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.
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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When the dust cleared after Happy End , and the Brecht collective ( as it was now
sometimes called ) resumed work on the hoped - for major play , both the
politicoeconomic setting and the literary material had changed . The Threepenny
Between them , however , the collective saw enough good material in Happy End
, even apart from Weill ' s music , to want to rework it and use it in a fresh assault
on the dormant Wheat project . There was the setting of ' cold Chicago ' which ...
Oh , we must leave our happy home The organ and the penitents ' bench , yes we
too Are economically at risk . Oh , if only His glance would fall on us ! THE
STOCK BREEDERS : At least He has abandoned That terrible head - shaking !
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A collection of familiar and less familiar plays by Brecht. The short plays are quite amazing, as he manages to pack quite a story in a one-act structure. His use of symbolism and language is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen