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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I THE MEAT KING PIERPONT MAULER RECEIVES A LETTER FROM HIS
FRIENDS IN NEW YORK Chicago, Stockyards. mauler (reading a letter): 'It has
come to our attention, dear Pierpont, that the meat market has been severely
Here it is. 'Dear Pierpont . . .' slift (continues to read): 'We can now inform you that
our money is beginning to bear fruit. A good many Congressmen are going to
vote against the tariffs. It therefore seems advisable to buy meat, dear Pierpont.
'Not long ago, dear Pierpont, we wrote advising you to buy meat. Today our
advice is: come to an agreement with the breeders and get them to limit the
livestock supply; then the market will recover. We shall be glad to give you all