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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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 ...