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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The drums of the Black Straw Hats and Joan's voice are heard. joan's voice:
Pierpont Mauler! Where is Mauler? mauler: What's that drjumming I hear? Who's
The Black Straw Hats enter, singing their battle hymn. THE BLACK STRAW HATS
The Black Straw Hats are sitting at a long table, emptying their tin boxes and
counting the coins they have collected for the poor. THE BLACK STRAW HATS (
singing): Singing we gather pence for the poor They've got neither bed nor board
(Sitting on their last chairs and benches, the Black Straw Hats sing their last
hymns confusedly.) By the waters of Lake Michigan Here we sit and weep. Take
the mottoes off the walls Wrap the hymn books in the unvictorious flag For we can