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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You've had enough to kill a mule. a woman: Some nerve! joan: Did you say
something? the woman: I sure did. Some nerve! Drinking up the old man's
whiskey! joan: Shut up, you ninny! Hey, where's my scarf? They've gone and
The movement of the stars Over his head would no longer be governed by The
old rule. Words Would change their meaning ... me? a woman: Gone. a worker: I
knew she'd beat it when it really started snowing. Three workers come along,
Just try that. people (below, to God): D'you mind keeping your cigar smoke down
? a man: It's getting dreadfully cold again. the old gentleman: Just listen. Shut up!
a woman: Who's that fellow with the starched collar? I bet you're warm enough ...