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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A first , largely complete version of Saint Joan of the Stockyards was hammered
out in the course of 1930 , in between work on the Lehrstücke and the film of The
Threepenny Opera ; and with this the collective ' s long search for the major play
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 .