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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SLIFT ( to Snyder ) : What do you want of us ? GRAHAM ( punches him again ) :
What do you suppose they want , Slift ? With an air of exaggerated slyness Slift
makes the gesture of handing out money . GRAHAM : You guessed it , Slift .
Somewhat giving the lie to Brecht ' s disclaimer of all blasphemous intention , He
makes His appearance in the Salvationists ' citadel rather diffidently in a draft of
scene 7 , after Snyder has prepared his listeners for the divine entrance , saying ...
SNYDER : I wish you ' d stop sounding so fed up . You ' ve been grumbling ever
since we opened this place . But times have changed . GOD : Anyway let ' s hope
they ' re respectable people . SNYDER : Do you imagine we can pick and ...