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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Berthold Viertel planned a travelling production based on Vienna; and the
Mannheim National Theatre is also said to have applied. At Darmstadt, whose
regional (Land) theatre had given the world premieres of Man equals Man and
The second has had a number of productions since Grund- gens's premiere,
notably by Benno Besson at different German and Swiss theatres; by the Berliner
Ensemble in 1968 (a production that unhappily led to the replacement for a time
Even as our own theatres were closing, the State Theatre staged a new
production of one of my earlier plays; but it cost the Intendant his job. Even the
radio performed scenes from my play 'Saint Joan of the Stockyards' - the
organisers were ...