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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Tell Pierpy to lay off, he's touching A vital nerve! slift (to Snyder): What do you
want of us? graham (punches him again): What do you suppose they want, Slift?
With an air of exaggerated slyness Slift makes the gesture of handing out money.
Somewhat giving the lie to Brecht's disclaimer of all blasphemous intention, He
makes His appearance in the Salvationists' citadel rather diffidently in a draft of
scene 7, after Snyder has prepared his listeners for the divine entrance, saying: ...
snyder: I wish you'd stop sounding so fed up. You've been grumbling ever since
we opened this place. But times have changed. god: Anyway let's hope they're
respectable people. snyder: Do you imagine we can pick and choose our ...