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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... slaughterhouse Summoned by rumours of impending violence Hoping to stop
the brute force of the short - sighted workers From smashing their tools and
Destroying their livelihood We propose to bring back God . Diminished in glory
Escape close scrutiny that they are customers Though many will not understand ,
it is Essential to lock out a third of all the work force For labour too has glutted the
market and must be Curtailed ! ALL : The only way ! MAULER : And wages cut !
The truth is that Where force rules only force can help and In the human world
only humans can help . ALL ( sing the first verse of the hymn to drown out Joan ' s
words ) : Shower the rich with Thy treasure ! Hosanna ! And virtue and leisure !