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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A group of reporters come along, led by a man. the man (pointing at Joan): That's
her. (To Joan:) These men are reporters. the reporters: Hello, there. Are you Joan
Dark of the Black Straw Hats? joan: No. the reporters: We were told in Mr ...
(b) Bert Brecht Saint Joan of the Stockyards - Extracts for radio 'To assuage the
misery of the stockyards, the Black Straw Hats sally forth from their mission house
. At their head Joan Dark.' Speaker: Joan 'Pierpont Mauler leaves the Livestock ...
Speakers: Mauler, Slift 'Pierpont Mauler instructs Joan Dark about the
indispensability of capitalism and religion.' Speaker: Mauler 'Joan Dark, sitting in
the stockyard district, unemployed among the unemployed, narrates a dream.'