Rediscovering Mordecai Gorelik: Scene Design and the American Theatre [NOOK Book]

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Rediscovering Mordecai Gorelik explores the life and work of the pioneering scene designer whose career spanned decades in American theatre. Anne Fletcher’s insightful volume draws intriguing parallels and contrasts between Gorelik’s productions and the theatrical movements of the twentieth century, exposing the indelible mark he left on the stage. Through in-depth analysis of his letters, diaries, designs, and theoretical works, Fletcher examines the ways in which Gorelik’s productions can be used as a mirror to...

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Overview

Rediscovering Mordecai Gorelik explores the life and work of the pioneering scene designer whose career spanned decades in American theatre. Anne Fletcher’s insightful volume draws intriguing parallels and contrasts between Gorelik’s productions and the theatrical movements of the twentieth century, exposing the indelible mark he left on the stage. Through in-depth analysis of his letters, diaries, designs, and theoretical works, Fletcher examines the ways in which Gorelik’s productions can be used as a mirror to reflect the shifting dramatic landscapes of his times.

Fletcher places Gorelik against the colorful historical backdrops that surrounded him—including the avant-garde movement of the 1920s, World War II, the Cold War, and absurdism—using the designer’s career as a window into the theatre during these eras. Within these cultural contexts, Gorelik sought to blaze his own unconventional path through the realms of theatre and theory. Fletcher traces Gorelik’s tenures with such companies as the Provincetown Players, the Theatre Guild, and the Theatre Union, as well as his relationships with icons such as Bertolt Brecht, revealing how his interactions with others influenced his progressive designs and thus set the stage for major dramatic innovations. In particular, Fletcher explores Gorelik’s use of scenic metaphor: the employment of stage design techniques to subtly enhance the tone or mood of a production. Fletcher also details the designer’s written contributions to criticism and theory, including the influential volume New Theatres for Old, as well as other articles and publications.

In addition to thorough examinations of several of Gorelik’s most famous projects, Rediscovering Mordecai Gorelik contains explications of productions by such legends as John Howard Lawson, Clifford Odets, and Arthur Miller. Also included are numerous full-color and black-and-white illustrations of Gorelik’s work, most of which have never been available to the public until now. More than simply a portrait of one man, this indispensable volume is a cultural history of American theatre as seen through the career of a visionary designer and theoretician.

 

 

 

 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809386819
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2009
  • Series: Theater in the Americas
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Fletcher is an associate professor of theatre at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her recent work has appeared in Brecht, Broadway and United States Theatre, and Interrogating America through Theatre and Performance
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Table of Contents


Contents
List of Illustrations xiii
Preface: [Re]Discovering Max and [Re]Positioning Myself xv
Acknowledgments
Introduction: ¿Why Remember Max?¿
1. [Re]Acclimating to New Worlds
2. [Re]Considering the Provincetown
3. [Re]Fashioning European Scenic Practices at Home and Abroad
4. Resisting Realism
5. [Re]Thinking ¿American¿
6. [Re]Surfacing Resentments
7. The Revolting Playwrights
8. Workers Theatres
9. Responding to the Times: The Group Theatre
10. [Re]Defining Broadway Theatre Practices at the Theatre Union
11. [Re]Grouping: Hiatus Abroad and Return to the Group
12. [Re]Locating, Hollywood and New York in the 1940s
13. [Re]Assessing in the 1950s 000
14. [Re]Inventing and [Re]Viewing
Appendix A: Mordecai Gorelik Chronology
Appendix B: Apprenticeships to 1928
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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