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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The Meat Packers come to Mauler ' s assistance . ) . THE PACKERS : Water for
Pierpont Mauler ! A doctor for Mauler ! JOAN : You ' ve shown me , Mauler , the
Baseness of the poor . Now I will show you The poverty of the poor , for , kept at a
JOAN ( to the packers ) : So they ' re still waiting ? ( The packers are silent . ) And
I thought they ' d been taken care of . For seven days now the snow has been
falling on them And the selfsame snow that is killing them hides Them from every
THE PACKERS : Nothing left ? The railroad pens Are clogged with livestock .
THE STOCKBREEDERS : All sold . THE PACKERS : Sold to whom ? Mauler
comes in . The Packers besiege him . THE PACKERS : Not a steer to be had in