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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5 JOAN INTRODUCES THE POOR TO THE LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE The
Livestock Exchange. the packers: We've got canned meat for sale! Buy canned
meat, you wholesalers! Fresh and succulent canned meat! Mauler & Cridle's Leaf
You fellows have the livestock. slift: As true as I'm sitting here, Mauler and I haven
't bought one cent's worth of livestock. ... Joan enters. slift: Here comes our St
Joan of the Livestock Exchange. the three packers (bellowing at Joan): We're not
Police Chief Forsees Chicago Anarchy If Livestock Chaos Lasts!' p. 73, before 9(f
) 'Livestock Exchange': 'Amazing Sensation on Livestock Exchange!' 'Pierpont
Mauler's Giant Corner Sinks Packing Plants!' 'Bankrupting Threatens Major