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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I'm not easy to intimidate, and if I've got a good cause to explain, I think I'm pretty
good at it. If you ask me, something needs to be done quick. And I've got a few
suggestions. A labour leader: Fellow workers! So far the meat bosses have
A worker takes the letter and leaves. another worker: Give me the one for the
Graham plant, I know the place. the labour leader: Twenty-sixth and Michigan
Park. The worker takes the letter and leaves. the labour leader: Thirteenth Street,
Suddenly one of the men from the union headquarters stops walking and talks to
the soldiers. the labour leader: If you're taking us to jail, there's something you
ought to know. We did what we did because we want to help people like you.