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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... can eat in our canteen for three weeks free of charge . MRS LUCKERNIDDLE :
I want to know what ' s happened to my husband . SLIFT : We ' ve told you . He ' s
gone to Frisco . MRS LUCKERNIDDLE : He hasn ' t gone to Frisco Scene 4 25.
She ' s gone . Another section of the stockyard district . Hurrying towards the city ,
Joan hears two passing workers . THE FIRST : First they launched a rumour that
the packing plants were going to start up again and put everybody to work .
Your wealth is gone . You ' ll have to face it : gone . But not because we are no
longer blessed With earthly goods – which are not within the reach Of all – but
only because we have no feeling For higher things . That ' s why we are poor !