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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All had abandoned the old ' Amerikanismus ' in favour of a contemporary German
setting - something rare in Brecht ' s work , and they share the same concern with
' the depths ' . A first , largely complete version of Saint Joan of the Stockyards ...
JOAN : There she sits . I thought she was as firm as a rock , yet feared She ' d
come tomorrow . And now she ' s run here quicker than we have And there she is
, waiting for us . SLIFT : Go bring her some food . Maybe she ' ll change her mind .
Stockyards . Many people waiting , among them Joan . PEOPLE : Why are you
sitting here ? JOAN : I have a letter to deliver . Three men are coming . A group of
reporters come along , led by a man . THE MAN ( pointing at Joan ) : That ' s her .
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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