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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'Twas because the poor beast's bellowing Sickened my heart. graham: Oh, great
Mauler, now at last I see The full extent of your greatness. Even your heart Has
foresight! LENNOX: Mauler, I'd like just once more . . . graham: Touch him in the ...
Mauler has bought canned meat! mauler: At the current price. graham (stops him
): And what they've got in storage? mauler (lying on the floor): I'll buy it. graham:
At fifty? mauler: At fifty! graham: He's bought it. Did you hear? He's bought it.
Enter the packers Cridle, Graham and Meyers, and the broker Slift. meyers: I've
been wondering, Graham: where's all the livestock? graham: I've been
wondering, too: where is the livestock? slift: So have I. graham: Really? You have