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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The Lord's soup will never run out. the workers: When will you finally Open your
crawling cellars You butchers of men? Groups form. a man: Now how will I finish
paying for the cute little damp little cottage Where twelve of us live? Seventeen ...
Ask many Questions and you'll get many answers. joan: Never mind. I want to
see this Mauler Who's at the bottom of so much misery. THE BLACK STRAW
HATS: In that case, Joan, your future looks black to us. Don't get involved in
(To the poor:) There'll be work for you on Monday. the poor: We've never seen
anybody like that. The two who were with him are more familiar. They look a lot
worse than he does. joan: Now before we go, open your hymn books at: 'Never