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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Show yourselves . Don ' t be ashamed . 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 BLACK STRAW HATS ( singing ) : Singing we gather pence for the poor
They ' ve got neither bed nor board But the Almighty Lord With his Eternal Word
Will somehow keep the wolf from their door . PAUL SNYDER , MAJOR OF THE ...
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 your first impulse !