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.
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 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 ...
THE BLACK STRAW HATS ( turning toward her ) ; Undecided 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
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A collection of familiar and less familiar plays by Brecht. The short plays are quite amazing, as he manages to pack quite a story in a one-act structure. His use of symbolism and language is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen