Gorelik, Mordecai, 1899-1990

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Gorelik was a research professor in theater at Southern Illinois University from 1960 to 1972. A 1920 graduate of the Pratt Institute, Gorelik was primarily a scene designer, but during his six-decade career he also designed costumes, directed lighting and taught theater. Gorelik was born August 25, 1899, in Shchedrin, Minsk, Russia (now U.S.S.R). In 1972 he married Loraine Kabler in 1972 and had two children, one son and one daughter. He was a noted critic and scholar of the theater. Gorelik published essays in newspapers and notable journals, wrote a book and production reviews, and articles on theater appearing in both the "Encyclopedia Britannica" and the "Encyclopedia Americana," He died of cancer, March 7, 1990, in Sarasota, FL.

From the description of Mordecai Gorelik papers, 1900-1975. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 276937572

Mordecai (Max) Gorelik was an influential scene designer and theorist, known for his work on more than fifty professional Broadway productions including Processional (1925), Men in White (1933), Golden Boy (1937), All My Sons (1947), and A Hatful of Rain (1957). Gorelik's published works include a book of plays, Toward a Larger Theatre: 7 Plays (1988) and a seminal text in the history of theater, New Theatres for Old (1940), which reflects his interest in Bertolt Brecht. Born in Russia in 1899, he immigrated to New York with his parents as a child and later attended the Pratt Institute, graduating in 1920. Gorelik was professor of theater at Southern Illinois University (1960 - 1972), and he also taught at a number of other colleges and universities including several in California. He died in Sarasota, Florida, in 1990.

From the description of Mordecai Gorelik play scripts, 1957 - 1989. (University of California, Irvine). WorldCat record id: 632391056

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Mordecai (Max) Gorelik was an influential scene designer and theorist, known for his work on more than fifty professional Broadway productions including Processional (1925), Men in White (1933), Golden Boy (1937), All My Sons (1947), and A Hatful of Rain (1957). Gorelik's published works include a book of plays, Toward a Larger Theatre: 7 Plays (1988) and a seminal text in the history of theater, New Theatres for Old (1940), which reflects his interest in Bertolt Brecht. Born in Russia in 1899, he immigrated to New York with his parents as a child and later attended the Pratt Institute, graduating in 1920. Gorelik was professor of theater at Southern Illinois University (1960 - 1972), and he also taught at a number of other colleges and universities including several in California. He died in Sarasota, Florida, in 1990.

From the guide to the Mordecai Gorelik play scripts, 1957-1989, (University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Living Theatre records, 1945-1991 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Gorelik, Mordecai, 1899-. Mordecai Gorelik papers, 1900-1975. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Gorelik, Mordecai. Letter, 1967 June 21 [manuscript : University of N.S.W., Kensington, to Robert [Quentin?]. University of Queensland, UQ Library
referencedIn Jean Stock Goldstone papers, 1937-1949 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Kahn, Alex. Cover design for Mordecai Gorelik's book, New theatres for old, 1940? New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963. The golden gloves / [Clifford Odets]. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963. "I got the blues" : a play in three acts / by Clifford Odets. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Gorelik, Mordecai, 1899-. Christ in concrete. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Gorelik, Mordecai. Letter [manuscript : University of N.S.W., Kensington, to Robert [Quentin?]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Peter Blais Collection. Carleton University Theatre, 1978 - House Programs. University of Guelph
creatorOf Gorelik, Mordecai. Letter, 1967 June 26 [manuscript] : Kensington, N.S.W., to Robert Quentin. University of Queensland, UQ Library
creatorOf Gorelik, Mordecai, 1899-. The big day : a play in one act / by Mordecai Gorelik. Waseda University Library
referencedIn Papers, 1966-1996. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn R. Buckminster Fuller papers, ca. 1920-1983 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Gorelik, Mordecai, 1899-. Mordecai Gorelik play scripts, 1957 - 1989. University of California, Irvine, Langson Library
creatorOf Mordecai Gorelik play scripts, 1957-1989 University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
referencedIn Kerr, Walter F., 1913-1966. Walter and Jean Kerr papers, circa 1920-1993. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Jo Mielziner papers, 1903-1976 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Gorelik, Mordecai. Letter [manuscript] : Kensington, N.S.W., to Robert Quentin. Libraries Australia
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associatedWith Cassner, John. person
associatedWith Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983 person
associatedWith Geiger, Rodney E. person
associatedWith Goldstone, Jean Stock, 1906? - person
associatedWith Kahn, Alex person
associatedWith Keneally, Thomas, 1935-. person
associatedWith Kerr, Walter F., 1913-1966. person
associatedWith Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976 person
associatedWith Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963. person
associatedWith Online Archive of California. corporateBody
associatedWith Peter Blais Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Quentin, Robert. person
associatedWith Rapp, Franz, 1885-1951. person
associatedWith Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dept. of Theater. corporateBody
associatedWith Soyinka, Wole. person
associatedWith Thomas, Michael. person
associatedWith Wise, Herbert A. person
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Theater programs
Theaters--Stage-setting and scenery
Theater--20th century--Archives
Set designers--20th century
Dramatists, American--20th century
Theater--History--20th century--Sources
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Birth 1899-08-25

Death 1990

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