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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A screen depicts a steer being burned. [Snyder and Joan deliver their opening
verses, but the two policemen do not appear. Nor does Mauler speak until the
last page of the play. Instead the chorus of Black Straw Hats have other stanzas
as a ...
[continuing with the words later given to Mauler, from 'Man with his high-flown' (p.
105). Then Joan's speech 'The factories are humming again', followed by the
chorus:] Man should moderate his pacing Deserts match the planets' motions
The penultimate Scene 10 in the mission house is virtually unchanged right
through, apart from some minor rearrangements, up to the beginning of the Black
Straw Hats' 'Welcome' chorus on p. 99. This is the point in the stage script where