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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Joan shows the gentlemen of the Livestock Exchange the poor whom she has
brought with her. mauler (screaming): Take them away! (He faints.) voice (in the
rear): Pierpont Mauler has fainted. the poor: That's him. He's the guilty party.
The Black Straw Hats are sitting at a long table, emptying their tin boxes and
counting the coins they have collected for the poor. THE BLACK STRAW HATS (
singing): Singing we gather pence for the poor They've got neither bed nor board
I'll bring you some soup. snyder (coming back): Ask the poor to your table and
treat them To rain water and high-flown words When even in heaven there's no
compassion for them But only snow! Without the least humility you Gave in to