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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Running like a grey thread through this richly textured patchwork however there
was a persistent wish to write a great narrative play on a contemporary subject for
production by the orthodox theatre apparatus. This scheme began roughly ...
These appear to have included an untitled Salvation Army play with which Brecht
himself was scarcely if at all involved, as well as such important fragments as The
Breadshop (with its chorus of German unemployed), Fatzer and Nothing ...
The play was evolved from Elisabeth Hauptmann's play 'Happy End', with the
collaboration of Hauptmann, Borchardt and Burri. Use was made of classical
models and stylistic features: certain episodes were portrayed in the form