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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writers at the new and openly Communist Piscatorbühne in the summer of 1927 ,
though its title appears among the projects that Piscator announced , along with a
couple of other unrealised Brecht schemes . What Piscator did however ...
Prior to that , some of the undated early typescripts had featured another
noteworthy character – God , who appears in a number of episodes as a slightly
querulous old man puffing his cigar , an embarrassing guest of the Salvation
Most of the dialogue appears to be in prose . But the most startling feature of what
appears to be an incomplete early version is the presence of a subsequently
expunged major character - God , also called The Old Gentleman . Somewhat ...