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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But what kind of place do you call the top , and how do you expect to get there ?
All right . We Black Straw Hats have a very practical question to ask you : What
does a man need to get to the top ? WORKER : A stiff collar . JOAN : No , not a
Mauler comes out with Slift his broker and group of packers . Behind him two
detectives . THE PACKERS : The question is who can hold out longest . MAULER
: Lennox is sunk . ( To Lennox :) You're through . Admit it . And Cridle , I expect
... which We don't expect of you , at least put your stamp of approval On those
required of others . In short : you must Rebuild God The only salvation , and Beat
the drum for Him , to get Him a Foothold in the slums And make His voice