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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Joan and Martha are waiting down below; above, the meat packers Lennox and
Graham in conversation. Lennox is chalky-white. The sound of the Livestock
Exchange behind them. graham: Alas, good Lennox, what a bitter blow Vile
Maybe Because I like your face, because it's so Jnnocent, though you've lived for
twenty years. martha (to Joan): I wouldn't trust that man. Forgive me, Joan. I too
am going to leave you. Frankly, I think you too Had better quit all this! Martha ...
10 PIERPONT MAULER HUMBLES HIMSELF AND IS EXALTED The Black
Straw Hat Mission. martha (to another Black Straw Hat): Three days ago a
messenger from Pierpont Mauler the meat king came and told us that Pierpont