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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The reporters read aloud:) Joan Dark, Our Lady of the Stockyards, says God is on
the side of the packing house workers. joan: I never said anything of the kind. the
reporters: We want to tell you, Miss Dark, that public opinion is with you. Except ...
Alive to her Responsibility, that kindly lady threw Canadian yearlings on the
gutted market. The prices trembled in the balance, but Insensate Slift, no sooner
had he glimpsed Those yearlings from the distant north, than he Grabbed them at