockhausen, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan Roth, and Tony Award winning designers Peggy Eisenhauer and Natasha Katz.
Rockwell won the Tony Award for Best Stage Design in a Musical for his 2016 renaissance jewelry box perfume design from She loves Me. He has won five additional Tony nominations among his many Broadway credits over the past 20 years. He is the founder and chairman of architecture, planning and design firm Rockwell Group.
Drama is edited by Sam Lubell. To order, visit Phaidon.com.