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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While still singing , the Black Straw Hats start handing out their little tract , ' The
War Cry ' , spoons and bowls of soup . The workers say ' Thank you ' . Then they
listen to Joan ' s speech . JOAN : We are soldiers of God . Because of our hats ...
Three workers leave their full soup bowls and run away . JOAN : Hey , you ,
where are you running so fast ? When you ' re being told about God ! I guess that
' s something you don ' t care to hear about ! A BLACK STRAW HAT : We ' re out
Dear Mr Mulberry , some hot soup now Hot soup with music and we ' ve got them
. In my mind ' s eye I see The kingdom of heaven complete . If only we can scare
up a band and some decent soup With some body to it , all God ' s.
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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