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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MAULER : No . ' Twas because the poor beast ' s bellowing Sickened my heart .
GRAHAM : Oh , great Mauler , now at last I see The full extent of your greatness .
Even your heart Has foresight ! LENNOX : Mauler , I ' d like just once more .
GRAHAM ( stops him ) : And what they ' ve got in storage ? MAULER ( lying on
the floor ) : I ' ll buy it . GRAHAM : At fifty ? MAULER : At fifty ! GRAHAM : He ' s
bought it . Did you hear ? He ' s bought it . BROKERS ( in the rear , shouting
Enter the packers Cridle , Graham and Meyers , and the broker Slift . MEYERS : I '
ve been wondering , Graham : where ' s all the livestock ? GRAHAM : I ' ve been
wondering , too : where is the livestock ? SLIFT : So have I . GRAHAM : Really ...