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.
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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SNYDER : Eight hundred dollars a month , because we need hot soup and loud
music . We ' ll also promise them that the rich will be punished , after death of
course . The three laugh uproariously . SNYDER : And all that for only eight
If one were to shout the name of Joan , ten or a hundred might answer . Faceless
and nameless , they sit waiting . Besides , a single voice could never make itself
heard with all those people running around , shouting for members of their ...
MEYERS : Fifteen hundred at eighty . SLIFT : Only five hundred at eighty !
MEYERS : Five thousand at eighty ! Cutthroat ! MAULER ( has gone back to the
pillar ) : Slift , I feel sick . Lay off . SLIFT : I wouldn ' t dream of it . There ' s life in '
em yet .
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A collection of familiar and less familiar plays by Brecht. The short plays are quite amazing, as he manages to pack quite a story in a one-act structure. His use of symbolism and language is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen