Saint Joan of the Stockyards
Bloomsbury Academic, 07.12.2010 - 160 Seiten
In this version of the story of Joan of Arc, Brecht transforms her into 'Joan Dark', a member of the 'Black Straw Hats' (a Salvation Army-like group) in twentieth century Chicago. The play charts Joan's battle with Pierpont Mauler, the unctuous owner of a meat-packing plant. Like her predecessor, Joan is a doomed woman, a martyr and (initially, at least) an innocent in a world of strike-breakers, fat cats, and penniless workers. Like many of Brecht's plays it is laced with humor and songs as part of its epic dramaturgical structure.
The play, which was never staged in Brecht's lifetime, is published here with a new translation, a full introduction and Brecht's own notes on the text.
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Introduction It was at the end of 1925, after his apprenticeship at Max Reinhardt's
Deutsches Theater had come to a somewhat muted end, that Brecht began his
own independent campaign to master and renovate the Berlin theatre. For all ...
And yet the the resultant play was, and even today still is, something of a mystery,
for its only performance in Brecht's lifetime to figure in the records was in the
much shortened radio version broadcast from Berlin in April 1932. As the radio
5 (Kiepenheuer, Berlin 1932), likewise with 11 scenes; (d) the 1 3 -scene text in
the Malik- Verlag Gesammelte Werke, Band 1 (London 193S). Of these (b) is
published in Gisela Bahr's critical volume in the Edition Suhrkamp, no. 427 (