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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If you'll stop making inquiries about your husband, you can eat in our canteen for
three weeks free of charge. mrs luckerniddle: I want to know what's happened to
my husband. slift: We've told you. He's gone to Frisco. mrs luckerniddle: He ...
But even that, Slift, so far, has been only A subterfuge, for what I really fear Is
something else than God. slift: What then? mauler: Not what's above but what's
below me! Those people in the stockyards, too weak To last the night, but who
will rise ...
What's to be done With all this livestock that no one's forced to buy? the
stockbreeders: Without flying off the handle We humbly beg you to inform us
Whether, when and wherewith you mean to Pay for the livestock which Was
purchased but ...