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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Lorre, with Carola Neher as the lovely Salvationist) the production was a flop.
The same, almost simultaneously, occurred with Walter Mehring's The Merchant
of Berlin in Piscator's theatre, which now closed down as a result of a comparable
More practically perhaps, she provided a great part for Carola Neher, the
Hallelujah Lil of Happy End who would later emigrate to the USSR and
eventually be executed in a camp. This radical shift of the project's weight
probably took place in ...
Which composer might have provided the music we do not know, but his
designer Caspar Neher (unrelated to Carola) sketched a few sets and incidents
for the play: notably a kind of three-sided box on a smallish stage, with a free-