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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I didn't Hear her, because behind her Stood people with such ghastly faces Of
misery - the misery which goes before TTieanggr .tjjj&wiH sweep us all away -
That I saw nothing else. Now, Slift I'm going to tell you what I really think About
They sit down at some distance. workers (offstage, in the stockyards): They will
not open the packing houses Until our affliction is at its height. When our misery
grows greater They will open up. But answer us they must. Don't Scene 9g 77.
No matter how great our misery grows They will not open the packing houses.
Not until their profits grow greater. Their answer will come From cannon and
machine guns. No one can help us but we ourselves Only to our fellow workers
Can we ...