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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Joan shows the gentlemen of the Livestock Exchange the poor whom she has
brought with her. mauler (screaming): Take them away! (He faints.) voice (in the
rear): Pierpont Mauler has fainted. the poor: That's him. He's the guilty party.
10 PIERPONT MAULER HUMBLES HIMSELF AND IS EXALTED The Black
Straw Hat Mission. martha (to another Black Straw Hat): Three days ago a
messenger from Pierpont Mauler the meat king came and told us that Pierpont
'Pierpont Mauler and his agent Sullivan Slift, having made their arrangements,
gloat at the prospect of a black day for the Chicago Livestock Exchange.'
Speakers: Mauler, Slift 'Pierpont Mauler instructs Joan Dark about the
indispensability of ...