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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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 ?
MARTHA ( one of the Black Straw Hats ) : Don ' t get involved in that ! 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 ...
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 will you want for bread . ' THE BLACK ...