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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They come to a factory canteen and see two men looking in through a window.
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
... because if he hears me singing he'll try to avoid me by slipping out the other
way. Because he doesn't want to see me. (She laughs.) Or the people with me for
that matter. The stockbreeders station themselves outside the right-hand door.
... make further changes around 1937 was presumably due partly to the proposed
Copenhagen production and partly to the preparation of the new Malik edition. At
the same time Brecht evidently did feel some obligation to strengthen the hand ...