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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And the police look on while they agitate? Hell and damnation! Call up the police
this minute, use my name, ask them what we're paying taxes for. Tell them to
bash the agitators' heads in, don't beat about the bush. The first detective goes
Besides, the police are clearing the stockyards and starting to shoot. mauler: To
shoot? At whom? Yes, yes, of course. How strange. In herejone doesn't heara
thing! So they can't find her, and there's shooting? Go To the phone booths, find
... which had remained a quality theatre for some time after Piscator left it, fell into
the hands of empty-minded hacks. Small groups carried on the fight against the
growing reaction, in the teeth of financial problems and difficulties with the police.