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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Joan comes in with the stockbreeders and a few workers . JOAN : We ' ll lure him
out of his hole the way we ' d catch a cricket . You stand over there , because if he
hears me singing he ' ll try to avoid me by slipping out the other way . Because ...
Bertolt Brecht. The sight of them won ' t scare me . SLIFT ( steps out . To the
stockbreeders ) : To save the state of Illinois and avert the ruin of its farmers and
stockbreeders , Pierpont Mauler has decided to buy up all the livestock on the
THE STOCKBREEDERS : There ' s nothing left . What could be sold ... A
STOCKBREEDER : Eight hundred Kentucky steers at forty . THE PACKERS ...
THE STOCKBREEDERS : Eight hundred steers to Sullivan Slift at forty . THE
PACKERS : It ...