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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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 .