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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Yesterday we took another big pay cut And today again they've posted a notice,
saying: Anyone who isn't satisfied with The wages here can leave. Okay, let's
leave, the whole lot of us, and fuck Their daily shrinking wages. Silence This work
And now, angelic spirit, out Into the rain with you! Out into the snowstorm with
your self-righteousness ! joan: You mean I should take off my uniform? snyder:
Take off your uniform and pack your bag! Leave this house and take the riff-raff
Are you Joan Dark of the Black Straw Hats? joan: No. the reporters: We were told
in Mr Mauler's office that you've sworn not to leave the stockyards before the
packing plants are opened. We've got the story right here, you can read it in bold