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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Editorial Notes (a) General structure There are four principal scripts or versions
prior to 1945: (a) a loosely assembled sequence of scenes and episodes,
incomplete as to scenes 9 and 10; (b) the 11-scene duplicated stage script sent
out by ...
They really shouldn't be necessary. [And this ends the scene.] Two other short
exchanges seem to be set in the mission house. In the first, God, under his earlier
name of The Old Gentleman, points to an old man with a fiddle: old gentleman:
The penultimate Scene 10 in the mission house is virtually unchanged right
through, apart from some minor rearrangements, up to the beginning of the Black
Straw Hats' 'Welcome' chorus on p. 99. This is the point in the stage script where