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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This scheme began roughly where In the Jungle of Cities had left off , with its
early twentieth - century Chicago setting , its Jungle metaphor , its sense of the
great cold city and even its brief introduction of the Salvation Army . But where
writers at the new and openly Communist Piscatorbühne in the summer of 1927 ,
though its title appears among the projects that Piscator announced , along with a
couple of other unrealised Brecht schemes . What Piscator did however ...
... Burri and Hauptmann spent in the South of France at Le Lavandou ( where
much of the work on The Threepenny Opera had been done two years earlier ) ;
and it was not till after this that the Berlin magazine Tempo first publicised its