Scantily Clad Selfies Taken on Tour Create New Book by West Side Story Cast Member

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14 Aug 2014

Performer Mark MacKillop, who last year completed an international tour of West Side Story, documented his time on the road with various scantily clad selfie pictures in hotel rooms around the world. His book "Rm. XIV" is now available for pre-order.

"Rm. XIV" features an introduction by Tony Award winner Billy Porter and a foreword by NYC artist Robert W. Richards. Proceeds from its sales will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

During the international tour, in which MacKillop performed as Riff, he chronicled his downtime with an iPhone camera, taking over 80 high-quality, black-and-white and color self-portraits in various hotel rooms, in very little clothing.

"Surprisingly, traveling with 30 cast members and a 30-piece orchestra left me feeling, at times, incredibly isolated and lonely," MacKillop said in a statement. "Admittedly, I started off with the cast on the wrong foot, saying things coming from a place of insecurity. I quickly realized I needed to change. Subsequently, I ended up spending a lot of time solo. I started this photo series as a way for me to connect with friends at home, to give them an intimate look at living on the road. This process ended up becoming quite healing and helped break down some of the walls I had created."

"Rm. XIV," according to press notes, "is a singular roadtrip celebrating adventure, creativity and self-discovery. It captures an idyllic segment of a journey interrupted on paper, laced with the caveat that its glamor is ephemeral and subjective. Recalling the permissive candor of Bob Mizer, the staccato narrative of Nan Goldin, and the innocent sensuality of Bruce Weber, Mr. MacKillop has elevated the 'selfie' in an era of disposable digital imagery and crafted a keepsake."

To pre-order, visit RoomFourteen.com. For other theatrical merchandise, visit the Playbill Store.