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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... e. hauptmann Translated by ralph manheim Characters joan dark, lieutenant in
the Black Straw Hats pierpont mauler, meat king cridle/graham/lennox/meyers,
meat packers slift, a broker MRS LUCKERNIDDLE gloomb, a worker paul snyder
PAUL SNYDER, MAJOR OF THE BLACK STRAW HATS (stands up): Very little!
Very little! (To some poor people in the background, among them Mrs
Luckemiddle and Gloomb:) You here again? Are you going to spend your life
here? Didn't ...