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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They belonged to Luckerniddle, the man who had the accident. the young fellow:
Oh please sir, don't tell anybody. I'll take them right off. I'm in a bad way. Last year
the twenty cents extra they pay in the fertilizer cellars tempted me to work on ...
mrs luckerniddle: I'm waiting for someone who said he'd be here today or
tomorrow. What is there today? waiter: Lentils. joan: There she sits. I thought she
was as firm as a rock, yet feared She'd come tomorrow. And now she's run here
I wouldn't mind being at their mission house myself. mrs luckerniddle: That was
real nice music! gloomb: Sort of. mrs luckerniddle: They're sweet people all the
same. gloomb: Sort of. the woman: But why don't they talk to us and convert us?