Saint Joan of the Stockyards
Bloomsbury Academic, 01.12.2010 - 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.
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Meanwhile Joan has motioned one of the detectives over to her and said
something to him . THE DETECTIVE : Mr Mauler , there are some people over
there who would like a word with you . MAULER : A shabby bunch ? Envious
THE DETECTIVE : It ' s an organisation with numerous branches and a large
membership . The lower classes think the world of them and call them the
Soldiers of the Lord . MAULER : I ' ve heard of them . ' Soldiers of the Lord ' ; that '
s an odd ...
FIRST DETECTIVE ( reporting ) : The crowds , sir , reach farther than the eye can
see . If one were to shout the name of Joan , ten or a hundred might answer .
Faceless and nameless , they sit waiting . Besides , a single voice could never ...