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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When the dust cleared after Happy resumed Work ori~the hoped-for major play,
both the politico- economic setting and the literary material had changed. * * *
The Threepenny Opera had proved to be an outstanding and wholly unexpected
A first, largely complete version of Saint Joan of the Stockyards was hammered
out in the course of 1930, in between work on the Lehrstiicke and the film of The
Threepenny Opera; and with this the collective's long search for the major play at
This radical shift of the project's weight probably took place in the summer
holidays of 1930, which Brecht, Burri and Hauptmann spent in the South of
France at Le Lavandou (where much of the work on The Threepenny Opera had
been done ...