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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Giving Your livestock the cold shoulder, death Has shut up shop. the packers (
shouting at Mauler, who is reading the paper): Treacherous Mauler, fouling your
own nest! You think we don't know who's been knocking the bottom Out of the ...
THE WHOLESALERS (shouting): With your unscrupulous profiteering Driving
prices out of sight You're ruining yourselves You blockheads! the packers (
shouting back): Blockheads yourselves! No one's to blame for crises! Over us ...
He's bought it. brokers (in the rear, shouting through megaphones): Pier- pont
Mauler is propping up the meat market. He has contracted to buy up the meat
ring's entire stocks at the current price of fifty. In addition, he's buying two months'