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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THE MEAT KING PIERPONT MAULER RECEIVES A LETTER FROM HIS
FRIENDS IN NEW YORK Chicago , Stockyards . MAULER ( reading a letter ) : ' It
has come to our attention , dear Pierpont , that the meat market has been
Breathe easy , friends . The market ' s going to hum . Employer and prospective
employee Atrophy at last is overcome . Restored are confidence and harmony .
Ye hungry workers , eager to begin Come to the gate , the boss will let you in !
Today our advice is : come to an agreement with the breeders and get them to
limit the livestock supply ; then the market will recover . We shall be glad to give
you all possible help . More tomorrow , dear Pierpont . Your friends in New York .