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.
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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This meant abandoning the old German Socialist tradition of disseminating the
arts , as seen in the People ' s Stage movement to which both Piscator and the
Kroll Opera had been attached . Instead the KPD set out to split the amateur
What Piscator did however produce was Konjunktur ( or ' Boom ' ) , the largely
forgotten play by Leo Lania about the international oil business which led Brecht
to formulate the problems of relating individual actions to economic forces .
Piscator ' s theatre , that had harnessed a whole generation of playwrights , was
ruined ; the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm closed , which had introduced a
number of innovations and grouped such gifted actors as Oskar Homolka , Peter
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A collection of familiar and less familiar plays by Brecht. The short plays are quite amazing, as he manages to pack quite a story in a one-act structure. His use of symbolism and language is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen