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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THE MEAT KING PIERPONT MAULER RECEIVES A LETTER FROM HIS
FRIENDS IN NEW YORK Chicago , Stockyards . MAULER ( reading a letter ) : ' It
has come to our attention , dear Pierpont , that the meat market has been
Buy it for sordid reasons , but because That woman moved me so deeply I can
swear I hardly glanced at the letter , it only came this morning . Here it is . ' Dear
Pierpont . . ' SLIFT ( continues to read ) : ' We can now inform you that our money
That ' s why these letters , announcing that the light and power workers have
called a sympathy strike , have to be delivered to the delegates who ' ll be waiting
for instructions from us at various points in the stockyards at ten o ' clock tonight .