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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d THE BLACK STRAW HATS WORKED IN THE STOCKYARDS FROM
MORNING TO NIGHT , BUT WHEN NIGHT FELL THEY HAD ACCOMPLISHED
NEXT TO NOTHING . Outside the Lennox packing plant . A WORKER : There ' s a
( To the other man : ) I ' ve thought it over ; we ' ll do it tomorrow night . Such jobs
are best done at night . So long . ( Goes up to Joan . ) Looking for work ? JOAN :
Yes . GLOOMB : Eyesight okay ? JOAN : No . I worked in the fertilizer cellars last