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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Slift goes back to Joan. mrs luckerniddle: I've got to have my husband back. He's
my only support. joan: She will never come. Twenty meals may mean a good
deal To a hungry person, but they Are not the whole story. Joan and Slift walk on.
Leave this house and take the riff-raff you've brought here with you. It's only scum
and riff-raff that go chasing after you. And soon you'll be one of them. Go get your
things. Joan goes out and comes back with a small suitcase, dressed like a ...
Bertolt Brecht. (Goes out.) snyder: Poor ignorant thing! What you don't see is that,
ranged In huge batallions, employers and employed Confront each other
irreconcilably. Go on, run back and forth between them, trying To reconcile, to