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 the 1970s a production by the Glasgow Citizens with Di Trevis followed . None
of these has securely established it in the world repertoire , and Saint Joan of the
Stockyards remains something of an unsolved puzzle . The obvious problems ...
Then Joan ' s speech ' The factories are humming again ' , followed by the chorus
: ] Man should moderate his pacing Deserts match the planets ' motions And the
coasts define the oceans . All depends which way one ' s facing ! [ Thence ...
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