Guide to the Mordecai Gorelik Play Scripts

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Mordecai Gorelik play scripts
Date: 1957-1989
Collection Number: MS-P068
Creator: Gorelik, Mordecai, 1899-
Extent: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Languages: The collection is in English.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection consists of typescripts of plays written or annotated by stage designer Mordecai Gorelik. Included are typescripts of Rainbow Terrace, The Feast of Unreason, and The Annotated Hamlet, Southern Illinois University's production of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The collection also includes photocopies of three news articles and one photocopy of a letter.

Important Information for Researchers

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Mordecai Gorelik play scripts. MS-P068. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Muriel M. Shishkoff, 2004

Custodial History

Materials were acquired by Muriel M. Shishkoff, neighbor to Gorelik and friend of his second wife, in the 1980s.

Processing History

Processed by Dawn Schmitz, 2009.

Historical Background

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.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of typescripts of plays written or annotated by stage designer Mordecai Gorelik. Included are typescripts of Rainbow Terrace, The Feast of Unreason, and The Annotated Hamlet, Southern Illinois University's production of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The collection also includes photocopies of three news articles and one photocopy of a letter.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged first by type of material and then chronologically.

Related Collections

Related materials can be found in the following collection:
  • Mordecai Gorelik papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Gorelik, Mordecai, 1899-
Theater -- 20th century -- Archives

Genres and Formats of Materials

Scripts (documents) -- 20th century

Occupations

Playwrights


Collection Contents

Box : Folder 1 : 1

Clippings and correspondence 1978-1989

Box : Folder 1 : 2

Rainbow Terrace 1957-1967, 1981

Box : Folder 1 : 3

The Feast of Unreason 1981

Box : Folder 1 : 4

The Annotated Hamlet undated