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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In that same moment , I ' d be reduced to nothing And the falling rock would pass
right over me . Were it not so , the whole shebang would have to be destroyed
And rebuilt according to a different plan Based on a radical new concept of man ...
In view of the symptoms of an impending saturation of the market ( falling prices ,
heightened competition , the threat of protective tariffs in the adjoining states )
Pierpont Mauler decides to take his money out of the meat business . His shares
In the Versuche version the chorus is included , and is followed by an additional
episode ' Stockyards . Area outside the Lennox plant ' s warehouses ' , which
ends with Joan falling in a faint . In the Malik edition this episode becomes scene