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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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 market with secret sales of livestock ! Hell , you ' ve been ...
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 !
If one were to shout the name of Joan , ten or a hundred might answer . Faceless
and nameless , they sit waiting . Besides , a single voice could never make itself
heard with all those people running around , shouting for members of their ...