Mordecai (Max) Gorelik (1899 - 1990) was a theatrical designer who also wrote, produced and directed plays. He was a 1920 graduate of the Pratt Institute, and worked principally as a scene designer. However, he also designed costumes, directed lighting and taught theater. He was a research professor in theater at Southern Illinois University from 1960 to 1972 and taught at San Jose State College. He is the author of the classic book ((New Theaters for Old)), published in 1940 and still used today in universities, theater departments. Gorelik was also the American expert on the work of Bertold Brecht and EPIC Theater.
He married Frences Strauss in 1936, they had two children a son Eugene Gorelik and a daughter Linda Gorelik. Frences Strauss died on June 5,1966.
Gorelik created scenic designs for Men in White, Golden Boy, Tortilla Flat, Casey Jones, All My Sons, Desire Under the Elms, The Flowering Peach, A Hatful of Rain, The Plough and the Stars, and Volpone.
Gorelik was also the translator and adapter of 1963's The Firebugs, by Swiss playwright Max Frisch.
- Mordecai Gorelik Papers, 1900-1975 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Special Collections Research Center.
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