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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Take them, get rid of them, they're only using up a hook in the cloakroom and
making a bad impression. My advice is to burn them, the sooner the better. I'm
asking you, because I know you're reliable. I'd be fired if they were found
Let's make sure it's the last time he stuffs at our expense. Better give me your
blackjack. Mine looks too flimsy. slift (to Joan): Stay here. I'll talk to him. If he
comes over, tell him you're looking for work. Then you'll see what these people
are like ...
... died of pneumonia in the stockyards, in the service of God, warrior and martyr.
mauler: When purity Unmarred and whole And loving kindness beckoned They
shook vile men like you and me Arousing in our hearts a second And better soul!