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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writers at the new and openly Communist Piscatorbiihne in the summer of 1927,
though its title appears among the projects that Piscator announced, along with a
couple of other unrealised Brecht schemes. What Piscator did however produce ...
Bertolt Brecht. urgency: with the growing crisis of the Weimar Republic the cold in
Berlin was becoming real, not only figurative (looks, hearts, blood); the
unemployed in the lengthening queues were feeling the chill, and across the
This radical shift of the project's weight probably took place in the summer
holidays of 1930, which Brecht, Burri and Hauptmann spent in the South of
France at Le Lavandou (where much of the work on The Threepenny Opera had
been done ...