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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Shouts in the distance. the workers (front): What's that shouting? A gigantic river
of humanity from the direction of the packing plants! voice (from the rear): Mauler
and Cridle are closing down too! The Mauler plants have shut their gates! the ...
But laughter, provoked by shouted jibes, has spread to front stage. the packers:
Eighty thousand cans at half price. But hurry! the wholesalers: Nary a one! the
packers: Mauler! That means we're sunk. joan: Where is Mauler? mauler: Don't
We've got the story right here, you can read it in bold type on the front page. (
Joan turns away. The reporters read aloud:) Joan Dark, Our Lady of the
Stockyards, says God is on the side of the packing house workers. joan: I never
said anything ...