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.
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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Look this way ! Here we come . While still singing , the Black Straw Hats start
handing out their little tract , ' The War Cry ' , spoons and bowls of soup . The
workers say ' Thank you ' . Then they listen to Joan ' s speech . JOAN : We are
It looks as if the only way to help the poor is to side with them against you . ... And
take that dumb look off your faces , I know it ' s wrong to treat human beings like
cattle , but you aren ' t human beings , so get out of here and make it quick or I ' ll
THE BLACK STRAW HATS ( look toward the doors and sing ) : Spread the net ,
for they are sure to come ! They ' ve lost their lodgings and the night is wet . God
sets the cold upon them God sets the rain upon them Therefore they ' re sure to ...
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A collection of familiar and less familiar plays by Brecht. The short plays are quite amazing, as he manages to pack quite a story in a one-act structure. His use of symbolism and language is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen