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Mordecai Gorelik

“When the field was in its infancy, he influenced stage design,

                helped define the designer's role in the production process,

                                   and challenged the American stage in theory and practice."³

Mordecai Gorelik (1899-1990) was an American theatrical designer, best known for his work with the Group Theatre and his metaphorical approach to scenic design.¹

Throughout the 20th century, he collaborated with some of the most influential theater makers, such as Lee Strasberg, Arthur Miller, and Eugene O'Neill.²

Having been influenced by the genius of Bertolt Brecht in the 1935, Mordecai Gorelik was also the first American theatre practitioner to introduce "Epic Theater" to America.¹ 



1. Fletcher, Anne. "The Gestus of Scene Design: Mordecai Gorelik and the Theatre Union's Production of Brecht's 'The Mother'"Theatre History Studies 23 (2003):

            95-108. ProQuest. Web. 15 May 2016.

2. Sweetnam, Robert R. "Books in Review: Rediscovering Mordecai Gorelik: Scene Design and the American Theatre."New England Theatre Journal 21 (2010):

            181-83. ProQuest. Web. 15 May 2016.

3. Fletcher, Anne. Rediscovering Mordecai Gorelik: Scene Design and the American Theatre. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2009. Print.

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