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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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 ...
Take what you get, but realize what you're getting it for, and Then take it! Here's
my I.O.U. It's good for four years' rent. joan: Mr Mauler, I don't understand what
you've been saying And I don't wish to understand. (She stands up.) I know I
We did what we did because we want to help people like you. A soldier: If you
want to help us, get a move on. the labour leader: What's the hurry? the soldier:
You scared? the labour leader: Yes. But that's not what I want to talk about.