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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Let's make sure it's the last time he stuffs at our expense. Better give me your
blackjack. Mine looks too flimsy. slift (to Joan): Stay here. I'll talk to him. If he
comes over, tell him you're looking for work. Then you'll see what these people
are like ...
With some body to it, all God's worries are over And Bolshevism will give up the
ghost. THE BLACK STRAW HATS: The dykes of faith have burst In our city of
Chicago And the muddy waters of materialism Are threatening to engulf its last ...
Give him the city and state! Hosanna! Give to the winner in full measure!
Hosanna! During these declamations loudspeakers announce disastrous news: '
POUND CRASHES! BANK OF ENGLAND CLOSES DOORS FOR THE FIRST
TIME IN ...