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 decisive preliminary step here was the merging of the ' proverbial Salvation
Army lass ' - once ' Mimosa Bess ' , after Hauptmann herself , then ' Lilian Holliday
' , then ' Marie Andersen ' - with the classic militant figure of Jeanne d ' Arc ...
MAULER : Our overriding purpose In this dark time of cruel confusion Of
dehumanized humanity When in our cities the unrest never ceases ( For once
again Chicago is shaken by rumours of an impending general strike ) Is to
prevent the brute ...
... see her sway By the sudden light distracted . It was human how you acted !
Human how you lost your way ! JOAN ( while the girls dress her once more in the
uniform of the Black Straw Hats ) : The factories are humming again , I can ...