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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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 ...