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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... it makes you Dislike me . Don ' t say anything . ( To the others : ) I feel as
though a breeze from another world had touched me . Give me your money , you
hog butchers , give me your money ! ( He takes money from their pockets and
gives it ...
GLOOMB : That ' s the foreman who ' s to blame for my sticking my hand in the tin
cutting machine . There he sits , stuffing his belly . Let ' s make sure it ' s the last
time he stuffs at our expense . Better give me your blackjack . Mine looks too ...
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 ...