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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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
writers at the new and openly Communist Piscatorbiihne in the summer of 1927,
though its title appears among the projects that Piscator announced, along with a
couple of other unrealised Brecht schemes. What Piscator did however produce ...
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 Lorre, ...