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 ...
A worker runs in . THE WORKER : There ' s a job open ! At No . s Plant , it pays
wages , and It ' s calling you ! The place looks like a shithouse . Run ! Three
workers leave their full soup bowls and run away . JOAN : Hey , you , where are
I go running from pillar to post , I tell myself that if I help the people on top it will
help the people under you too . Your interests are pretty much the same , I say to
myself , so why wouldn ' t you all pull together ? Man , was I stupid ! It looks as if ...