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.
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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The Black Straw Hats enter , singing their battle hymn . THE BLACK STRAW
HATS ( singing ) : Watchful , be watchful . Look , there ' s a man going down .
Somebody crying for rescue Some girl about to drown . Stop all those motorcars ,
THE BLACK STRAW HATS ( singing ) : Never will you want for bread If your trust
is in your Maker . In His bosom rest your head Harm will spare your house and
acre . How should snow and how should sleet COM Fall where He has set His
THE BLACK STRAW HATS ( singing ) : Singing we gather pence for the poor
They ' ve got neither bed nor board But the Almighty Lord With his Eternal Word
Will somehow keep the wolf from their door . PAUL SNYDER , MAJOR OF THE ...
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A collection of familiar and less familiar plays by Brecht. The short plays are quite amazing, as he manages to pack quite a story in a one-act structure. His use of symbolism and language is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen