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 that of course is cheating Them once again. No, Slift, I wouldn't touch it. slift:
Pierpont, you shouldn't have bought meat. mauler: It was a big mistake. But now
you won't catch me buying a hat or a pair Of shoes until I'm out of this. I'll be lucky
Texts by Brecht (a) Preliminary Note to the Stage Script (193 1) Place: Chicago
Time: c.1900 A screen in the background can carry statements detailing the
course of business. This consists of a crisis of several weeks affecting the meat
Incidents in the natural world take a recognisably different course - recognisably
so because their portrayal is unhampered by the tacit short-cuts of the normal
draughtsman's perspective. Stylisation lacks an element of multiplicity that is ...