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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It looks like we'll have to go hungry until the fight is over. other workers: The light's
on in the offices. They're counting their profits. The Black Straw Hats enter. They
put up a sign saying: 'A bed for the night 20 cts. With coffee 30 cts.' THE BLACK ...
We advise you to stick together! If you fight Their tanks will crush you. We advise
you to fight! This battle will be lost And maybe the next one Will also be lost. But
you will learn how to fight And learn That force alone can help you and That ...
... which had remained a quality theatre for some time after Piscator left it, fell into
the hands of empty-minded hacks. Small groups carried on the fight against the
growing reaction, in the teeth of financial problems and difficulties with the police.