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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Here we come . While still singing , the Black Straw Hats start handing out their
little tract , ' The War Cry ' , spoons and bowls of soup . The workers say ' Thank
you ' . Then they listen to Joan's speech . JOAN : We are soldiers of God .
I'll be lucky If I come off with a hundred dollars to my name . Drums . Joan comes
in with the stockbreeders and a few workers . JOAN : We'll lure him out of his hole
the way we'd catch a cricket . You stand over there , because if he hears me ...
And He who conjured manna out of the air for His people , He will feed you too
when His hour comes , I'm referring to travelling ... You have only to persevere
and commit no foolishness , or the police will come , and that will be the finish .