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.
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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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 .
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A collection of familiar and less familiar plays by Brecht. The short plays are quite amazing, as he manages to pack quite a story in a one-act structure. His use of symbolism and language is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen