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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Not unnaturally its young impresario asked Brecht and Weill for a sequel in the
same mode, and Brecht, while promising to provide the songs, passed the writing
of the 'book' to Elisabeth Hauptmann as he himself concentrated on his first ...
With Brecht taking none of the responsibility except for the songs, and even
Hauptmann's identity obscured, this failure might simply have been swept under
the mat. Between them, however, the collective saw enough good material in
The decisive preliminary step here was the merging of the 'proverbial Salvation
Army lass' - once 'Mimosa Bess', after Hauptmann herself, then 'Lilian Holliday',
then 'Marie Andersen' - with the classic militant figure of Jeanne d'Arc, canonised