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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Where'd you get that jacket and that cap? They belonged to Luckerniddle, the
man who had the accident. the young fellow: Oh please sir, don't tell anybody. I'll
take them right off. I'm in a bad way. Last year the twenty cents extra they pay in ...
The worker sits down. slift (behind him): Nice cap you've got there. (The worker
hides it.) Where'd you get it? the worker: Bought it. slift: Where'd you buy it? the
worker: I didn't buy it in a store. slift: Where did you get it then? the worker: I got it
I'll skin those characters alive For that's my nature. slift: I'm glad to see you
recovered, Mauler, from Your recent weakness. So now I'll run along And watch
them buying livestock. Slift goes out. mauler: ^ D f^Ti □ It's time that someone
took the ...