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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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 soldiers
driven to the point where they pick up clubs and start clouting their tormentors on
the head, you shit in your pants, I've seen it before, and then all of a sudden
religion looks good to you, you expect it to pour oil on the waters. But the Lord
The doors are opened. 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